The Power of Color – Streetart around the world Part VII: London, UK

London is the only place I’ve done an actual street art tour in and it’s something I promised myself to do more of. Because that way you actually see more art around the streets than you would normally discover. And London definitely has plenty of it.
I’ll make sure to update this as soon as I go back there, which hopefully will be sooner than later.

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10 Songs I can’t live without: Part V

It’s time again – my February (or all time) favourites are here! Happy listening.

#1 Nick Mulvey – Unconditional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I always think about summer and the beach when I listen to Nick Mulvey. And about that incredible, intimate concert of his in Hamburg a couple of years ago. If you ever have the chance to go see him – do it!


#2 Mighty Oaks – All I need

 

 

 

 

 

 


#3 Angus and Julia Stone – For you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When I listen to that song I can’t really decide if I am deeply happy because of how beautiful Angus&Julia Stone’s music is or if I just want to crawl into my bed and cry all day. So many emotions.


#4 Kings of Convenience – Misread

 

 

 

 

 

Hey, Kings of Convenience, a new album would be nice!


#5 Vance Joy – Like Gold

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A little tip: Vance Joy is on tour soon, so go check him out live! That reminds me.. I need to get the tickets as well.


#6 Jacob Banks – Unknown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another artist I’ve been introduced to by a friend. And I’ll be forever grateful for that.


#7 SZA, Travis Scott – Love Galore

 

 

 

 

This is to congratulate you to the baby, Travis Scott. And to bring a bit of HipHop into that list.


#8 Miguel – Skywalker

 

Just when I googled this it’s another Travis Scott influenced song. Not intentionally, but okay. I just love this song.


#9 Wombats – Turn

 

 

 

A NEW WOMBATS ALBUM and life is complete. I literally feel like a teenager again when I listen to their songs. Is that only me?


#10 Matt Corby – Brother

 

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen this song in my Story already. It’s just on of my all time favourites and I listen to it way too rarely, which is due to the fact that it’s not on Spotify. Get it on there please?

Cover Photo: by Thomas via Flickr

My Dublin favourites: Food, Drinks, Dance

A lot of times I get asked about my favourite places to go to in Dublin. This is why I put together this list of things I would recommend to everyone who’s ever coming to Dublin.

Favourite Pizza

  • The Big Blue Bus, Bernard Shaw – A pub with a pizza bus in their courtyard. Definitely don’t miss out on it!
  • Di Fontaines – A New York Deli kinda place where I can never not stop by after a night out.
  • Manifesto – SO DELICIOUS.
  • Skinflint – So good that I’ve already written an article about it here.
Skinflint Pizza

Skinflint Pizza

Favourite Bar

  • No Name Bar – This bar just has a super cool vibe, cool crowd and an even cooler smoking area.
  • Chelsea Drug Store – Delicious cocktails and later at night you can even dance to a pretty cool DJ downstairs.
  • Bernard Shaw – Yes, the second mention here, but it’s just a pretty cool pub full of art and creative people.
Courtyard at Bernard Shaw

Courtyard at Bernard Shaw

Favourite Place to Dance

  • Workmans – I just love it there, even though I can’t really explain to you what it is about this place. But it’s great.

Favourite Café

  • Kaph – This is the place where I fell in love with Matcha. And apparently their coffee is pretty good as well. 
  • Queen of Tarts – Definitely don’t go there if you only want a quick coffee. Their choice of cakes is enormous and I’m sure none of you would be able to go out there without trying one!
Oh, the beauty of Kaph's Matcha!

Oh, the beauty of Kaph’s Matcha!

Favourite Dinner Spot

This is really hard because there are many cool places. Obviously the pizza places are all part of it but there are a few more.

  • Musashi – Really delicious Sushi in an authentic surrounding.
  • Yamamori – Another, maybe slighty fancier, Sushi place that I love.
  • Wow Burger – It started off as a Burger Place in Workman’s, but now they have different shops around town. Check it out, their fries and burgers are delicious!
  • Neon – A thai inspired restaurant that serves free ice cream with every dish!
Yamamori's Brown Rice Sushi

Yamamori’s Brown Rice Sushi

Favourite Sweets

  • Marks&Spencers Cookies – This is not really particularly Dublin-ish but whenever I’m there I NEED to get Cookies from M&S because they are just the best things ever.
  • Brownies from Camerino – I am madly into Brownies, which is why I’d recommend the ones from Camerino to you, but I’m pretty sure the rest if their baked goods are just as delicious!

Favourite Breakfast/Lunch/Brunch

FAVOURITE BRUNCH EVER at Taco Taco

FAVOURITE BRUNCH EVER at Taco Taco

Favourite Place to calm down and relax

  • Botanic Gardens – As I’ve said on my Instagram before, I need to spend more time at Botanic Gardens because they are just so soothing and relaxing, especially when you’re in a big city.
Botanic Gardens Dublin

Botanic Gardens Dublin

Photo Friday: A love letter to Australia

Dear Australia,

I don’t know what it is about you, but whenever I think about you I wish I could jump on the next plane and just hop over for a quick visit. Maybe it is the beauty of your beaches, maybe it is the fact that it seems like it’s always sunny over there (or let’s put it that way: it DEFINITELY has to do with that fact) or maybe it is your people, that seem like the most relaxed people I’ve ever met, like nothing could ever go wrong and if it does it’s not too bad because look, there’s the sun and there’s the beach!
I guess it’s a combination of all that, because in a way you are the complete opposite of Germany. Not that Germany is bad at all, but it could use a little bit of that relaxation amongst the people, of that openness and kindness.

So happy Australia Day and I promise I will be back as soon as possible ❤

Lord Howe Island

Lord Howe Island

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Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Harbour Bridge, Sydney

Palm Cove, Sydney

Palm Cove, Sydney

Shark Bay, Sydney

Shark Bay, Sydney

Blue Mountains

Blue Mountains

Sydney Opera House

Sydney Opera House

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Bondi Beach, Sydney

Cape Tribulation

Cape Tribulation

Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach

Great Barrier Reef, Airlie Beach

Whithaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands

Whithaven Beach, Whitsunday Islands

Central Coast

Central Coast

Seal Rocks

Seal Rocks

London Highlights – Where to eat, drink, shop

London is one of those cities for me (similar to Berlin) where I couldn’t really see myself living but I also can’t stay away from for too long. This is why I spent another great weekend there as my first trip of 2018. Update: I could totally see myself living there now. 
So here’s my little guide to the London I love. Mainly shopping, eating and drinking.

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Tower Bridge, London

But let’s start with the basic things. There are three airports in London, Heathrow, Gatwick or Stansted. Well, there’s also Luton, but this is actually a new city already, so I don’t really count it in. All of them have Express trains to the city center, where you can then get the tube or bus to wherever you gotta go. Depending on how long you are staying, you might want to get an Oyster card, which costs 5 Pounds first and then you can top it up with cash as you go. I spend around 25 Pounds from Saturday til Monday. The tube system is pretty easy, so just use your Google Maps or so to find the best and quickest ways to get from A to B.

Now on to the things there are to do.

#1 Shopping
One of my favourite areas in London is Shoreditch. It just has an all around cool and chilled vibe, especially with all its Street Art, Vintage Shops and markets.

My two favourite Vintage Shops there are Beyond Retro (they also have other stores around London) and Rokit Vintage. But definitely check out these shops as well. Or check out this cool girl’s video about her favourite Vintage Stores in London. There’s also a huge Vintage market in a basement, that feels like you are stepping into a dreamland of vintage treasures. You definitely need a lot of time and patience to stroll through all the stalls, but it’s worth it. You might find that one customized and therefore unique jeans jacket that you never knew you needed.

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Beyond Retro, Shoreditch

Another place where you can find vintage treasures is Portobello Market. The flea market is on on Sundays. But be prepared: You might walk the street with millions of other tourists looking for the coolest piece – or just admiring the beautiful houses around there.

If you are more into the big fashion brands, such as Topshop, New Look or Urban Outfitters, Oxford Street is the place for you. Around there you can find all the trendy things, especially in the Topshop flagship store that swallows you up for hours.

#2 Eating
I’m just gonna give you a list with quick explanations, otherwise this blog post might get a tad bit too long.

  • Kick. This place has a sports bar vibe and even a few Fussball tables around. They offer a variety of Sandwiches to choose from (even vegan options) and a few other warm dishes as well.
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    Kick, Shoreditch
  • Kahaila Café. A little café in Shoreditch that might serve one of the best cakes I’ve had. I’m pretty sure you won’t miss it, since they have their huge, deliciously looking cakes right in their window.
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    Kahaila Café, Shoreditch
  • Opium. It’s a Dim Sum Cocktail Bar whose entrance is pretty hidden between to Chinese restaurants with chicken hanging in their windows. When you enter the bar, you feel like you’re in some kind of movie – bartenders that look like they’ve never done anything else in their life than making delicious cocktails and dimmed lights, so the whole place gets a mystic atmosphere. So worth it!
  • Shoreditch Grind. A place that serves Matcha (first things first, right?) and absolutely delicious brunch! Make sure to not get there starving, because it might take some time to get a table. Good thing they’re serving breakfast all Sunday long, right? (There are also a few other “Grinds” around London).
    Sweet Potato Cakes at Shoreditch Grind

      Sweet Potato Cakes at Shoreditch Grind
  • Pomona’s. At this place in Notting Hill I’ve tried Brunch as well. It’s a very Yoga-Mummy-kinda-place, both from the clientele and the interior, but the food was very delicious! I had to eat gluten free (or wheat free) for a while that time and they definitely had a few options. And Matcha again.

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    Pomona’s, Notting Hill

  • Blanchette. Stumbling into this french restaurant in the middle of Shoreditch is like walking from one world into the next. In a good way. A delicious place, where we enjoyed some wine and cheese and loved it!
  • Honest Burgers. A London burger chain that offers gluten free bread and (yummy!) vegetarian options – perfect!
  • Comptoir Libanese. Another London chain, this time for Libanese food. Stepping into the restaurant is like walking into a very colourful scene from The Arabian Nights – a very beautiful one. So impressive!
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    Comtpoir Libanese

     

#3 What else?
Obviously, London has way more to offer than Eating and Shopping. That’s why here are a few tips what you might want to do while there.

  • Once I was there, I visited  a little gallery called Creative Debuts, where an exhibition called “Girls, uninterrupted” took place, which showed a collection of art pieces inspired by women, feminism and female empowerment. It showed the art of wonderful artist, such has Jess Farran, Lita Poliakova or Sophie Brampton. The gallery still exists, so just check out what’s on while you’re there.
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    Girls uninterrupted exhibition
  • Tate Modern. It’s a very famous museum that is part of the Tate Gallery. It shows a mix of temporary and permanent exhibitions and is an impressive museum in itself.
  • Design Museum. It’s a museum in Kensington that’s free of charge for the permanent exhibitions. It’s actually quite interesting to find out how design is defined and that even tube-maps, weapons or street signs are design in a way.

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    Design Museum, Kensington
  • Street Art tour. I’ve done that before and wrote a blogpost about it, definitely check it out if you are interested in Street Art and want to learn a bit more about the artists and their techniques.
  • Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch. They have live music every night and the vibe in there is something I’ve never found in Munich. Plus, they serve food there as well. More infos here.
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    Blues Kitchen, Shoreditch
  • Primrose Hill. It’s a little park close to cute streets, cafés and shops, where you have a wonderful view over London’s skyline. Perfect for a little picnick or stroll.
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    Primrose Hill
  • Junkyard Gold ClubIt’s an indoor mini golf place with a twist. I’ve been to a few mini golf places and it always feels a bit old-fashioned. Here, it’s all about the party feeling around it with delicious drinks, neon lights and cool music. Defo go there if you’ve got some time! One course has around 9 holes so doesn’t even take too long either.

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    Us at Junkyard Golf, Course: Gary

  • A Comedy Show. We went to a show at the Vault Festival by a friend of a friend’s (Tom Haughton) which was extremely funny. The place itself is really cool since it’s an old train station that’s not in use anymore. That’s not on for long anymore, but I’m sure there are plenty of cool Comedy shows around to visit!
  • Musicals. London’s very well-known for its musical. I haven’t been to one in ages there, but if you are into that, definitely check the offers out! There are also some places where you can buy cheap tickets the day of the show, in case there are seats left.

I feel like I should have so many more tips for you, since I’ve been to London multiple times. But I guess I don’t have the best memory after all. I’ll make sure to collect it from now on, because I’ll definitely be back as soon as possible!

Photo Friday: Plane Views

Like I’ve mentioned in my Fun Facts Post, I hate flying. But there’s one thing that always beats the anxiety at least for a little while: The views.
This is why I decided to collect my favourite ones in one post. Here we go.

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Amalfi Coast

Amerika

Somewhere over America

Bondi

Bondi Beach from above

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On our way to Chile

Chile 2

The Andes

Chile 3

Once again on our way to Chile

Deutschland

German neatness from above

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Sunsets are the best

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Gloomy Dublin

Hamburg

Hamburg, you beauty

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Number One Plane View

Sydney

SYDNEY

Vietnam

On my way back home from Vietnam

What’s your favourite Plane View Photo? Link me to them on Instagram or whatever and I’ll make sure to check them out!

10 Fun Facts about me

It’s been over two years since I’ve started this blog and because of that I felt like it’s about time for you guys to know a few more personal (fun) facts about me.

#1 I’m very superstitious.
Example: There are Lion statues in Munich at the entrance to the Residenz at Odeonsplatz and people say that you have to touch their nose for good luck. I literally can’t pass them without doing it.
I also remember that when my necklace got stolen in Vietnam last year, I was convinced something bad was about to happen. (It didn’t.)

#2 I only drink sparkling water.
Which can be a problem in many countries. But I’m improving!

#3 I start eating new food whenever I go traveling.
I am super picky with food. But traveling helps me overcome that. When I came back from my first solo trip to Canada (I was 16), I suddenly ate salad. After Australia I loved cheese. And so on and so on. (Let’s not get into the fact that I didn’t like cheese until I was 19. I don’t get it either.)

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I love Matcha Lattes. But you could not get me to drink coffee ever. And trust me, I’ve tried.

#5 I HATE flying but I’ve been on hundreds of planes already.IMG_4398

I actually just found out what’s the reason behind that fear the other day: When I was around 8 years old my grandma said to me before we left to go to the US for the first time that she just hopes we won’t crash. Or something along those lines. And apparently that’s what triggered it all. But I’m working on it and meditation definitely helps.

#6 I’ve had bed bugs before – twice.
Once in a hostel in Sydney, Australia and once in a hostel in Saigon, Vietnam. It’s awful. Can’t recommend it 😀

#7 I’ve been kicked off a campsite in Australia once.
Read the full story here.

#8 I hate hick-ups.
This is something that most of my friends find very odd about me. I’m not the biggest fan of others having hick-ups, but I can handle it. But once it hits me, I need to leave immediately and walk around. Ideally I do that until it’s gone but you know how persistent hick-ups can be but at least I need to handle it by myself before I face others with that awkwardness.

#9 I would choose Asian food over everything.
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Yes, I know, Asian food is a broad term. And if I had to choose a particular Asian food it would be a tie between Thai and Vietnamese I guess. Summer Rolls vs. Pad Thai? That’s tough..

#10 I am a walker.
I always check how long it’ll take me to walk from A to B. If it’s under an hour and I’ve got time, I normally walk. Especially because I just hate waiting around, especially for trains and busses, I’m too impatient for it.

7 resolutions for 2018

I am not a big fan of New Years Resolutions because I think you should just change your life whenever you feel like it and not wait for a certain date to start, but I still made up a list of 7 things I want to try and change about my life in 2018. New year, new life, new me? Who knows.

#1 Do more weekend trips

My ultimate goal is to go away once a month. I’ve already booked London and Dublin for January and am planning on doing Vienna and Milan in the beginning of 2018 as well. Maybe it’ll be more than one trip a month?

#2 Use my days off wisely

I don’t get many days off work. It’s actually the legal minimum in Germany. But luckily we have a few bank holidays that I can use to build my holidays around it to make the best out of my travel year 2018.

#3 Do more daytrips

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Just a daytrip away from Munich – Eibsee

Daytrips are the best anyways! And Munich has so much to offer. Hiking, Skiing, Lakes, you could do a different trip every weekend. So I have to take advantage of that!

#4 Try new things at least once a month

No matter if it’s food, sports or other activities. This might be the hardest resolution to fulfil because I’m doing three different sports already and I’ve tried a lot of different food in my life. But maybe it’ll just be a new restaurant or a day playing paint ball? We’ll see.

#5 Get back into photography more

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Analog Camera (by Conal Gallagher via Flickr)

I used to love taking photos. And then reality happened. So I need to get back into it. Just grab my camera and walk around my neighbourhood in the search of great shots. We’ll see. And maybe I’ll buy myself an analog camera?

#6 Take less planes

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Plane Views

Okay I take it back, this is the hardest resolution to fulfill. Of course Europe is very easy to travel by car, train or bus but it also takes times. And without the right amount of days off, it’s just easiest to take a two hour plane ride then a 20 hour car journey.

#7 Continue learning Spanish

I started Spanish when I came back from Chile in December 2016. And then I got a job and it got harder to keep up with it. But I really want to start again. Maybe with actual classes, maybe with a tandem partner, but definitely somehow.

 

Other than that, I am just going to try to make the best out of every day as it comes. Shit happens but I’ll try to overcome it and be positive. Because there’s no space for negativity in anyone’s lives!
Have a few great last days in 2017 and the best start of 2018 possible!

Lisbon: A local tourist guide to the Portuguese capital

I wanted to go to Lisbon so badly. For ages. The more stories I’ve heard about it, the more I wanted to go. And it really is a city full of treasures and beauty.

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Whatever corner you turn, there’s so much color in Lisbon – street art, tiles, painted buildings. But that’s not the only thing that’s exciting about this city. It’s all the small alleys you can easily get lost in, the authentic Portuguese restaurants and the viewpoints. Oh, those viewpoints. There are so many of them, and one’s prettier than the next.

Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte

Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte

Two of the viewpoints I enjoyed most (together with probably EVERYONE else in Lisbon at that time – meaning it was absolutely packed) are Miradouro de Santa Catalina and Miradouro de Nossa Senhora do Monte. The first one offers a bit more areas to sit and enjoy the view, but they are both equally breathtaking. Definitely go and watch the sunset with a can of beer at least once while you are there.

Miradouro de Santa Catalina

Miradouro de Santa Catalina

We also took a trip to Belém. On our way there, we stopped to visit one of the coolest architectural buildings I’ve seen so far: the MAAT, Mueum of Art, Architecture and Technology. To see this modern piece of architecture with the the Ponte 25 de Abril (the bridge that almost makes it look like you’re in San Francisco) in the background was very impressive to me.

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Belém itself is an area known for two things: Torre de Belém, a tower that was used as a lighthouse and prison before it became the viewing platform it is nowadays, and the Pasteis de Belém. Pasteis are the famous Portuguese pastries that you can actually find in places like Starbucks all around the world. But they are not the originals. So if you go to Torre del Belém, make sure to stop by the Café Pasteis de Belém and either get a Pasteis to go or sit down for a quick bite. It’s definitely worth it!
If you don’t want to take a trip out there (or you don’t have time for it) here’s another tip: The Manteigaria in town offers super delicious pasteis as well! But no matter where, don’t miss out on this Portuguese deliciousness!

Pasteis at Manteigaria

Pasteis at Manteigaria

Talking about deliciousness: There are a few places we’ve tried and I really enjoyed, so I want to give you a few tips:

  • Copenhagen Coffee Lab. I guess that clean Scandinavia look for cafés has found its way into the shabby-chic Lisbon and Copenhagen Coffee Lab is a great example for that.
  • So is Hello, Kristof (can you tell by the name?).
  • Dear Breakfast was a place, we actually didn’t have time to visit but it spoke to me when we walked past it, so I decided to still include it into that post. Also, their Instagram account gives me food envy all the way!
  • Another Breakfast Café (and one we actually went to) is Heim Café. This place was really packed on a Saturday, so bring some time, but the food was really good and I liked the atmosphere there. So check it out!
  • And now for Dinner. We went to a place that was so edgy and cool that I wished Munich had more edges than it actually has: Damas. The restaurant doesn’t have a printed menu, but you can find their dishes written on the tiles next to the bar. Don’t fancy any of the 3-4 main dishes they offer each night? Then you’ll definitely find something among the tapas they have on their menu to share.
    But watch out for the red crosses on the menu – they symbolize that the dish of your choice might not be available anymore.
    And if you fancy dancing and drinking after the delicious food you just had, you don’t even have to go far – the backroom of the restaurant turns into a club with pretty cool electronic beats and the same edgy but cool atmosphere.
  • But if you want to go out somewhere else, check out Bairro Alto, an area full of bars and nightlife that you will definitely find a place you’ll like.
  • Another place, just right down by the water, is Mez Cais. It’s a Mexican restaurant with a big menu full of deliciousness – Burritos, Tacos, Nachos; just anything your stomach might desire. We sat outside, so I can’t tell you much about the atmosphere inside but the little wrestling figures leading the way to the bathroom made it clear that it’s a pretty cool, unique and alternative place that’s definitely worth visiting.

What else? The main thing we’ve basically done during the weekend was walk. From A to B, from B to C and all the way back from C to A. And to many places in between. I guess I’ve told you before, that’s my favourite thing of discovering a city. And during all the walking we did, I couldn’t help myself but to take trillions of photos to share with you. Here are my favourites.

But this isn’t even everything. Probably my favourite activity was our trip to the beach – to Praia da Cresmina to be precise. It’s a pretty cool, wide beach with lots of rocks to climb around on. Since it was December and the sun was about to set, we were the only ones there, which made the trip even more magical!

Me at Praia da Cresmina

Me at Praia da Cresmina

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Praia da Cresmina

So. This is it. A little overview over my time in Lissbon, the places I’ve seen and the pictures I took. Maybe one day I’ll go back during summer and see that side of the city, but I gotta say, December wasn’t a bad time to go. A bit of sun to soak up and way less tourists than in the summer month – a perfect combination!

A first aid kit for traveling – The 7 essentials

I guess we’ve all heard with a heavy heart what happened to the two girls in Cambodia last month. Reading this, I remembered once again how important it is to take all the essential medicine with you. It might be a pain in the ass because it’s an extra weight but as you can see, it might be life saving.
And even if it doesn’t go that far, it still saves you money. I remember when I had bed bugs in Vietnam (well my hostel claimed it wasn’t bed bugs, but whatever it was, it was itching badly and I had bites all over my body), I went to the pharmacy and they sold me two things, one of them were actual pills. Turns out they were not for anything close to bites but for something to do with your nose. While it might not have killed me it wouldn’t have been helpful at all either. So lesson learned, I’ll bring my own first aid kit with me from now on.

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Travel First Aid Kit via Flickr (Credit by The NRMA)

But what does it have to contain? Let’s go through the essentials.

#1 Aspirin

It doesn’t have to be aspirin, but anything that helps with a headache or maybe any other type of pain you might have, such as sore muscles. Or maybe even the start of a cold.

#2 Aloe Vera creme/gel

Especially in all the typical backpacker countries around South East Asia or South America, I saw plenty of sunburnt girls walking around. Clearly, you are on the beach all day, going in and out of the water constantly and you might forget about putting on sunscreen all the time. Try not to forget, since sun burns are very very bad for you, but if you end up having one, it’s such a relieve to put some aloe vera on it!

#3 Medicine for your digestion

I want tell you any brand here, because it depends on what’s helped you before. But definitely take something for your stomach! Because no matter how careful you might be while traveling, you can always get some type of stomach problem, either from drinking the water, eating something that wasn’t cleaned properly or swallowing dirty ocean water (that’s what happened to me on Bali for example).

Tip: If you have a sensitive stomach as it is, always wipe your cuttlery with a clean napkin before you eat, make sure you don’t drink anything with ice in it, wash off the fruit you buy on the street with bottled water and only eat where lots of people are eating. Just to make sure.

#4 Anti-bite creme

Yes, bites. It doesn’t have to be bed bugs it can just be any type of bites. So take any creme with you that you can put on them for you to stop scratching and for them to heal more easily. And if you are at it, take bug spray as well.
And maybe take something a bit stronger on top of it, in case you’re as lucky as I am and get bed bugs!

#5 Any medicine against a cold

That’s probably a pretty common thing. You might think you’re in a hot country and you won’t get a cold, but there are always things that might trigger a cold – ACs, swimming in the cold ocean, sleeping with wet hair.. You name it. So make sure to pack something that helps you with a cold every time!

#6 Band Aids

No matter if you’ve walked too much and got a blister, stepped into a shell or cut yourself with a knife – Band Aids are always useful!

#7 Anti-inflammatory medicine

Okay, I would have not thought of taking that before my last trip, but now I’ll definitely think of it every time.
When I was in Australia last year, I got bitten by a fish (don’t laugh, I might tell that story another time) and it got infected pretty badly. Lucky enough I was still in Australia (left for Vietnam a few days later), so I just went into the pharmacy and got the right medicine. But who knows what they would have given me in Vietnam?
It doesn’t have to be pills, I just used a creme and it helped perfectly!

Other than those 7 essentials, make sure to pack medicine against any issues you might have a lot. I, for example, always have problems with my sinuses whenever I get a cold, so I try to take my medicine for that with me. And never forget the protection you are using – birth control pill, condoms, whatever you need and use.

AND always make sure to get all the shots you might need for your destination. Check with a doctor or a specialist a few months before your trip (or at least a few weeks, depending on how spontaneously you planned it) what shots you might need to cover. Because trust me, you’d rather be safe than sorry.