10 Cute Women’s Travelling Trousers

Light weight trousers are a travel essential! They are easy to pack, keep you covered from the sun, and are respectful in communities where it is expected for women to cover up.

You will find Elephant Pants in abundance throughout Southeast Asia, and they are beginning to gain popularity throughout the rest of the world. Elephant pants are super cheap to buy while travelling (Think less than £2), but if you want some traveller style trousers to take with you, i like these:


1. Cropped Plisse Pleat Floral Print

Available here – £25

 

2. RAGYARD Festival Green Tiger Trousers

Available here – £65

 

3. JDY Floral Printed Trouser

Available here – Reduced to £12.50

 

4. Akasa Beach Pants

Available here – £18

 

5. Tropical Print Harem Pants

Available here – £25

 

6. New Look Plus Floral Plisse Crop

Available here – Reduced to £14.50

 

7. Curve Linen Trouser

Available here – Reduced to £21

 

8. Shirred Harem in Washed Tie Dye

Available here – Reduced to £15

 

9. Glamorous Festival Awkward Length Trouser

Available here – Reduced to £21

 

10. Free People Miranda Angular Pull On Wide Trouser

Available here – £58


 

 

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Colombia Backpacking Packing Checklist

Colombia Backpacking Packing Checklist
What to bring – Travel essentials

The following packing list is ideal for trips of about one month or more. There’s lots of places to do laundry in Colombia (you could also bring some hand wash or a wash bag), so don’t worry about bringing enough clothes to last for your entire trip.

Remember to pack light, don’t over pack. Lugging a heavy bag around is a hindrance.  Pack the essentials, and leave a little room to bring back souvenirs!

Also check out my Colombia Preparation Checklist

Important Stuff

If you remember nothing else remember these few essentials

PASSPORT
 ( + photocopy, this is important in case you lose your passport)PASSPORT PHOTOS
 Again you may need these if you lose your passportMONEY
 (In the form of cash, card, or travellers cheques)
 I always recommend bringing some cash (Colombian Pesos) to get started, and a card (or travel card)BOARDING PASS/ TRAVEL TICKETS
 Remember all boarding passes and travel documents and consider having photocopies of theseTRAVEL INSURANCE DOCUMENTS
 If you have purchased travel insurance (which I recommend you do) make sure you bring a copy of your travel insurance documents in case of emergencies

Clothes.pngRemember, the weather varies significantly in Colombia.  It is much much hotter in the North, compared to Bogota. At night time in Bogota you will need a jumper, and sometimes even hot water bottles to keep warm! Read about the varying weather here, and make sure you check weather reports before you travel.

• 2/3 x    T SHIRTS OR TOPS
• 1/2 x    SHORTS/ SKIRTS
• 1/2 x    LIGHT TROUSERS OR LEGGINGS
• 7 x    UNDERWEAR
• 5 x    SOCKS
• 2 x    SWIMWEAR
• 1 x    SUN HAT
• 1 x    RAINCOAT
• 2 x    WARM JUMPER
• 1 x    JACKET/ COAT
if you plan to reach high altitude

Shoes

 • 1 x   FLIP FLOPS
 Especially if you plan on visiting Colombia's beaches
 • 1 x   CASUAL SHOES (i.e. Trainers or Converse)
 • 1 x   WALKING SHOES/ BOOTS
 Whether you choose to bring shoes or boots depends on how much hiking you think you will do.
 If you feel you are likely to hike mountains and long trails, a pair of boots may prove invaluable.  

For walking boots i took a pair of Brasher Hillwalkers.  I would highly recommend these, they were comfortable, waterproof and easy to walk in. You could also try Regatta.
For walking shoes (as boots are often bulky and difficult to carry) I recommend a pair of Tevas.  For every day walking and small treks they are comfortable and extremely resilient. Try these for women, or these for men.


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To carry your toiletries, take a look at my Patchwork World Map Pouch

 • MEDICATION Including Malaria Tablets
SUN CREAM
 MOSQUITO REPELLENT
Especially if you are travelling in a Malaria zone
SHAMPOO
SHOWER GEL
 TOOTHBRUSH & TOOTHPASTE
 • BABY WIPES
 DEODORANT
 • SANITARY PRODUCTS
 • HAIR BRUSH
 • HAIR BANDS
 • MAKEUP (Optional)
 HAND SANITIZER

And any other products you deem to be essential in your day to day life


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CAMERA 
Many people chose to take pictures on their smart phones, if you don’t, bring a camera to document your trip! Also remember your camera case, to protect your camera while travelling and any chargers/ batteries. You may also consider bringing a GoPro. Or for a cheaper alternative I have an Apeman, which I love! 
• PHONE & Charger  
• TABLET (Optional) 
Not everyone chooses to bring a Tablet travelling, but I find it very useful for when I have no access to a  computer. You could chose an Ipad Mini. Or if you're looking for a cheaper alternative, I recommend this Fire Tablet. 
• ADAPTER 
For Colombia you will need a type A or B adapter. I recommend bringing a worldwide adapter. 
• CHARGERS/ BATTERIES 
For long bus/ train journeys or treks you may also want to bring a portable charger.

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 FIRST AID KIT 
Plasters and antiseptic are important for emergencies, always travel with a first aid kit, just in case. Try this travel size first aid kit or have a look in your local drug store (or Boots/ Superdrug) 
 SUN GLASSES  

• EAR PLUGS & EYE MASK 
Hostels and night buses/ sleeper trains can be very noisy, ear plugs and eye masks will make it easier to sleep. Try this ear plug & eye mask combo. 

MONEY BELT 
Money Belts are recommended for security while travelling, placed under your clothes it is unlikely that thieves will see and take your money belt.  Keep important things in here (like your passport or spare cash) when out. 
For a simple money belt try the Samsonite Double Pocket Money Belt  
Also Take a look at our 10 Best Stylish Bumbags for Travelers! 

SLEEPING BAG LINER 
Most hostels come with bed linen, however if you plan on camping or are worried about the cleanliness of the bed linen then consider bringing a sleeping bag liner.  Liners are lighter and easier to carry than sleeping bags, and are cooler in hot climates. (Silk liners are more desirable, but also more expensive) 
Try this poly-cotton liner, or this silk liner. 

 TRAVEL TOWEL 
You can bring a normal towel, however microfiber towels dry much quicker and fold smaller, and so are easier to transport while traveling. 

 MOSQUITO NET
This is particularly important if you are planning on camping. I recommend this net.

 DRY BAG
There are lots of water based activities to try in Southeast Asia (For example Tubing in Laos). A Dry Bag will help keep your valuables safe in the water.

• PADLOCKS 
Padlocks are important for hostel lockers to keep valuables safe.  You may also wish to padlock your suitcase while traveling.

• TORCH
Not everywhere you travel in Southeast Asia will have streetlights. A torch is essential for safety, particularly in rural areas. I prefer to use a head torch!

PENKNIFE (Optional)
This is not essential, but if you are planning on doing a lot of hiking a penknife may come in handy. I used a penknife to eat a coconut that fell from a tree! 

• GUIDE BOOK 
When travelling I like to have a guide book, although you can research most places online.  Lonely planet guides are concise and interesting; they provide information on what to do, where to stay and where to eat. 
Try: Lonely Planet Colombia
Or alternatively: The Rough Guide to Colombia
You may also want to consider bringing a phrasebook! 

• WATERPROOF PASSPORT HOLDER 
Not strictly essential, but with rugged travelling I find it important to protect your passport and other travel documents with a waterproof cover. Alternatively you could try these DriStore bags. 

• PLASTIC BAGS 
Plastic bags always come in handy when travelling; for example to store dirty washing or muddy shoes.  When packing my rucksack i separate things into plastic bags, this makes it easy to unpack and repack your backpack without fuss. 

• TRAVEL JOURNAL 
Not essential, but i personally like documenting my travels in a journal to keep a nice record of my trip. I use the Luckies of London advisable.


Now you will need two bags to carry everything in

• MAIN BACKPACK
 I took a 42l Lowe Alpine Crag Attack rucksack, which I can highly recommend.
 42l proved big enough to fit everything I needed, and was easy to carry.
 
• DAY BAG
 I recommend the ever popular Eastpak backpack; they are surprisingly spacious, stylish and rugged, with a long guarantee.
 Jan Sport Backpacks are also very popular. 
 Or take a look at our 10 Best Stylish Backpacks for Travelers!

10 Pieces of Women’s Travel Swimwear

If you’re looking for sun and sea, stylish swimwear is a must pack essential! Here is my list of my ten favourite pieces of swimwear this summer.


1. Premium Pom Pom Embroidered Fishnet Triangle Bikini

Available here -£40

2. Bead Mirror Embellished Panel Swimsuit

Available here – Reduced to £28beaded

3. Sunshine Floral Print Bandeau Tie Swimsuit

Available here – £30

4. Monif C Purple Fringed Bikini

Available here – £98

 

5. Hobie Multi Colour Hand Crochet High Neck Bikini

Available here – Reduced to £42.50

6. Junarose Stripe Halter Bikini

Top available here – Reduced to £15
Bottom available here – Reduced to £10

7. Irregular Stripe Print Bandeau Bikini

Available here – £38

8. Ikat Print Bead Embellished Trim Halter Swimsuit

Available here – Reduced to £33.50

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9. Mixed Animal Print Bikini

Available here – £34

Asos Mixed Animal Print

10. Red Gingham Print Cross Back High Legged Swimsuit

Available here – £20


10 Stylish Bum Bags For Travellers

Here is my list of the ten best stylish bum bags for travellers.  When travelling it is important to keep your valuables safe, and bum bags are a perfect way to do this!

Also check out my 10 Best Stylish Backpacks for Travellers


 1. Herschel Sports Waist Pack

I love these cute and sturdy Herschel bum bags.
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2. Eastpak Springer Bag

Eastpak bum bags are very durable and very spacious!
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3. Kipling Presto Waist Pack

This great little bag has lots of little compartments, and comes with a cute monkey key chain!
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4. New Balance Bum Bag

This classic New Balance bum bag wipes clean! perfect for travelling.
Available here – for £18 – in Black or Navy

5. Mi-Pac Sport Waist Pack

I love Mi-Pac's cute designs.
Available here – from just £4.70

 


6. Mi-Pac Metallic Bum Bag

If you fancy something with a little more sparkle, I also love these Mi-Pac metallic bum bags!
Available here – From £19.99 – In Black, Champagne or Silver

 

 


7. Eshow Waist Pack

This stylish bum bag comes in three great colours.
Available here – from £14.99

 


8. Tinyat Waist Pack

These low cost pastel coloured bum bags are good quality, made with nice material!
Available here – from £5.99

 


 9. Jack & Jones Bum Bag

This Jack & Jones fabric Bum Bag is great quality
Available here – for £18 – In Black or Grey

 

 


10. Ryaco Waist Pack

The Ryaco waist pack only comes in two colours, but is good quality and very spacious!
Available here – for £10.99

 



Please leave your own reviews and recommendations in the comments section!

10 Stylish Backpacks for Travellers

Here is my list of the ten best stylish and comfortable day backpacks for travellers.  These are not intended for rugged hiking, but for everyday travelling life; exploring new towns and countryside. Perfect for gap years!

Also check out my 10 Stylish Bum Bags for Travellers


1. Fjällräven Kranken Rucksack

Fjällräven is a Swedish company specialising in outdoor equipment. The name means the Arctic fox. Fjällräven was founded in 1960 by Åke Nordin. The company make a lovely durable backpack!
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2. Herschel Casual Daypack

I love these strapped backpacks.  Reviews say that they are made from good quality material with a tough inner pouch.
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 3. Eastpak

Eastpak backpacks are very comfortable and surprisingly spacious.  Tried and tested by me, I really liked this backpack. Reviews say that this bag is extremely long lasting, and perfectly spacious, without looking bulky.
Available hereeastpak

4. Jansport

Solid and stylish, with a 30 year guarantee. Similarly to the Eastpak, this bag is deceptively spacious, fitting everything you would want to carry for a day trip.  Well made from nice, comfortable material.
Available here jansport

5. Mi-Pac

A good budget option is the cute Mipac. The quality may not be quite as exquisite as some of the more high end choices, and so durability may be an issue for some. However reviews of this backpack are good, and I love the way it looks.
Available heremipac

6. AmazonBasics Backpack

Keep it simple with this AmazonBasics Backpack. This simple but stylish backpack comes in a range of colours, and is all you really need!
Available here – for just £13.89

7. BagBase Heritage Backpack

BagBase is a good budget option. Great reviews say that this backpack is excellent value for money!
Available here – From just £11.19logo

8. Kipling City Pack

This spacious bag comes with a cute monkey key chain! Very roomy, with lots of pockets to compartmentalise.
Available here
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9. Spiral Backpack

I love these galaxy patterned backpacks. These spacious bags have earned themselves a 5-star rating.
Available here spiralwebsite

10. Kaukko Canvas Rucksack

I love the unique design of the Kaukko Canvas Rucksack. The bag is very sturdy, and comes in a range of khaki colours.
Available here 


 
Please leave your own reviews and recommendations in the comments section!