What to pack : The ultimate travel packing list for your travels

20 Travel Essentials to Pack : I come with baggage.  Like whoa. 

You never really realize how boring your life is until someone asks what you do for fun.  Basically, my idea of fun is when someone else makes my bed.  The end.

Crisp White Bed Sheets + Hotel bed =  See you never.

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve thought about running away way more often as an adult, than I ever did as a kid.

My advice: Just book a ticket and just leave.

Adventuring to different places somehow makes your big ass problems seem way freaking smaller.

Michaels cancer is my ticket to crazy-ville at times.


m i c h a e l     u p d a t e

For a guy with leptomeningeal metastasis (saying that word is like singing koombaya with a mouth full of marbles while doing trust falls off the edge of a cliff)  his feet are above the daisies, so therefore life is GOOD!  Michael takes three oral chemo tablets every day and does have symptoms of disease progression.  Buy hey.  Daisies, man.  Daisies.  He has numbness in his feet, chin, teeth and mouth. His body involuntarily moves in jerk-like movements throughout the night when he’s sleeping.  Do you ever jerk/bolt just as you are falling asleep?  THAT.

It’s like sleeping beside a lightening bolt.

So. We run away sometimes. We re-think our feelings about life and re-feel our thinkings.  Or something like that.

Traveling is our way of swinging at cancer like a southern church lady swings her purse, wearing her Sunday best.

We like to call our vaycays #BucketListFucketList trips

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS : Find out what I love to pack when I travel. I've got baggage. Like whoa! Read more on DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE by Lynne Knowlton
TRAVEL ESSENTIALS : Find out what I love to pack when I travel. I've got baggage. Like whoa! Read more on DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE by Lynne Knowlton

Michael and I actually went away for 5 weeks. Erhmergerd, right?!  You can see it here on my instagram (and dudette, follow me on insta… because I keep shit realer than a documentary.)

Truth is, the vaycay was kickass and scary all at once. There were times when I wrote to the oncologist because Michaels symptoms became worrisome. I was afraid we’d have to put a halt to the vaycay and come home. There were FEARS.  Real cancer fears. Fancy meeting you here, old friend.  NOT.  Cancer is like a hangover… you just can’t escape it sometimes.

ohhh  no

I bet you thought my lack of posting was because I was sitting around eating bonbons. Well, you’re kinda right. I have nothing against bonbons.  I do have something against the cost of vacations.

h o l y    b a t m a n

I discovered that I have champagne taste and soda pop pocketbook.

I swear, I’m a week away from being a greeter.

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The good news is, we learned a few juicy things along the way. Like where to find the best tacos and helloooooo……your suitcase is LIFE when you are on the road.

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{ what we put in our travel suitcase }

Brace yo’ self.  This is going to be juicy.

I feel like people who look presentable on a plane and can keep their luggage under 50 pounds, really have their lives together. I‘m not one of those people. Judge me.


BOTTLE OPENER.  There’s a reason why sober and bored sound exactly the same.


Packing cubes. I discovered travel cubes this year and beeeteeeedoubleU, AMAZE.  You can put your pants in one, tees in another, knickers in another, shoes in another, just everything. We bought these black packing cubes for Michael and these pink ones for me.  They even make dirty laundry look good.  Like that can happen. It totally happened.


Night light.  I love carrying a night light so I won’t face plant the hotel bathroom wall in the middle of the night.  Plus, the boogie man.  I usually buy inexpensive ones because I’m a dork and always often forget them in the hotel room.


Travel candles. Okay, they are probably illegal, and I’ll likely set off a hotel sprinkler some day, but candles are my happy place. Don’t forget the lighter.  I never forget it.  I always forget it.


Essential oil. Here’s my fave DIY homemade spray.  I take it with me wherever I go.  It’s triple duty stuff.  I spray the pillows, the room, my body, my hair, the corners of the universe. One bottle. 4398574539087 uses.


We also travel with my DIY essential oil toilet spray, because ewwwwwh.  Small hotel room + smelly bathroom = me no likey.  Your nostrils and life will thank me later.


Face cream.  Why is it that traveling makes your face feel like it’s 32984797 years old and a shrivelled prune?!  This face cream will hide the fact that you look like you hadn’t slept for 109 hours.  I’ve been using this cream for a year now and the night time one is my all time fave.


Coffee Bodum.  It’s very badassery.  Most hotels have a kettle and WOW is it ever kickass to brew your fave coffee in a delish way.  We always travel with a bodum for staycations, like One King West <<<<— Our fave hotel in Toronto.  Yes, I screamed that!

One King West rooms have a washer/dryer and a kitchenette and helllloooooo coffee.  We live a few hours outside of Toronto, so it is our home away from home when we travel to the city for Michaels oncology appointments.  The rooms have wrap around windows with views of the city for f.o.r.e.v.e.r.

PS. here’s a new page on my blog with all my fave hotel stays!


Sleep aids on airplanes.   I’ll do almost anything to fall asleep on a plane.   I’ve tried Gravol, Melatonin and everything under the sun.  PS. Don’t take too many of these.  The last time I did that, I put my head in the macaroni and Michael had to pick it up.


Pocket wifi.  We bought this TEPPY for portable wifi.   It worked in every country we traveled to (except New Zealand) but I figured that it was the universe telling me that I needed to unplug my face from my phone  ( I wrote about that here on my insta)

We bought the Teppy device so we could own it outright and use it anytime.  In addition, we paid $8 per day for data usage.  As an alternative, you can rent Teppy for $8.95 a day. We freaking loved it.  Having wifi and not paying roaming charges is d’bomb diggity. We just used the wifi as we normally do, and only for our phones.


Portable phone charger. Because Michael’s energy is so magnifying – he drains his phone every 12 seconds. ???? I find it’s worth it to spend a bit more moola on a quality charger.  We loved ours!


Pack an eye mask!  Because hello. Some things can not be unseen.


This luggage.  Heaven on wheels.  We bought the Samsonite Winfield because helllooooo awesome.  We ( mostly ME, because Michael doesn’t care about these wonders of the world LOL)  felt like Elvis Presley with patent leather shoes.


Walking shoes. Okay, I know I should probably be wearing some old lady shoes to be super practical. But hey.  I’m not ready for granny panties and old geezer shoes yet.  I wore these boot shoes pretty much 24/7.  They were a great price and I could wear them in hot and cool climates. LURVE.


These jackets.  Erhmergerd.  They are life.  They pack down to almost nothing in a rolly polly (basically the pocket) and we lived in them.    This is the jacket we bought for Michael and this is the Roots jacket that we bought for moi.  Fave thing ever.  LIFE.  Ugh.  So good.  I’m dead.


Turkish towels …they are lightweight, versatile AND great as an extra towel, sarong, scarf or blanket.  It’s makes your hotel room feel like home, and PS. one can never have too many blankets on an airplane.  You never know when you may need to hide from people (like, always)   These are my faves .  A Turkish towel pretty much solves everything.  Therefore, I own a million of them. At home, I use them for tablecloths and curtains.  D’bomb diggity.


Not exaggerating.  Our Pacsafe backpacks were l.i.f.e.s.a.v.e.r.s.  It was so great to not have to wheel around an extra piece of carry on luggage.  We bought this small one for me and a larger one for Michael. Faboosh for laptops, camera, passport and important things like liquorice…..and wine…and other unmentionables.


This thing.  We used it every.single.day.   So good.   Couldn’t have survived without it.


Lint brush – because, otherwise… I always seem to look like I rolled on a cat.


I saved this one for last, because I didn’t want you to think that I was a total weirdo.  A silk pillowcase.  It literally feels like heaven on your head.  Plus, I don’t want hotel cooties.  For some unreal reason I feel cleaner having my own pillowcase over a hotel pillowcase.  Plus, your hair doesn’t look like as much of a hot mess when you wake up.  I used the same pillowcase to stuff my fave fluffy jacket in it, and used it as an airplane pillow. Because hello.  Airplane cooties.

s h o p   m y   t r a v e l   f a v e s

Shop all my travel faves in one spot HERE…..what I bought and what I’m swooning after.  Oh. La. La.

PS. I need a travel consultant. Not for consulting, but rather someone to follow me around and slap unhealthy foods out of my hand. 

Now tell me all your travel secrets.   Ones where I can go to a beach with my white pasty legs.

P.S.s…     Why do we have to shave our legs so often on holidays?!

PS.s.s.S.  Why aren’t hairy anklets socially acceptable?

PS. S.ss.  My legs are still whiter than my teeth and I have $12 left in my bank account.

ME:  I really want to travel

MY BANK ACCOUNT:  Like…. to the backyard?



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  1. mom

    January 26th, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    I just thought this blog post was great!!! I use small bags to separate all my clothes too….but not as sexy looking as your bags. Im going to get those. And Teppy. We’re absolutely getting that!!! We take our Roots blanket everywhere now :o) (My new suck blanket) Travelling tips….hummm Don’t drink chocolate martinis on an empty stomach. haha oh ya….those ‘suck the air out’ bags are fantastic too. Squish your clothes down to the size of a peanut. ps.
    I love travelling too…..xxoo

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    January 26th, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Ahhhh Mom, schmanks for writing in my blog and thanks for the lurve!!

    F’real… you will love Teppy! It would be great for your roadtrips to Florida… you can use it for GPS too, and finding hotels along the way. Helloooooo wifi. LOVE.

    Chocolate martinis? YUM !!

    Love you, xo

  3. Elizabeth Anthony Nestor

    January 28th, 2018 at 2:01 am

    Honey! So glad to hear from you because … for all the reasons, and especially, very especially, daisies. Travels are balm of the soul, and even though I only got to “item 3 nightlight” before life interfered, i can’t tell you how much love has been and continues to be sent your way via the vibes. We cherish you and your pack. Take care of youses. Xoxo

  4. Denise

    January 26th, 2018 at 4:08 pm

    What a frign fabulous post/blog. !!!! Love love love your pics
    Thank you for sharing your experiences. Miss you doll

  5. Lynne Knowlton

    January 26th, 2018 at 5:17 pm

    Hiya Denise! Thanks for the blog love!!! I miss you too! Girls roadtrip is a MUST….soon!!

    Love you! xo

  6. Goretti

    January 26th, 2018 at 6:33 pm

    I was soooo freakin happy to see you in my inbox just now. As always you’re killing me with your humour. I looovvve it. Sending love and light for you and Michael. Keep traveling and keep on keeping it real!

  7. Lynne Knowlton

    January 27th, 2018 at 8:38 am

    You.Made.MY.Day !! Thank you! If you can believe it… the comment section of my blog was broken yesterday AND basically only a handful of awesome souls could leave a comment (you!) …. I was so happy that your comment made it through.

    Otherwise, my heart was saying… wait… is no one happy that I’m in their inbox right now!?! Ohhhhh no. LOL. The struggle was real. I was crushed.

    So you brightened my day!

    Big love and thanks for the vote of confidence,
    Lynne xo

  8. Ben

    January 26th, 2018 at 7:01 pm

    Always love the photography in your blog posts Lynne! Beautiful!

  9. Lynne Knowlton

    January 27th, 2018 at 8:40 am

    Thanks Ben!!

    Usually my photos are drive by shootings. Open car window. Stick camera out. Clench teeth. Dare not smile (bug floss). Shoot pic.

    I managed to do this round of pics standing still. Miracles happen.

    🙂 Lynne

  10. Michael

    January 26th, 2018 at 7:11 pm

    I will travel with you anywhere, anytime. I’ll even carry your bags. lol.

  11. Lynne Knowlton

    January 27th, 2018 at 8:42 am

    Hi sweetheart !!

    Have I told you lately that I love you? Because I do. You are the yin to my yang. The normal to my crazy. The rock to my mushy soft smoothie. Wait. That made no sense. haha. I love you to the moon and back. The end.


  12. Liberty Frederick

    January 26th, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    Let’s face it, we have seen your backyard and most of us would kill (or at least maim) to take a trip to your backyard. Don’t knock it.

  13. Lynne Knowlton

    January 27th, 2018 at 8:45 am

    Haha Liberty… yes, I love my backyard too, but with it comes hard work // weeding // grass cutting // wheelbarrows of leaves (at which point I become numb and can no longer use my hands LOL)…. so man ohhhh man is it ever lovely to take a break.

    But you gave me an idea !!!!! Maybe this summer I should have a daytime workshop event where people can come and take pics for their blogs / instagram / their grandma… and totally relax on a hammock too. How fun would that be?!! xo

    Lynne 🙂

  14. Liberty

    January 27th, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Count me in – as long as I don’t have to weed or cut grass. :-/

  15. Lynne Knowlton

    January 27th, 2018 at 2:07 pm

    Double ditto 🙂

  16. Elizabeth Anthony Nestor

    January 28th, 2018 at 2:15 am

    I’ll weed a little, and pour 😉

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