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?



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

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  1. Janice Faulk

    January 27th, 2018 at 6:40 pm

    Oh, soooooo glad to hear from you! Worried that your dear husband was maybe not doing so well and you had no heart for blogging anymore. Funny, I don’t know you, but I know you….neat blog and you usually hit the old nail on the head for me! Keep it up and stay positive…ha, that’s coming from a really negative questionable soul!!

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2018 at 9:54 am

    Hi Janice…

    You crack me up.. you negative questionable soul…. okay, I can’t even type those words… because you sound like a positive soul to me 🙂 and I’m not questioning it <-- see what I did there? haha. Yes, cancer is a yo yo of crazy-ville but ignoring. I hope to start posting more for 2018... because, somehow, it has become my therapy. Thank you leaving me a comment. I really appreciate that! Big love, Lynne xx

  3. Thomas K Tinney

    January 27th, 2018 at 7:26 pm

    Awesome Lynne! Have a great day! Thomas K Tinney, Cleveland, Ohio-1-27-2018.

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2018 at 10:37 am

    Hi Thomas !
    Thanks for writing into the blog! I really appreciate that! It’s nice to have some man-folk around here too.

    Big love!

  5. Jennie Concannon

    January 27th, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Hi Lynne – Your photography is just amazing. Its always a pleasure to read your blog. – Jennie

  6. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2018 at 10:34 am

    Thank you Jennie! I really appreciate that. I have no idea how to work my camera. I just push all the buttons and hope that something works. I come from the school of… don’t read a manual… and push a button… something will surely happen 🙂 haha

    Lynne xx

  7. Christine Todd

    January 27th, 2018 at 7:35 pm

    Lynne, your timing is always spot on. I was having one of those are-you-friggin-kidding-me days. CO alarm went off which sent all 3 cats in directions of safe hiding and me rushing around to get out with them while hubby runs to Canadian Tire for new CO alarms. (eye roll). Two hours later the all clear and I am ready for tequila and lime. Instead, I check my email to find a blog post from you. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! The stress rolled off my shoulders, as I began to plan a getaway through your eyes. Then you resent it again, before I even finished it. Can you see me smiling, as I now suck back a tequila and lime? Yes, I get to go back and search even further. Your ideas are great and pleased to know that Michael is still fighting hard and loving you more.

  8. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2018 at 10:40 am


    Ohhhhhh one of those days? I never have those. I always have those. LOL.

    Why am I suddenly craving tequila and lime and it isn’t noon yet? 🙂

    Oh my goodness, the cats / the CO alarm / Canadian tire… we may be twins… but you are likely the younger prettier one. haha.

    Your story was hilare!
    Cheers! *hiccup

    Lynne xx

  9. Tim Kuntz

    January 27th, 2018 at 7:41 pm

    Lynne so great to read your blog again, traveling is da bomb for sure! You hit many of the best trip tops, just reading your blog makes me want to book a trip to my next top world destination…New Zealand, I have NZ on the brain, it’s on the dream board, which means its only a matter of time. What got me started was the wine, sauvignon blanc from the Marlborough Region (tip of South Island), I mean spectacular! I have sampled over 30 varietals from the LCBO and they are so amazing! Try Cloudy Bay, Whitehaven, Stoneleigh, White Cliff just to get the pallet fired up…Great that Micheal continues his journey, you are blessed to have each other, oh yeah check out http://www.urbaneerspace.com (the future of small space interior design). TK BMW rider with the artist (Kelly Maw) from Owen Sound. Peace…

  10. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2018 at 10:46 am

    Hi Tim!!

    Thanks for the hot tips on the wine!! I actually never know what to buy and this is where I confess that I buy wine because it’s organic and I love the label. ha! Well, and fermented grapes have antioxidants and I like to fight cancer sometimes. LOL!

    It was so fab to meet you and Kelly last summer!

    Happy trails (be safe out there on that bike!) <--- I can't stop being a mother to everyone. haha. Lynne 🙂

  11. Mable McCrary

    January 27th, 2018 at 7:44 pm

    Relax…Itz all good. Glad to hear from you again I’m not much of a commentor…more of a stalker reader.

  12. Lynne Knowlton

    January 28th, 2018 at 9:50 am

    Well then.. THANK YOU Mable for leaving a comment!! That’s so sweet of you!

    Happy stalking *uhmmm, I mean… reading. LOL.

    Lynne xx

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