Top tips: 5 handbag essentials

Make sure to take a handbag that you can wear across your body. This will allow you to have both of your hands free and the bag close to you. Always choose one that you can zip closed.


It doesn't have to be a particularly big bag - in fact, the smaller the better.

My 5 essential handbag items when you're on the road:


1. A small zip purse/pouch with lip balm, hair elastics, antiseptic cream and band-aids (plasters)

2. A pack of cards

3. A pen and a notebook

4. A small roll of toilet paper and a bar of hotel-size soap in a zip-lock bag

5. A zip-lockbag with a collection of unused restaurant refresher towels and sachets of sugar, ketchup, salt and pepper.

Read more on our page about packing for long term family travel...