I call this the traveller's chant.

what's in my bag blog post
marks and spencer leather bowling bag
easyjet iphone app
what to take with you on a flight

This one's for all the nosy parkers! I love reading "what's in my bag" posts, but have never written one before. As I've recently moved to Munich, I had to do some pretty cutthroat packing, and my fedoras didn't make the cut, even though the kitchen sink almost did. Hand luggage is always tricky (Shini's post inspired me to write my own!), so I thought I'd give you a bit of an insight into what I decided were the most important items to have on me at all times.

Leather bowler bag: £43, Marks and Spencer.
You've definitely seen this one before. I love this bag, and I use it enough to reflect it. It's leather, burgundy, and sufficiently roomy enough to house my camera (which would've been photographed, had I not been photographing with it) and every other "necessity" that winds its way into my possession on a daily basis. And it has a shoulder strap, which is the bag equivalent of clothing having pockets.

iPhone 4S, and telephone box case: £2, Primark.
Although I'm yet to get myself a German sim card (Handykarte in german, in case you were wondering), my phone's definitely coming with me. I've loaded it with the MVV and Munich Metro apps in some vain attempt to help me know where I am, and the EasyJet one means that I don't have to worry about losing my boarding pass, which is a legitimate concern for someone who is not used to waking up early and has a flight at 7am. And it has AM (plus B-sides) on it. 

One of those "I didn't realise I needed this till I got it" items, this tablet has become my go-to piece of technology. Although right now I use it mainly for reading (come on guys, free books without having to leave the house, this is the dream), I've sorted it with Munich maps and tourist information. As my phone's getting a little weatherbeaten, the speed of this is appreciated, and the bigger keypad helps with my essay-length facebook message tendencies.

Purse: Luella (old and battered), with Costa, Nando's, and debit cards, and pounds/euros.
This was the first designer piece I ever bought, I was about sixteen at the time. Heavily reduced (I think it was about £70), I still love it now, even if it's seen better days. You can kind of see in the first picture that it's split into two halves, which I'm treating as my GBP/EUR sides, and is pretty handy for making sure I don't mix currencies. The cards bit is self-explanatory, because everyone needs caffeine, chicken, and the ability to pay for it.

Make-up: Benefit powder and eyebrow kit, Optrex eyedrops, Essie nail varnish, Bourjois eyeliner, and Vaseline.
I'm not one to cake on the make-up, but these are the bare essentials that I'd be pretty annoyed if I lost. I've bought another eyeliner to take with me in case of emergency, and it really would be an emergency if it ran out. The eye drops are a familiar sight for anyone who wear contacts (holla), as I find that any foray into air conditioning/public transport/cold weather/hot weather dries my eyes out, so I'm sure at some point during the flight I'll come into contact with one of these instances.

Disposable camera: ebay.
Ah, the holy grail! I love my DSLR like a child, but film photography will always win when it comes down to nostalgia. I haven't posted a disposable camera round up for a while, but I'll make sure to post one at the end of the year at least. As part of my very lovely leaving gift, Jazmine included one for me to take with me, so I'll have at least one to develop when I come back!

Post written in collaboration with Argos



    Adore your bag and that purse! My my you've really covered all bases, I need to take a leaf out of your book. Hope you have a truly amazing time away in Germany, wishing you all the best for the internship! <3

  2. Adore whats in your bag, oh and most of all i adore the bag!
    You can't have a successful whats in my bag post without a good bag on display.
    Good luck in Munich!



  3. still get jel every time i see that bag and oh hey phone case twin!
    hope you had a safe flight lady and have an amazing six months xxxxxxx

  4. this has helped me a lot. Its hard to know what you need until your on the flight really so this has helped a lot for when I leave in a week.
    good luck with the move xx

  5. Right, as much as I'm excited for you being there can you hurry up and come back so we can have B'ham fun in the new year? Love that bag, perfect for work and fitting in your tablet and lunch for work xx

  6. That bag is gorgeous! So beautiful, and such a perfect size too! x


  7. GOOD LUCK THIS WEEK MATE I AM SO PROUD OF YOU AND WISH I COULD POP OVER. Are you going to visit a proper German market soon? :D Lots of love <3 Claire @ Jazzpad

  8. Eeeeh it is so strange that you are over in Germany but must be very exciting! Make sure you come back and visit us though!

    Maria xxx

  9. Oh my, such a great move, how is it over there? Btw I adore that bag
    Afeeyah xo

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  10. I am loving that burgundy bag and the disposable camera is such a good idea!

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