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Escaping the cold? Don’t forget these…

Laura Peppas

Forgive me, because what I am about to say is probably going to sound like the mother of all First World Problems.

But I’ve just returned from a five-week honeymoon in Greece, and the comedown is getting real. It’s amazing how quickly you can go from lounging in the sun, margarita in hand, to picking crumbs from your keyboard on a grey Monday morning. Soon all that’s left of the holiday is a fading tan and a serious case of jet lag.

I’m not alone, though: judging by my Facebook and Instagram feeds, it seems plenty of Canberrans are feeling the need to escape the lingering cold and head to a warmer climate, smugly smiling over cocktails while the rest of us are blearily waking up to sleet. (I would know, I was once one of the smug ones). So what are the must-haves to bring if you are lucky enough to travel? Whether you’re jetting off to Tahiti or the south coast, we’ve put together a nifty little list of 10 travel essentials – besides your passport – and where to find them in Canberra.


A good quality beauty kit 

I’m known at most airports around the world as “that crazy bag lady” because for reasons that baffle my now-husband, I often feel the sudden urge to chuck lots of little liquids and sprays in my carry on bag (mini deodorants, moisturisers, etc). As a result I am constantly checked for bombs wherever I go, ensuing much eye-rolling from said husband. If you’re like me, places like Kikki K offer super cute travel packs to take with you on-board, so you can keep all your mini-travel essentials in the one spot, and avoid pissing off airport security.


Kikki K travel purse

Plastic carry on pouch (2 pack), $9.95, Kikki K, Canberra Centre and Westfield Belconnen

 A maxi dress

Judging by what I’ve seen over in Europe, I can safely confirm the maxi dress is going to be THE summer staple this year. And why not? The maxi is light, comfortable and effortlessly stylish (plus you don’t have to worry about shaving your legs.)


V neck maxi, $129.95, Witchery, Canberra Centre and Westfield Woden/Belconnen. 

A statement hat

A good hat can make you look super chic and importantly, keeps your face out of the sun. Floppy hats in particular suit almost any outfit, and are a nod to old world glamour.



 Classic floppy hat in camel, $29,95, Dotti, Canberra Centre, Westfield Woden and Canberra Outlet Centre

Retro sunglasses

Remember those sunnies that were huge in the 1990s (think early episodes of Friends)? Well, they’re having a moment now, so be sure to add a pair to your suitcase to add punch to any summer outfit.



Rolling Stone sunglasses in gold/tort, $39.95, Sportsgirl, Canberra Centre and Westfield Woden/Belconnen

Jewelled sandals

Forget those old rubber thongs, travelling footwear is about packing something versatile that you can dress up and down (which also means extra room in the suitcase). I find people rarely wear high heels when going out to dinner or bars in exotic locations, it’s all about a good wedge or a sandal, and the best thing is these babies can easily transition from beach to bar.


wittner 3


Rosa sandals, $129.95, Wittner, Canberra Centre  and Westfield Woden/Belconnen

BB cream with SPF

Ideal to wear during the day when you need coverage but want to let your skin breathe. My fave? Estee Lauder’s Double Wear BB cream with SPF 30, $50. (At David Jones or Myer, Canberra Centre and/or Westfield Woden/Belconnen).



A good beach bag

A solid tote is always necessary for a beach holiday because it needs to carry pretty much everything – sunscreen, magazines, towels, a spare change and everything in-between.



Perlina Keira Solid Tote, $99.95, Strandbags, Tuggeranong Hyperdome, Westfield Woden, Canberra Centre, Gungahlin and Canberra Outlet Centre

A printed bikini

Along with the crop top bikini, printed swimwear is all the rage at the moment (but far more flattering). With patterns like this beautiful blue halter, inspired by the colour of the Aegean seas, you really can’t go wrong. I should warn you however; g-string bikinis were massive in Europe this summer, seen on almost every woman (snooker-ball bottom optional), so it’s likely they’ll make their way to Australian shores too. Duck for cover, the belfies are coming.



 Tigerlily turkish halter bikini, $99.95 for the top and $89.95 or the bottoms, Surf Dive and Ski, Canberra Centre and Tuggeranong Hyperdome 

A night-time clutch

I always seem to forget this one when travelling, but it’s super useful if you don’t want to dress up an outfit for a night out or dinner. Try to steer away from the heavier colours of winter and opt for summery shades such as white or watermelon.

jenni clutch

Jenni Clutch, $22.95, Collette by Collette Hayman, Canberra Centre, Westfield Woden/Belconnen and Tuggeranong Hyperdome

Those little last-minute necessities

For those little travel must-haves that are so easy to forget (universal adapters, flight socks, suitcase locks) Kathmandu in the Canberra Centre is the perfect one stop shop, or for any suitcase needs, try Travelite at the Canberra Outlet Centre.

For the flight…

If you’re boarding a long haul flight, be sure to pack a scarf, chunky cardigan (it gets freezing on those planes), makeup-removing wipes and a small spray bottle of Evian or moisturiser to keep skin hydrated and fresh, as it can get very dehydrated. I usually take a set of comfy clothes to change into during the flight (I’ve seen people travel 14 hours in jeans and it doesn’t look pleasant).


What are your travel essentials?


Laura Peppas

Laura Peppas is HerCanberra's senior journalist and communications manager and is the Editor of Unveiled, HerCanberra's wedding magazine. She is enjoying uncovering all that Canberra has to offer, meeting some intriguing locals and working with a pretty awesome bunch of women. Laura has lived in Canberra for most of her life and when she's not writing fervently she enjoys pursuing her passion for travel, reading, online shopping and chai tea. More about the Author

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