The (under £40) travel essentials I never go on holiday without

woman&home digital editor Kerrie Hughes shares her travel must-haves

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Holiday season is upon us, and a big part of the excitement for me is making a list (and maybe adding a few) to my list of travel essentials. 

It's very rare that I fly long haul these days, and so what I pack has to be carefully considered, otherwise it won't fit in my measured down to the exact millimetre cabin bag. This year I'm heading away for a few days for a 40th birthday, and so have treated myself to a couple of little extras to take away. But there are some items I absolutely wouldn't be without and always get packed first. 

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Below are my must-have travel essentials, all of which I own and highly recommend from both a pleasure and practical point-of-view. 

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Kerrie Hughes

Kerrie is the editor of woman&home (digital). For seven years previously she was editor of Future’s world-leading design title Creative Bloq, and has written for titles including T3, Coach and Fit&Well on a wide range of lifestyle topics.


After a decade of working in retail, Kerrie went back to education at the ripe old age of 27, graduating with a first-class honours degree in creative writing three years later. Her career in journalism began soon after, when she secured a job as a staff writer at Future Plc. In the 14 years since, she has worked her way up to editor level, gaining a wealth of digital experience along the way.

As a woman&home reader and a senior digital editor, Kerrie’s main purpose is to ensure the brand delivers high-quality, relevant content to help enrich and improve women’s lives – a responsibility she feels hugely passionate about.  

Outside of work, if she manages to find a spare minute around her three young children, geriatric dog and activity-obsessed fiance, you’ll find her either throwing a barbell about at Crossfit, with her head in a good thriller novel or building one of the latest Lego ideas sets.