Created in 2014, Carpe Diem Emmie is a Midlands based Lifestyle, Theatre and Travel blog. Ran by Emmie, a 28 year old woman based in rural Leicestershire.

In the day Emmie works in a primary school where she is passionate about inclusion and mental health. In the evening she escapes to the cultural world.

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What's In My Hand Luggage?

Tomorrow I'm off on my first holiday in around 5 years, despite feeling massively anxious about flying (it's up there as one of my biggest fears) I'm really looking forward to 5 days exploring a new country, sitting by the pool and above most enjoying my first holiday with Jordan.

One of the biggest struggles I have is packing my hand luggage with just enough stuff to keep me occupied on the flight as much as it is being within the requirements set out by the airline company. As the flight is around 2hr 40mins long I think it's important, especially if you are an anxious passenger like me to think of the essentials to get you through. I thought I'd share with you what's in my hand luggage for my trip to Spain with Clickstay, make sure you follow me on Instagram to see what I get up to! 

01. Camera - the pictures for the blog aren't going to take themselves. I just need to remember to bring enough memory cards and batteries for the trip

02. Sunglasses - I brought these pair recently from Primark for around £2 and I'm in love with them

03. Book - I'm currently reading The Graces by Laure Eve,  I'm hoping to have it done early on in the holiday so that I can get cracking with another read I'm taking with me,

04. Notebook & Pen - I'm going to be needing somewhere to write down notes for the holiday post, new blog post ideas and more whilst on the plane or on holiday.

05. Snacks - This is a must for me to keep distracted, on this trip I've opted for Almonds, chocolate bars and sweets. Unhealthy options but ones that will keep me happy on the flight.

06. Bottle of water - because it's important to keep hydrated, hopefully I won't be running to the toilet all of the time though!

07. Purse.

08. Laptop - I'm downloading a few things to watch from the comfort of my laptop should I need to during the flight.

09. Headphones - I have a 'holiday jams' and 'keep calm' playlist at the ready that will hopefully help take my mind off whatever is happening around me.

10. Passport - what's a holiday without having your passport on you?

11. Phone Charger - I'm always forgetting this essential on a daily basis so if I remember to pop it in my bagpack everyday it will be some kinda miracle!

Do you have any tips for anxious flyers? Or what are your essentials to take on holiday?


  1. I'm a nervous flyer too! I plan on taking lots of distraction materials (iPad to watch tv shows, headphones, magazines) and to always keep busy to settle my mind x


    1. Yeah, I kept myself busy for the entire flight to Spain even talking to the people who were sat next to me, they put me at ease and one was a teacher. It worked out so well because I work in a school, we had lots to chat about and before I knew it we were about to land on holiday, result! I feel nervous about my flight home today so hoping it goes as well as Monday's flight xx

  2. I hope you have an amazing holiday! Cant wait to see the photos after

    1. Thanks Emmi, I've got loads to get edited and the post is going to take a while as I really want to do it justice! :D xx

  3. I can't believe those sunglasses are primark! My essential would be comfy clothes, love my leggings and jumpers. Also, hope you have a fab trip :)

    Fatima x www.fatimawrites.co.uk

    1. Primark honestly do the best sunglasses hun! Thanks hun, the trip was fab just very nervous flying home later tonight and then realising how much work I need to catch up on before I go back to work a week on Monday, urgh! xx

  4. Have a great time! Great hand luggage essentials, mine would be the same minus the laptop (it's just too big!).

    Gemma x
    The Gem Agenda

    1. Thanks Gem, Spain has been amazing just very nervous about flying home! :( I know it'll be fine just need to get it over and done with and get back into the comfort of my own bed. Oh big laptops are a nightmare! xx

  5. I think you're so brave! One of my biggest fears is flying, and I can't even entertain the idea. Way to go you for conquering your fears. Love what's in your hand luggage too - a good selection. Hope you enjoy your holiday - and the flight was worth it :) x www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

    1. I'm so glad there's someone else who's scared of flying like me, I think it's because I'm not in control of whatever happens! I can't wait to get tonight's flight over and done with, and get back in the comfort of my own bed! xx


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