What's In My Travel Backpack?

22 August, 2015

As some of you may or may not know... me and Josh are off on a Europe travel holiday as of TODAY and we couldn't be more excited! Obviously, we have only just got back from Greece but I am definitely more of a city holiday type of person so I am super excited!

I haven't been on a road trip holiday since I was a young child when my parents used to own a big caravan which we travelled across Europe in every single summer holiday. I miss those days! This time round, we are driving to France and spending two nights there. France is one of my favourite places I have ever been to. I have been around 6 times and got the opportunity to visit Paris a few years ago. Did you catch my travel blog post on Paris? Then we move onto Switzerland for three nights there which will see us first time skiing in the only summer ski slope resort. I'm quite worried about this as my balance is all over the place and I can't even ice skate! Then we move onto Germany for two nights which is a place I have wanted to visit for years but not somewhere my family has ever planned of visiting. Finally, we drive up to Italy and stay there for a week. I have been Italy but only for a long weekend for a family wedding so I never really got the chance to explore.

The lovely people at Fitness First kindly sent me over the most ideal backpack for travelling with some Fitness First gym passes which I used to join at my local gym to tone up my lumps and bumps ready for my summer holidays. I'm admittingly usually a fashion over comfort kind of girl but I know this time round that it is incredibly important that I travel not only properly but lightly to avoid strain and back pain. I thought it would be fun to show you what is packed into my travel backpack!

Are you off anywhere this Summer? :)

Solution To The Best Night's Sleep

21 August, 2015

I always used to find it difficult to sleep properly and now I know the exact reason why but I was always too lazy to see to the problem. The littlest changes can make a huge impact when it comes to getting a good night's sleep. This could be turning your mobile or iPad off before you sleep, keeping your window open during the night or even treating yourself to some brand new bed covers.

On this occasion, it was something a little different that kept me tossing and turning during the night. The lack of elevation. I have four pillows on my bed, two on each side but they are admittingly years old and as flat as pancakes. This meant that for me to even consider an okay sleep, I would need my head to rest on THREE of these pillows.

When Time4Sleep got in touch to ask if I was interested in trying out some memory foam pillows, I couldn't turn down the offer. My sister has a memory foam mattress so I know memory foam is just about the comfiest thing ever!

I received two of their Cool Touch pillows* which upon arrival were in separate protective carrier cases and retail at £40 each. The Cool Touch pillows are made out of a fabric which 'breathes'. Upon lying down, the heat and moisture generated by your body will evaporate and your body will be kept cool throughout the night. As soon as I opened them, I felt that they were incredibly soft to touch and my hands sank into them so I seriously couldn't wait to try them out that night!

I have been using them every single night for a good few months in order for me to be able to give them a fair review. I wasn't sure if they would start to go flat after a while or if the comfort would start to wear off. However, I am happy to report that they have still kept their shape and texture and are as good as new! I now find I only need to sleep with the one pillow as opposed to two or three and get a brilliant night's sleep without waking up in the night uncomfortable or in the morning with dreaded neck pain.

I now understand that the bedding you have is the most important thing when it comes to getting the most perfect night's sleep and I can't believe it's taken me so long to figure this out!
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