Saturday, 13 June 2015

What to pack for Backpacking: 3 months in New Zealand, Australia and Asia

So theres been a pretty big absense here on the blog and theres always excuses from my end but I actually have a pretty legit one right now.. I'm currently backpacking in New Zealand!

I'm away with a tour company called Topdeck, who were amazing enough to bring me along on a trip and experience everything first hand. I am doing the Kiwi experience tour and am on my 7th day out of 17! I have already done so much (yes, that includes bungee jumping!!!!!) and theres so much more left to do!

I decided that I would write out a plain and simple backpacking guide. My little 'heres the things you should probably pack' and some more tips for either bloggers or just people that need to have a little bit of internet around on their travels.

The bags.
I am currently carrying two bags on this trip with me. My main bag on my back is 12kg and my front bag is around 8kg. Thats a whopping 20kg collectively (almost half my own weight) which is a pretty massive amount of weight to have on you constantly for 3 months. The great thing is genuinely (depensing on how much you are walking around, if you're doing mostly touristy things or really getting off the beaten path) you pretty much tend to just have the bags when going to and from airports or buses, so it's not too bad.

My big bag is Quechua and I grabbed mine from decathlon for about £60 I think. I have a 60L and theres still quite a bit of space to shove stuff in for the rest of my trip so it's a pretty good size for 3 months!

The smaller bag is an F stop, and the green one actually its into the F stop too. I'll talk in more detail about the green one later on but it's essentially a camera bag! This blue F stop is awesome, It has so many pockets and what not but it also has a place for your laptop which I have taken along with me.

Having two bags seems so bizarre but for me, having a big carry on with my fragile bits is pretty essntial for work, and you get over the whole 'Do I look like an idiot' vibe pretty quickly.. there will ALWAYS be someone who has way more stuff than you – so don't even think twice! That being said, do try to bring as little as possible, for your backs sake!

The main bits.
Clothes inside a 25L watertight compression bag / Microfibre Towel / Medical kit Four pairs of shoes: Running shoes, Flip flops, Asos basic sandals & Birkenstocks / Dry bag with 5 Bikinis in / Journal /
Marmot Wind breaker goretex coat / Sunglasses case / Wildfox makeup bag for all beauty bits / Old laptop

The footwear.
All I took last time on my 5 week asia trip was birkenstocks and flip flops. I wore my birkenstocks religiously and flip flops on the beach if needed! I decided to bring trainers as I'm doing more hiking stuff – plus I'm in New Zealand in winter! The asos sandals are just pretty little sandals that I grabbed as a different option to my birkenstocks as I'm away for quite a bit longer!

The medical kit.
You can put literally anything you think you will need in your mdeical it. As im off to asia afterward I've got some Doxyxyline malaria tablets, as well as essentials such as ibuprofen, paracetamol and diarrhea tablets. I also have tampons, bandages and plasters, as well as some lemsip and sinex relief.. especially needed when you get the travel flu!

The travel documents.
Topdeck provided me with all my acoomodation and stuff sorted which is PERFECT for first time travellers or people who need a little guidance. They have an itinerary with all our extra activities which comes in this sweet zip up, which is great to keep all your bits together like your passport!
I also grabbed this journal from paperchase as I liked how plain it was. I didn't write one last time but saw lots of my friends doing it and its a great way to document trips and also pop plane tickets and things in!

The beauty bag.
There is as little make up as possible in my bag, and throughout my trip I will probably not be wearing much of it at all. I grabbed a cheap little faux naked palette from primark for £2 as on nights out it's quite nice to make a little bit more of an effort! I also grabbed my old mac foundation that I never really wear anymore, as well as two mini benefit masacaras as they're travel friendly and also don't really get used much. Two hand sanitisers as they get used up pretty quickly travelling, as well as tissues just incase of emergencies! A razor just for standard girly upkeep, as well as a few bobbles and grips (that will get lost, no doubt!) Mini shampoo and conditioner – if I run out I can always just buy more but this is just perfect for space saving!

'Other bits' that I think are important
Microfibre towel: Really great as it dries quickly so if you have a shower in the morning and need to pack up your bags asap it's handy – as well as great for space saving.
Travel Torch: something you you will never know if you need so is always great to have and again – the smaller the better for space!
Travel adaptor plugs: A massive essential for travelling! I always have quite a few on me incase some go missing just as you pack up and leave places, but I also have a european one just incase.. especially if you have a long layover on the way back through a european country and need to rechearge!!!
USB charger: this one is really handy if you only have one plug socket and you have friends who need to charge iphones!
Three different locks: For lockers in hostels, I have a large and small numbered locker, as well as a key one. Just incase of literally anything, I've already lent my friend the one with the key as her lock with the numbers ending up changing its code and now she doesn't trust it!
Two portable phone chargers: One for everyday travelling is the smaller one, gives around one full charge. The bigger one gives I think maybe 5 full charges, and is for just other uses such as if my phone doesnt reach the charger in the hostel or if I'm sat on a bus for hours!
Spare iphone charger: for obvious reasons
Spare headphones and in earbuds: incase my headphones break and for loud buses or planes. I also have a sleep mask that my friend has so wan't pictured!
Two pairs of sunglasses: Will probably dissapear at some point but grabed two pairs that I wanted!
USB extender: perfect if your plug isn't near your bed in a hostel, already used this so many times!

For the colder weather
Like I've already mentioned, I'm away in New Zealand and Aus in winter and NZ right now is FREEZING. The windbreaker is pretty awesome for hikes and the rain, but I layer underneath for warmth. A pair of jeans is essential for every day in colder places and I also have two pairs of thermal leggings (which are AMAZING) and the gloves are again standard for the colder weather. I didnt bring a beanie so purchased this pretty little NZ one here.. would say this is a pretty big essential for the cold weather too!

A Waterproof watch with the date and time on.
This cheap'o casio is perfect. It's waterproof and has the date and time which is great if you're travelling as you never really know! It's also incredibly cheap!

That concludes all the bits I've brough with me except for electronics which will be more in depth in the next post!
Please leave me any comments letting me know if theres anything else you would take or have taken and if any of you are off backpacking any time soon I would love to hear about it!!

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Kavita Does Croatia - #SummerStartsNow with H&M pt 1

So everyone knows that I am a fan of travelling. Every single bit of work I get to do when I am able to take a plane makes me so thankful because travelling is one of my favourite things in the whole world.

I was lucky enough to head over to Croatia to shoot some beautiful outfits to showcase H&M's new #SummerStartsNow campaign. Going into H&M and being able to pick out so many lovely pieces was such a dream come true and I'm so happy with the new additions to my wardrobe.


The shorts are actually a size 12, but luckily for me they tie so they were a nice loose fit and weren't noticeably too big on me. They're made from a faux style sueded and seemed to have sold out incredibly quickly (or so they told me!) so the 12 was the only one left. I'm glad I took my chance and felt like it would tie up okay as they are beeeeautiful!

I absolutely fell in love with this blouse. I own a fair few cream sheer esque tops and had to stop myself to think properly before grabbing it as it's always begging the age old question.. 'Do I really need another?'

But apparently I did and I'm so glad as this outfit is just the perfect mix of casual and pretty. Comfort was also a key as we explored Hvar town this day and the beautiful architecture reminded me of Lisbon.. one of my favourite European cities!
Fashionable pieces which are also comfortable.. always a winner!


Outfit from H&M

Croatia is a wonderfully beautiful place. We stayed on the island of Hvar just a quick boat ride away from split and I would highly recommend anyone who wants to take a quick trip over to do it.

We were lucky that when we went it was pretty low season. Not too hot and not too cold and definitely not too many crazy party tourists - as this island around summer is a haven for British party animals!

Have you had a look at H&M's new summer bits? They're probably my favourite out of all of the high streets offerings this season so I would recommend taking a look!

This post is in collaboration with H&M.

Photos by Duncan Philpott
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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Kavita Does Marrakech - Come Outside.

Deep in the heart of the old town in marrakech lies the souks.. the lovely little stalls and marketplaces that fill the old town with noises, colours and smells that excited all the senses.

Would you believe that these photos were taken just outside of our Riad which was a mere 5 minute walk away? The streets in the old town in and around the souks are honestly such a maze and also incredibly quiet, something which was amazing to say just how close it is!


Just behind these photos is the door to our Riad that we stayed in. Something incredible about the streets of Marrakech is how old and torn the streets look from the outside, and how beautiful and serene they are on the inside.

I am obsessed with headpieces and this one is a subtle yet elegant one, that emulates a very grecian bohemian vibe. The blue trousers from forever 21 are a firm fave of mine now and are not only incredibly comfortable but I have received so so many compliments on them - they were about £15?! The top is a white lace one from Daisystreet which is perfect for keeping a little more covered but not too hot as well!

Have you ever had the chance to explore the streets in old town Marrakech?

This was not a sponsored trip, however Ugg were kind enough to partially pay toward this trip to Marrakech.

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Sunday, 10 May 2015

Kavita Does Marrakech - Those White Lace Flares

Do you ever just feel like you want to dress up for a festival? I don't just mean whack on a pair of wellies and go, I mean really just dress up, all guns blazing like you've just walked out of Coachella (where people look fabulous but practical? not so much)

I really fell in love with these sheer flared trousers. I mean REALLY fell in love. I think it was Kendall Jenner that inspired them at last years Coachella festival and the boho vibez that went with it have had me hooked since. I saw a few on asos that were fairly pricey and for something that was going to be a fairly *daring* piece I wanted it to be cheap (I'm awful at remembering to return things!)

I Stumbled upon this pair which i think were £19? They are so beautiful - the pictures honestly just do not do them justice one bit! They are teamed with my wonderful off the shoulder crop I rocked at Benicassim last year with new look and is a firm fave in summer!

I'm whole heartedly obsessed with these shoed and hat as a combo, and as for the bindi, nothing screams festival that a little big of face diamantes, eh?

Incredibly sorry theres been literally 0 posts recently, I've been travelling so much and have had out of blog work that it's been hard to function but don't worry - all back to normal this month!


I also have some incredibly exciting news in the next few weeks which includes my biggest travel news.. ever! eeep!

Will trickle the rest of my Marrakech posts in the next few days a long with a wonderful little marrakech guide which I hope you will really really like :)

Have you ever just really craved festival fashion in a warmer climate?

This was not a sponsored trip, however Ugg were kind enough to partially pay toward this trip to Marrakech.

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Tuesday, 28 April 2015

Kavita Does Marrakech - #GreatEscape with Ugg

About a week ago you may have seen some incredibly sunny and exotics shots around Marrakech nestled into my instagram feed. I have always always always wanted to pop over to Morocco at some point, and with Ugg and their new Great Escapes campaign I finally got my opportunity!

When I told people I was off to Marrakech as part of working with Ugg many people were a little confused.. 'Ugg boots in a hot country - really?' people always forget that they aren't just about the infamous boot, they have literally so many summer shoes in store right now (picking a pair to showcase deemed actually quite difficult!)

Gold Strappy Sandals, Ugg*
Black Crop Top, £2 - Asos
Ethnic Printed Baggy Trousers, New Look*
Camel fedora, river island*

I absolutely love these gold strappy sandals, they are so comfortable compared to a lot of the cheaper sandals that I own and they're so dainty and beautiful that they go with pretty much every outfit! I decided to show you one of the more standard outfits I wore whilst I was out there!

Marrakech is a fairly conservative-ish country so to respect the countrys religions and values covering up a little more than I usually would was necessary! These trousers from new look are a perfect Moroccan style print, along with my standard fedora and these gorgeous sandals it was an easy outfit to throw together.

Ugg are currently running a chance to win your own great escape so make sure you check out this page for more details!
I'll be posting more of my Marrakech trip over the next few days so keep your eyes peeled!

This was not a sponsored trip, however Ugg were kind enough to partially pay toward this trip to Marrakech.

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