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Do your children look this relaxed on their travels?

No? Do you want them to look this relaxed on your holiday?

Well look no further!

There are many ways to ensure that both you and your little ones have a pleasant or at least bearable vacation as well as their fellow-travellers. Here are a few tips to hopefully ensure a smooth and happy trip. Of course this is not exhaustive and if you have a miracle working suggestion please by all means add it on the comments below! Who knows – you may have the suggestion that works on for a frazzled parent who has tried everything else!


Planning ahead can save you and your child a lot of heartache and unnecessary stress. Use stopover transits to stretch the legs and use up some pent-up energy. Don’t be scared to book longer stopovers to allow time to get to your next gate with time for toilet stops and eating. Perhaps play a game or two to alleviate any stress or boredom.

It also pays to book ahead when traveling with children rather than playing it by ear. The last thing you want when you arrive at your destination tired and hungry is to have to try to find a hotel that can fit you all in or worst case find out that your chosen destination isn’t suitable for children.


What are you going to do if your flight is delayed? Do you have a contingency plan in place if the ferries or trains suddenly go on strike? Researching your transit destinations may relieve some stress of not knowing what is around if you do have to kill some time due to unexpected delays.


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Reef or Beach shoes

Make sure you research the type of climate you are traveling to. Will it be cold or hot? Is it likely to rain? Pack according to the expected weather and the type of environment you are holidaying in. Pack the beach or reef shoes if you are heading to a beach to protect little feet! If you are heading to the snow make sure you have suitable and well fitting gear for the children so they are comfortable. Comfy kids make happy kids!


Kids LOVE surprises! Pack a special travel pack full of surprises for those times when other distractions are just not working! Make sure it is something they don’t already have and don’t let them have it all at once. Spread out the surprises to make it last. You could even use it as a reward for good behavior on the plane or train. Some good suggestions would be a new book, coloring book and crayons, magic markers, maybe a puzzle game for older children, a new soft toy etc.

You could also get them a disposable camera for them to take some holiday pics with. They will love getting them developed and you may find some really interesting mementos! Click on the links below for some great ideas!



A hungry child can turn the start of a lovely vacation into your worst nightmare really fast! Make sure you pack some good healthy snacks to stave off the hunger monsters. Just remember to check airline and country of destination regulations to make sure you are not breaking any rules or customs violations with your snack stash. Remember that most airline regulations don’t allow liquids over 100ml. Baby formula is excluded from the restrictions in most cases.


Let the children help make the decisions on what to do and where to go. This will start to get them excited about the trip and give them a vested interest in what is happening. This can also teach them organizational skills in making sure everything fits into the schedule. It also means they will be able to do some things they want to do. You may be surprised at some of their suggestions!


If you are holidaying in a busy tourist area or attraction it pays to have some sensible safety options in case your child gets separated from you. There are a couple of suggestions to aid in the speedy return of your little adventurer!

  • Use a location tag device such as a GPS tracker.
  • Try a Universal Tag System such as tags. These tags can be attached to a wrist band, back pack, carabiner etc and basically all the finder needs to do is scan the QR code and it automatically sends you a sms or an email. You can then send them a message straight away to advise your location.
  • Write your cell number on their arm. A simple but easy option.
  • For older children set a meeting point so if you get separated you can meet up at the chosen point. This is especially useful at theme parks or a shopping mall.


Depending on your destination you may be better off with a stroller as opposed to a baby carriage or a baby sling. Check the destination first as you may find it easier to pop baby into a sling if the streets are cobbled. Similarly, if you are going to be doing a bit of walking you may find it easier with a stroller than a baby carriage. Of course this will depend on what your baby is used to. Strollers are quite versatile and a good lightweight one can be a godsend.

Don’t over pack as usually on a flight an infant does not get the same luggage allowance as an adult or full child fare. So you need to be smart. Remember a nappy bag is also classified as carry on luggage and normally you are only allowed one piece. Packing Cubes will be a big help here. Check out my review here.


If your family adventure involves a long distance flight then you will need to consider where on the aircraft you need to sit. As most airlines these days now like to charge for seating it means you can prepay for your preferred seats at the time of booking. The earlier you book the more options you will have.

Some airlines such as Air New Zealand and China Airlines offer the SkyCouch. This is a revolution in economy class seating and is an absolute godsend for families. How it works is you purchase a whole row of seats and once in the air the seats can be converted into a couch by pulling up the foot rest. You get a mattress and duvet and comfy pillows to use. This means your little ones can lay down and have a decent sleep! If there are three of you in the row it is a really cheap option – prices start from $200. Please note that sometimes there is a blackout period where purchase of the skycouch is restricted.

Check with your travel agent for the best options to suit you.


Making memories is what a vacation is all about! Don’t sweat the small stuff. So what if junior is an hour late for bedtime – sleep in! Who cares if they only want to wear their favorite t shirt to Disneyland? Does it really matter that they have not eaten veges for two days? As long as they are safe and happy let things happen. After all – that is how we create the magical memories that will be talked about for decades to come. Your children will thank you for letting them be a bit independent.


I hope you enjoyed my post and if you have anything you would like to add please comment below and share your knowledge with our readers.

Finally – I have found a really great blog that has even more fantastic tips on how to travel with kids and survive! Check it out below:



New to Cruising? Best First Time Cruiser Tips & Hacks

Cruising Tips & Hacks

So you have booked your first cruise (or are thinking about it) but would like to know a little more about what is involved? Perhaps your neighbors have just returned from their third cruise and are telling you all about it as they unload the car – looking all tanned and relaxed! They promise to show you the holiday snaps as soon as they load them off the camera.

Finally, you decide to take the plunge and book your first cruise! But what do you need to know? What are the essential tips for a successful cruise? What does a “First time Cruiser” need to know?

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1st time cruising tips

There are a few things that you need to know when cruising for the first time or when deciding where your first cruise will be. The following cruise tips will help ensure you are prepared and ready to relax and enjoy this amazing holiday experience.

Initial Inquiry Stage

Find an experienced Cruise Consultant – An experienced Cruise Consultant can make all the difference to ensuring a great experience from the time of booking until the day you return. They will be able to advise the best times to cruise in the destination you choose to cruise to and what you need to know

Do your research on the cruise ship and the destination. Some cruise ships are geared up for families and some are more for couples or older cruisers. When you take a young family on a cruise you do not want to be fighting an army of zimmer frames! Likewise, if you prefer a quiet cruise then you may want to look at one more suitable to a mature mix of passengers.

Decide how long you want to cruise. For a first time cruise I would suggest up to 7 nights. This gives you a good taste of what cruising is all about.

Choose whether you want to do an Ocean or River cruise. These are both very different (stay tuned for my next blog on the differences!) River cruising is not as popular with families as cabins are much smaller and not usually suitable for young children.

Booking Your Cruise

YOU Travel FerrymeadThis is the easy part! Once you know which cruise you want to book just head on down to your Cruise Specialist and lock it in! Your Cruise Specialist will be able to tell you if there is a special deal out for your chosen option which may include on board credit to spend on your cruise, reduced deposits, WiFi deals, specialty dining options, shore excursion deals and more. The deposit will vary from cruise line to cruise line as will the final balance due date. Your Cruise Specialist will be able to advise you of this at the time of booking.

Just remember – the best deals are usually outside of the normal vacation times.

First Time Cruise Packing Tips

Packing cubes are a fantastic way of being able to fit everything you are going need on your cruise into your suitcase. One good thing about most cruises is that you can take more than one suitcase per person. Although this will depend on how many passengers are in the one stateroom as you do need to store your suitcase in you cabin. (These usually fit under the bed.)

Do not bother with your hair dryer! There is always one supplied in your cabin. You will also be supplied with towels (including pool/beach towels). Having said that – the cruise ship hair dryers are a low wattage so if you feel you may need extra power by all means bring your own.

Bathroom amenities are included in each cabin so you can save a bit of room here if need be. Unless of course you like to take your favorite shampoo and conditioner!

On most cruises every cabin has its own en suite bathroom so leave the bathrobes at home – unless you are traveling with friends! Some cruise lines will supply bathrobes and some you have to pay for the privilege of using them – again check with your cruise consultant for your particular cruise. (Same with slippers).

Take a Lightweight Day Pack for your shore excursions! You will thank me for it! This will enable you to take all the necessities with you when out and about such as water, hats, sunscreen, reading material, maps and whatever you need for the day. Just make sure it is a comfortable one as you will be wearing it for a while!

Don’t forget to pack suitable clothing for the destination and season. No point taking your bikini on a winter wonderland cruise or a cruise to Antarctica (unless there is a spa on board!). Likewise, – it can get chilly at nighttime out on deck when cruising in the cooler months. When you want are heading to the sunny Caribbean then you may get away with just a bikini or board shorts and some nice summer attire. But even the Caribbean can cool off a bit at sea so take a wrap or light jacket just in case.

One essential item is your Universal Travel Adapter. It will depend on your cruise ship as to what kind of power sockets are in your cabin. With a Universal adapter it won’t matter which type of power socket you have and if you have one with the USB Ports you can charge multiple devices at the same time. [Insert link here] I also take either a small power board or a double adapter as there are usually very limited power sockets in you cabin. Some have a maximum of one or two only. Just make sure your power board does not have a surge protector on it as recent rule changes have restricted the use of surge protectors on board as they can interfere with the electric systems on the ship.

Portable travel clothes line – these are useful if your cruise line does not have a self-service laundry on board. You can at least hand wash a few items as you go which will lessen the amount of clothes you need to take. This is relevant on a longer cruise of over 7 nights or so. Some cruise lines do have self-service laundromats on board. Some charge a fee and some are included.

Waterproof Dry bag – these will keep your valuables, phones, clothes etc dry while you are at the beach or poolside. Insurance won’t cover you if you leave them unattended so this is a great solution as you can have them with you all the time!

Extra Coat hangers! When you want like to hang up your clothes make sure you take along extra coat hangers as you never seem to get enough in your wardrobe! Check out these cool folding travel clothes hangers! They don’t take up much room and best of all they are light! When you want are from outside New Zealand please use this link for Folding Clothes Hangers.

Checking In For Your Cruise

When you want have not been allocated a specific boarding time then this information is crucial for you. You must be on board your cruise ship at least one hour prior to the scheduled departure time. This is so the cruise line can conduct the mandatory Maritime Safety Drills before getting underway.

Most people on their first cruise are super excited to get on board and turn up at the crack of dawn ready to jump on and explore the ship straight away. Well – I am sorry to tell you that you are going to be bitterly disappointed! Once a cruise ship docks and all the necessary docking procedures are completed (this can take an hour or more!) the ship will need to disembark all the current passengers before allowing any new passengers on board. After they disembark current passengers the ship gets a thorough clean. Naturally this is far easier when there are few people around.

The best time to start your embarkation is about 2 – 3 hours prior to departure. You will avoid the majority of the queues this way. Unless of course you have priority boarding as part of your cruise fare.

In normal circumstances a ship may dock at say 7am, disembarkation is usually completed by about 9am and the incoming passengers don’t start boarding until about 11am – 12pm at the earliest. Sometimes it is even later than this depending on the size of the ship and the departure time.

On Board Your First Cruise – What You Can Expect in Your Cabin

Balcony CabinMost cabins have the same basic layout – bed, en suite, wardrobe, desk and if you are lucky a sofa.

Depending on the number of passengers in your cabin you may have a king bed or you may get two bunks with an upper and lower berth on each bunk. This configuration tends to be the most cramped.

Unless you are planning to spend a lot of time in your cabin then the configuration may not be a big deal to you. However, when you have more than two people in a cabin things start to get a little tight! Planning ahead will save you some grief on lack of space. Check out the section on Packing Tips for some good ideas.

If budget is an issue then consider an inside cabin as this will offer the best price. Some cruise lines have started creating “virtual balconies” in an inside cabin such as the one in the below video. Quite clever really and at a much more affordable price than a balcony cabin – just without the fresh air!



Shore Excursions – How to Choose the Best Options

Choosing the best shore excursions can be tricky. You want to make sure you don’t miss out on anything amazing but you don’t want to pay through the teeth for them either! When you want to make the most of your time in port it takes a bit of forward planning. Most cruise lines will give you access to their Shore excursion options 60 days prior to departure. Of course this differs from cruise line to cruise line. Check with your Cruise Specialist as to when you are able to access your shore excursions.

If you have found a well informed and educated Cruise Specialist they may have already made some suggestions for your particular itinerary or at least shown you how to find information about shore excursions or alternatives available in your ports of call.

One thing to note – a lot of people say that you are better to book your own tours when in port as the ship options can be quite expensive. This may be a good idea if you are an experienced traveler. However, – be warned – if you book your own tours and you are delayed in getting back to the ship they will not wait for you. This means you will be responsible for paying your own way to meet the ship at its next port of call.

Food Glorious Food – What Are We Going to Eat on Our Cruise?

It’s true that most people who choose to cruise for their vacation will come back at least a few extra kilos than when they left and I’m not talking about shopping and souvenirs! Cruise ships are renowned for their amazing food options and selections on board. After all – it is a massive part of cruising!

On the medium to larger sized cruise ship you can find upwards of 5 different dining options on board. Some cruise lines charge an additional fee for specialty restaurants but on every cruise there are at least two options that are included in your cruise fare. This is the Buffet (or food court style) dining and the main A La Carte Restaurant. Opening hours will depend on whether it is a sea day or a port day.

Specialty restaurants cater for the more discerning diner. You may have a choice of Italian, Steak and Seafood, French, Asian, Brazilian and many more. These differ between cruise lines and cruise ships. But the service and the food is far superior to that of the buffet or main restaurant. When you want can fit it into the budget I highly recommend trying these out. The surcharge ranges but can be as little as $10 up to $90+ for a degustation or Chef’s Table experience.

Whichever option you choose – you will not go hungry!

Some cruise lines have started using Celebrity Chefs to create their various menus which has really made the food on board something to behold! Sometimes these are restricted to specialty restaurants and you may need to pay a surcharge but again – nowhere near as much as you would if you were to visit one of their shoreside restaurants (if you can even get a reservation!).


What About Liquid Refreshments?

You may have heard about the fabulous cocktails you can get on board a cruise. It’s all true! There is plenty of competition out there to find the quirkiest bar or novel experience for cruise passengers. But whatever tipple you fancy you will have no problem finding it on your cruise.

Most cruise lines are starting to offer drink packages for guests to purchase either before or during the cruise. It is worth noting that they often start around $60 – $80 per person per day USD. Some are cheaper and some more expensive. But the trick is to work out whether you are going to get good value out of it. Most cocktails are around $8 – $12 and a glass of wine about the same. So you would need to consume around 6 – 7 drinks per day just to break even.

The best value drinks package I have ever seen (other than the ones that are already included) is on Viking Ocean Cruises. Their package is only $19.95USD/day and includes everything except champagne and some drinks at the Torshavn bar. Awesome value!

Some cruise lines will let you bring a bottle of wine on board but most have restrictions on where you can enjoy it. There are a few cruise lines that will allow you to bring your own drinks on board such as Viking – They don’t mind what you take on board but their prices are already really good so why would you bother? Unless you have purchase a few bottles of nice wine from one of the vineyards you visited along the way!

Then there are cruise lines that are very strict and won’t even let you bring your own water on board. So best check before you go.

Entertainment On Board – What Activities Will There Be On Board?

Most big ocean cruise ships have many forms of entertainment – the problem is trying to fit it all in! The Broadway style shows are usually of a very high standard albeit a shortened version. Then you often have a Casino, Bingo, Pools, Spas, some have a bowling alley, ice-skating rink, bumper cars, FlowRider, rock climbing walls, hydro slides, ping pong, shuffleboard, mini golf, glassblowing, movie characters, movies under the stars, simulators, and so much more! Of course – as usual – it depends on what ship you are on so check with your cruise consultant first.

What Will The Children Do?

On cruises that allow children you will usually find a comprehensive Kids Club on board. These are usually split into different age groups so the children are socializing with others in the same age group. There are always planned activities and programs based on the age group and will keep the kids entertained for hours! Of course this means parents/caregivers get to spend some quality time together (or alone) and feel like they too have had a holiday! Check out this cool video on Disney Cruise lines to see just how much fun your kids are going to have! (Makes you want to be a kid again!

Please note that on some ships there is a no child policy and some smaller ships that do allow kids on board do not offer a children’s program so please double check if this is important to you.

Is There A Doctor On Board?

Almost every cruise ship has a medical facility of some sort on board. On larger ships this can be quite sophisticated but on smaller vessels there may just be a designated first aid provider. This is usually on the river ships and other vessels that don’t stray too far from land.

Of course if you have any medical issues it pays to let the ship know in advance so they can be prepared. In some cases you may not be able to cruise at all depending on your condition so please check with your doctor prior to booking your cruise.

In Summary – To Cruise or Not to Cruise

So – now that you have the low down on cruising you can decide if it is the kind of holiday that you would enjoy. Of course there is only one way to truly find out and that is to get yourself off on a short break cruise and try it out! Who knows, – you might just get addicted.

When you want enjoyed this post or if you think there is something else that I need to add please leave a comment below for me! Or if you want to share your cruise tips or hacks please feel free to share in the comment section below.


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Why Use Packing Cubes? 10 Great Reasons Why You Should

Everyone seems to have an opinion on whether to use packing cubes or not. “Why use packing cubes?” you ask. “What difference is it really going to make?” Well I am hoping this article will convince you that packing cubes are truly amazing! I am a complete convert and have made it my life mission to ensure everyone around the world who travels whether for business, leisure or otherwise knows what packing cubes are and what using packing cubes will do to their travelling life.

So What Are Packing Cubes?

Packing cubes (or packing cells as they are sometimes referred to) are usually made out of a lightweight material and come in many shapes and sizes. Some are square or oblong and are designed to store larger items such as shirsts, pants and dresses etc. Some are smaller and ideal for t’shirts, shorts and clothing items that aren’t so bulky. Then you have the smallest ones that are perfect for socks and jocks and other “delicate” items that you prefer to have hidden away. (Nothing worse than having your suitcase contents on show if your suitcase has a malfunction!).

How Do I use Packing Cubes Effectively?

The idea of packing cubes is that once you pack your clothes and items into the cubes or cells you can then transfer them directly into you suitcase, backpack or other luggage. This not only creates additional space (for all those shoppers out there!) but it also does a great job of protecting your clothing, shoes and other personal belongings in your luggage. Now the best part is that once you arrive at your destination you can open up your suitcase and lift out each cube or cell and put them directly into the hotel room drawers or cabin drawers if you are fortunate enough to be on a cruise!

Now this is where they really come into their own! You will never again have to go searching for missing socks, or spend ages trying to find your favourite t shirt. They are exactly where you placed them! Once you finish with them (and if they are clean of course!) you can just fold them straight back into the packing cube you got it out of and it is there for when you want it next time!

Packing Cubes are also really useful if you are limited on luggage space or only want to take carry on luggage. You will find that if packed correctly you can fit far more into your carry on!

10 Great Reasons You Should be Using Packing Cubes

  1. They are the best way to organize your suitcase when travelling. Whether it is for business travel or for leisure, vacation, sports travel or even cruising, packing cells are an absolute godsend!
  2. There is nothing worse than trying to find your favourite socks or tshirt or finding your matching bikini bottoms when all you want to do is get down to the pool!
  3. Keeps your clothes and personal items clean and free from whatever dreaded germs the person who stayed in your room before you has left in the drawers! (Think smelly socks and dirty undies!)
  4. Quick and efficient way to pack and unpack a suitcase with the minimum amount of fuss and bother so you can get on with what you want to do without having to waste time packing or unpacking. Just get straight off to the pool for a cocktail!
  5. Reusable – you can use them over and over again! In fact I have two sets and it is perfect for a 2 week vacation! I can take everything I need and everything I don’t need! (Who wants to pack light when you can fit it all in?)
  6. You will be the envy of your fellow travellers! Especially if they don’t have any! Trust me – as soon as they see your amazingly organised suitcase they are going to buy some the first chance they get!
  7. You can even use these at home to organize your drawers and wardrobes.
  8. Great to use for the kids to keep their secret things secret but best of all – tidy!
  9. Shoe pouches are great for using at the gym even when you are not travelling as it keeps them away from the rest of your gear.
  10. They just make life and travel so stress free!


There Are So Many Packing Cube Options – How Do I Choose?

Big ones, square ones, pouches, rectangles, funny looking ones that fit your bras in perfectly – there are so many shapes and sizes out there. Not to mention brands and the number of cubes in a set.

So which one to choose? Well it is largely going to depend on how often and how long you travel for. If you are only going away for short periods of time such as a weekender then a smaller set would suffice. But if you are heading off on a Round World Cruise for 6 months I would recommend a couple of larger sets.

The quality will also be a factor worth considering. If you want a set that is going to last then be prepared to pay a bit more for a better quality – such as the Pro Packing Cubes 6 piece set. They are a great size and the quality is excellent.

It’s very easy to combine sets and I use two completely different patterned sets as i find it helps me find things faster. I can divide things up in smaller categories so it is far easier to find them. Of course you may want to take a couple of empty ones along for any spontaneous purchases while you are away.

Check out the below You Tube review on various brands.

Okay – Where can I Buy Packing Cubes? offers Kiwis (New Zealanders) some very cheap sets and you can even get a great deal when you buy 2 sets! Check out the deal here: Set of 2 Packing Cells. Otherwise – if you prefer you can purchase a couple of different set options by visiting our store.

I can recommend the Pro Packing Cubes. They have different sized sets for all budgets and types of travel. They are lightweight but robust. They have plenty of different size options so cover all your packing requirements. They also have a great range of colours.

The options they have are as follows:




We would also love to have your comments or ideas on how you use your packing cubes so if there is anything I haven’t already covered please feel free to share!

If you have any questions on packing cubes feel free to leave a comment below and I can answer it for you.

So what are you waiting for? Go get some!!!

Don’t be the last person on the planet who doesn’t have a set! Go and get your Packing Cubes today!


The Travelmixa® Review

Many of my friends enjoy having a smoothie or health shake at work, after the gym, at home or whenever they can’t be bothered cooking! I came across the Travelmixa® when I was setting up the website. I knew I had to try it as had just started on a meal replacement program and the “shaker” that I was using to mix up the powder just didn’t do a very good job. (Although be aware it is not a liquidizer so if you are blending fruit it can still be a bit pulpy.)
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Travelmixa – Blue colour
Click on the picture to the left to check out a video of the Travelmixa in action.
Once I started using the Travelmixa® I knew I had found an awesome product and immediately added it to our store products. The best thing is – it is a NZ designed product!

When I went on holiday I took the Travelmixa® with me. It is so light and easy to carry and I loved being able to use it while I was away. I just packed in among my Packing Cells Big plus is that it is super easy to clean so no messy blender blades that never seem to clean properly and no chance of getting any food left in it. You can also put the flask and lid in the dishwasher but NOT the base! I prefer to just unscrew it all and rinse it off in warm water and let it drip dry.

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Travelmixa in Hong Kong!
I can personally vouch that you will be allowed to take your travelmixa on board a flight in your carry on luggage – i just took mine all the way to Hong Kong via Australia and had absolutely no issues whatsoever!
The other amazing feature with the Travelmixa is that you can charge it up with a USB connection and the charge lasts for between 2 – 4 weeks! Depends on how often you use it of course – but I use mine at least once a day and it usually gets me through about 4 weeks before I need to charge it again. You can recharge the Travelmixa® anytime by plugging the USB cable into your USB Travel adapter, ipad, laptop or other device with a USB port or even the USB connector on a flight.
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Travelmixa – Blue colour
This means it is perfect for camping or tramping trips where you may be away from a power source for any length of time. Even if you are just heading away for a day trip it is so light and compact that you can pop it into your backpack and make a fresh smoothie or protein shake when you need it!
The Travelmixa® is also great to take to a party if you are wanting to make your own cocktails! Although it is not suitable for ice so don’t try making anything with ice in it unless you have crushed ice and not too much at once! I have used frozen fruit in my smoothies before but only small fruit such as blueberries and raspberries.
Of course you can also use any other kind of soft fruit and cold liquid to make delicious smoothies or cocktails! The Travelmixa is not designed to blend hard items like ice, nuts, carrots, beets etc. Because it is a small travel sized mixer, it is not suitable to deal with all those great big jobs that a bench-top blenders do. Use fridge cold water and milks to make your smoothie and then pour over ice cubes if you like your drinks really chilled.
 So what are you waiting for? Jump into the shop and get your Travelmixa today! You will wonder how you ever managed without it!
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TravelMixa – Purple
Have you used the Travelmixa before? Please feel free to share your tips or even your favourite recipes! We would love to hear from you!


Melanie in Hong Kong

About PackMe Travel Accessories


Welcome to PackMe Travel Accessories. This website was designed to create a place you could go to for all your travel accessories and packing solutions ensuring a pleasant, safe and stress free travel experience. We want to provide good sound travel advice as well as some useful tips and tricks for a smooth travel experience.


As a travel consultant I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity and privilege to travel to more than 33 different countries around the world! (And still counting!!)

From solo travel to group travel, family travel to travelling as a couple I have experienced all of these and I look forward to sharing some of my stories with you! I would also love to hear some of your stories.

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Aberdeen Marina Hong Kong

My favourite part of travel is meeting new friends and experiencing the many and diverse cultures that make up our amazing planet! Oh and the food! I admit it – I’m a foodie! I love trying out new cuisines – although I draw the line at deep fried spiders and bugs! Yuck!

I am currently working full time in an award winning travel Agency in Christchurch, New Zealand and really love it! I look forward to meeting you all and sharing my knowledge and ideas with you.


Eight years of travel consulting and travel has taught me many lessons in what to avoid and how to make life easier for oneself and your family while travelling. I can’t wait to share my tips and tricks with you to make your travel experience just a little safer, a little more organised and a lot more stress free! I will also be reviewing different products and experiences so I can share these with you.


Our goal is to ensure travelers have the opportunity to ensure a safe and stress free experience when it comes to your travel accessories and your security and safety while travelling or enjoying the things you love to do outdoors. We also want you to be well informed about travelling and what it can offer you.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,