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Packing for Iceland

I’m going to Iceland!!!

And it’s going to be cold. Colder than I’ve probably ever experienced before, but that’s OK, because it’s Iceland!

Iceland has been on my bucket list for a while. It’s pretty much what dreams are made of for travel lovers. Adventure, nature and a funky little capital city to boot- what more could you want?!

Although I’ll only be going for 3 nights, I’ve been planning ahead what I’ll be taking on my trip. Ya know, just to make sure I come back with every single one of my toes. These little piggies are staying put!

If you’re planning on taking a similar winter holiday trip and have got no idea what to take, below I’ve listed a few packing ideas based on what I’m hoping will be a well-prepared, successful trip!

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Jumpers (your most snuggliest)

IT’S SO FLUFFY! That is exactly what you need to be saying when packing for a winter trip. Pack the warmest ones you can find, even if that means wearing a Christmas jumper in February, DO IT. Jumpers with polo necks work great because they double up as a scarf.

Thermals everything

For the first time in my life I own a pair of long johns- and I couldn’t be happier. Seriously, you need to go all out on this one. You will not regret it.

Walking/Hiking boots

I’m going to be heading out on the Golden Circle tour; it’s likely to be windy, wet and slippery, so me and my clumsiness are not taking any chances. These bad boys have a sturdy sole to keep my feet firmly on the ground.

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Accessories

Scarf. Hat. Gloves. Backpack. You get the idea.

Coat

Probably the most important thing you will need. Preferably windproof and waterproof, and a fur hood so you can look good too. Ski coats are also great. Your choice of coat really depends on the destination, so choose wisely. If you’re planning on being more adventurous on your trip, you would be better off buying one from Mountain Warehouse or North Face to really suit your needs.

Camera!

Now on to the fun stuff… a camera is pretty much an essential item for me. Whether that be my Canon 600d or my Fuji Instax Mini- taking photos of new and beautiful locations adds to the fun of exploring a new destination. If you are heading somewhere where there is likely to be snow topped mountains and you resist the urge to take even one photo.. HOW?!

Travel Journal/Book

As well as a small notebook that I take with me on all my travels, I’m also taking this one by Axel and Ash. I’ve been wanting to get my hands on it for a while and finally received it as a gift this Christmas (I’ll be doing a whole post about it in more detail soon, so keep your eyes peeled!).

I also find it imperative to bring a book with me when I travel. I love reading and there’s nothing better than finding a local cafe, drinking a nice cup of hot chocolate and reading a good book.

And.. don’t forget your passport and money! You might just need those.

So that’s pretty much all I’ll be taking with me to Iceland! Apart from the usual toiletries too, of course. There will be lots and lots of hand cream involved to fight off that winter dry skin!

I’ll be posting more on my trip to Iceland over the next few weeks, so stay tuned!

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Hometown Gold | The Kitchen Garden Café

When I was growing up, I hated this city. All I ever wanted to do was to escape. There was always somewhere better on the horizon. When I was 18, I found my exit through a University education, moving south to Oxford. I think the independence and a change was what I craved most, rather than hatred towards my hometown. Yet, I never missed it.

I missed the curves of my mother’s cheeks as she smiled, and I missed the glares of our gluttonous family dog every time I ate a meal; people was what I missed, not the city. Finding myself back here, I have a longing to get out again, and somehow I don’t think that will ever change, but I’ve grown to love parts of Birmingham. It might not be the place for me, but it has a lot of character, more than I fully appreciated, and I’m constantly discovering new things and places about this city that make me realise, actually, it’s pretty great.

One such place is right in the heart of my neighbourhood growing up, Kings Heath; tucked away just off the high street is The Kitchen Garden Café. The café sits at the end of a whimsical path, lit with fairy lights and bordered with plants and pots for sale, with a garden shop to purchase healthier food options as well as locally produced items.

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The café is just as you’d expect given the quaint entrance; brick walls are adorned with paintings by local artists and posters of upcoming performances, as the café turns into a music venue at night. Everything is calm and relaxing, making it the perfect place to stop off for a spot of lunch or to bring a book and drink coffee. An outdoor seating area makes the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends while basking in the sun and enjoying the surrounding greenery.

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The Kitchen Garden Café knows how to do good food. Everything is freshly made using local and fairly-traded produce; eating here literally makes you feel wholesome and healthy and just plain good. Of course, if you want a sweet treat too, they have a delicious selection of freshly baked goodies.

To me, it’s places like this that make me appreciate my city. It’s so vast and forever changing, who knows what else is hiding beneath the cracks?! There’s more to Birmingham than I ever knew, and there’s still so much left to discover.

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