TRAVEL – what to pack for a two month USA adventure

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Tomorrow I fly to New York to start my trekamerica adventure!

It’s come around so quickly! As a helpful guide for future trekkers, or for anyone travelling to the USA in general, I thought it would be a great to show you guys what’s in my suitcase, and what I’ve packed for a two month trip!

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new look backpack/cross-body / glamour magazine / New York guide / mini hairbrush & comb / samsung camera / watch / passport

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It may be small but this New Look bag is very versatile. With a handy strap, the bag can either be a backpack (perfect for days when we’re hiking) or a cross-body bag (great for when we’re in the city). The tassel also adds a cute touch. My in-flight essentials include my samsung camera (I have to say it’s not very good, but it does an okay job at taking photos if my iphone ever runs out of battery) and my New York guide, which was given to me as a leaving present from the guys at F&F. With fold out maps and information on the main attractions, places to eat and entertainment, I can’t wait to use it!

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snow & rock XL trek towel / trespass packaway waterproof jacket / torch

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A small torch is a must for walking around the campsites at night (and more importantly for not getting lost whilst searching for the toilet). I bought a handy packaway Trespass jacket from Argos which is waterproof and has a hidden hood. This will be a great lightweight layer for when it rains, and for our visit to Niagara Falls. I left it quite late to get a towel for the trip, so for £17.99 I bought this XL one from Snow & Rock. It is really thin, but apparently it dries 10x quicker than a normal towel, so we will have to wait for the verdict on that one! It is however really compact and that means more room in the suitcase for clothes!

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t-zone face wash / razor / toothbrush / mini toothpaste / carex body wipes / paracetamol / plasters / face cloth / mini batiste dry shampoo / insect repellent / full size radox shower gel / full size garnier shampoo & conditioner / full size sure deodrant / nivea 50+ sun spray / nivea moisturiser / mini gilette shaving foam / mini body shop hand wash

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I’ll be taking these in a large see-through bag, alongside my very little amount of make-up. Some important essentials to shout about here are insect repellent with 50% DEET (apparently there are mosquitos and ticks in America), sun cream (factor 50, gotta protect your skin), carex body wipes (there are apparently no showers at Yosemite, groovy) and the of course plenty of plasters and paracetamol (for those nights out and long walks!)

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vila sequin top / river island nyc tee / next embellished vest / asos grid vest / river island sequin vest / primark lace kimono

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I’ve packed more tops than shown above (about 15 in total), but here are a few of my favourites. As you can see I love all things black, white and er, embellished! The sequin tops are perfect for nights out, the kimono is a great cover-up and I couldn’t resist visiting New York without my River Island NYC tee (yeah, I’ll be that tourist).

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river island denim shorts / primark linen shorts

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Once upon a time, there lived a girl called Sarah, who loved her shorts as much as she loved black, white and all things embellished. Shorts are my wardrobe staple, and as the weather looks to be getting rather hot in America, I thought it would be best to pack a variety of linen and denim shorts. Great for the day and the evening!

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f&f flip flops / gelert walking boots / converse / primark flatform sandals

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I’ll be taking four pairs of shoes on this trip – these must-have flip flops (for showers, trust me you do need them), walking boots for hikes and long walks (extra points if they’re waterproof), converse for everyday wear and flatform sandals for nights out (and the extra height).

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topman mtv jumper / topdeck hoodie / primark leggings / primark blanket scarf

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What’s a trip without some home comforts? Clothes-wise it’s these above. Jumpers can take up a large amount of room in your suitcase, so I thought I’d pack one jumper and one hoodie. Two pairs of basic leggings are great for the cold weather too, as well as a blanket scarf (which will be pretty handy for the 8 hour flight.)

Other nifty things to pack are: underwear (including cosy socks for those extra cold nights), face wipes, swimwear, jeans (I’m taking one pair), make-up (eye liner, lipstick, lip balm and mascara) and a sleeping bag if you’re camping.

So there you have it – my packing guide for America. If you want to stay tuned into my American adventure, follow me on instagram – @sazwatson.

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Silver Aviators River Island, Cropped Biker Jacket H&M Kids, Black bandeau (underneath top) Urban Outfitters, Vila Striped Top (worn as a dress) Republic, Silver Boat Shoes Sperry.

You may have noticed that I have been M.I.A for the past two weeks or so – this is due to moving into my new house, Freshers, and oh, I’m currently on holiday in Malta too! This Vila top is perfect for the Maltese weather (which I have to say is VERY hot!), and I practically live in my silver boat shoes – they are the comfiest shoes I have ever worn!  All in all, I’ve had such a good week with the boyfriend – we swam with dolphins, had a taste of the nightlife and went sightseeing! It’s safe to say that it will be hard to adjust back to uni life and the rainy Preston weather!

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The other day I went to the Trafford Centre in Manchester to do a spot of shopping! I spent far too much in Republic (thank God for staff discount!), and had an amazing three-course TGI Fridays meal courtesy of Ali! Here is a quick feature on what I bought! Enjoy!

I was really excited to go to the Trafford Centre, as me and Ali had planned to go sometime this week (mainly to cheer us both up), and to sample some TGI Fridays – our last one was in May in Glasgow! So we hopped onto a train and arrived in Manchester later that afternoon.

We cheekily hit Primark on our way to catch the X50 bus to the Trafford Centre. I was overwhelmed with how large the store was, as well as being surrounded by so many clothes! I decided to just head to the accessories section to browse and purchase a few things.

Here is what I bought at Primark:
Silver Long Cross Necklace, £2.50 – I’m not really a big fan of silver jewellery (regular readers will know that I live in gold rings and necklaces!), but when I spotted this ‘gothic’ necklace, I couldn’t resist buying it! One of my favourite bloggers; Lily Melrose, must have thought there was something special about this charming cross necklace, as I noticed she bought one too! I can pair this up with one of my many monochrome vest tops, and it will also look very nice with my Topshop ear cuff which I bought in Leeds!

Printed Skull Scarf, £3 – Remember the famous Alexander McQueen skull scarf which was donned by many celebrities such as Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan and Nicky Hilton from 2009? Remember the aftermath of followers who couldn’t afford the real thing and bought replicas from high street stores? Well being me, I jumped ‘on the band wagon’ and bought this skull scarf from Primark two years later. How ‘behind the trends’ am I haha??  Trends aside, this scarf will be a nice change from wearing necklaces all the time, and will hopefully ‘spice’ up my outfits a little bit!

Mesh Spotty Tights, £2 – As regular readers might know, I practically live in shorts and tights! So I thought I should invest in some ‘fancy’ tights instead of wearing plain ones all the time! Primark are really good for tights, as whenever I seem to buy them, they last so long without getting laddered (which is a frequent pain for most tight-wearers). So I bought these lovely spotty tights to make my outfits a little less plain and simple! Watch out for them creeping into outfit posts soon!

Socks, £2 – I needed some new socks as somehow ever since I went to university, they have gone missing or my boyfriend has nabbed them.  So I bought a pack of these black trainer socks for £2. A cheap but cheerful buy!

After a quick Primark shop, we then headed off to the Trafford Centre. As soon as we arrived, I raced off straight to Republic to partake in some staff discounted buys.

I bought quite a few things, check them out below:
White Label Blue, White and Red Checked Shirt, original price £10 – I bought this because I secretly love checked shirts (I have two red ones), and I thought I needed a blue version to wear for work! The new White Label designs are really cheap in comparison to other Republic house brands such as Miso, Crafted and Soul Cal. So I couldn’t miss this opportunity to snap up something basic and simple to wear on my four hour shifts! Many people have compared White Label to Primark, which I can sort of see too. My opinion on the brand is that it caters for people who aren’t already house/out of house Republic  fans, and it provides basic wardrobe staples  such as these straight leg jeans and a dark grey hoody, which you can pair with other Republic printed clothes such as this Crafted x-ray vest top and this Vila sunset jumper.

Miso Fair-trade Isle Cardigan, original price £34.99 – Since Winter is dawning upon us, I thought I should invest in some more cardigans – I currently own two! This cardi is perfect for just throwing something extra onto a simple and basic outfit, plus it will keep me warm in the ever cold and rainy Prestonia!  I can wear this with my Crafted PU leggings and my ‘I love Chaos’ vest for work, as well as to meals out with Ali or the family.

Crafted Embellished Neck Dress, original price £29.99 – I instantly fell in love when I saw this dress! I normally don’t go for Republic dresses as I am a ridiculously short person (4’11” to be exact), and most of their dresses are way too long for me! But after trying this lovely number on, I couldn’t resist buying it! This dress can be worn on nights out, as well as family meals and events too. Plus, this dress goes perfectly with my Miso gold zip boots! Winner winner chicken dinner!

Crafted Jersey Dress, original price £19.99 – Why settle for one dress when you can buy two? That was my thought when I bought this plain and simple jersey dress! The simplicity of this dress means that I can not only wear it for nights out with the girls, but I could also dress it down in the day with my Miso fair-trade cardigan and my new vintage boots for work.

Miso Gold Zip Boots, original price £34.99 – Last but not least, I bought these Miso shoe boots for only £17.49 (with staff discount).  I was debating whether or not to get the red version of these shoes, but if I did buy them I would have been quite limited as to what I could wear with them. So I settled for these beauties instead. These shoes will be used for nights outs and special occasions due to the suedey-feel of the material.

The last few things I bought were from a variety of shops; Topman, H&M and Superdrug.

Here they are below:
Silver Ruler Ring, £9 (with student discount), Topman – Why is it that men’s jewellery is so much better than women’s? That thought struck my mind as I cheekily purchased this über cool Topman ring. Even though I’m not really keen on silver rings (I prefer gold), I couldn’t help myself in picking up this silver ruler version. It’s so different to other rings that I came across that day (even the Topshop ones didn’t impress me), and it will go well with my Primark cross necklace too (see above).

Black Skirt, £3.99, H&M – Every girl needs that basic black skirt that could go with everything in her wardrobe and one of those girls is me. Even though I practically live in shorts and tights, I fancied a bit of a change – sometimes my vast range shorts just don’t look right with that skimming-the-crotch top. And when I saw this cheap skirt, I had to buy it! For £3.99 I would probably wear it to death, and it is a cheaper version of all those bandage-panel bodycon skirts that are around at the moment (with a whopping price tag of £12.99!) Nothing’s better like buying a cheaper alternative to spending half your wage on a more expensive version of a type of clothing.

Nail Varnish Remover & Cotton Wool Balls, £3.99 altogether Superdrug – You may have seen in my ‘Busy Bee’ post that I got some free Topshop nail varnish remover? Well I want to savour that freebie for a while so I decided to invest in some Superdrug basics to see me through. I used to paint my nails all the time back in high school, but now I hardly have any time! That is going to change, from now on; I hope to get back in the ‘nail painting’ swing of things! So look out for future ‘nail art’ posts!

Afterwards, me and Ali had our TGI Fridays, as well as a game of bowling (he unfortunately won), but I managed to beat him at Guitar Hero – love that game!  I had a really good time, and it relieved quite a bit of stress that I have been feeling for the past couple of weeks! Nothing like a great day out with your best friend/boyf to cheer a girl up!

Did you go shopping in the past few days? What did you buy?