Backpacking Preparations | Travel

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Hi,

In two weeks I will be leaving for my backpacking adventure to Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. I already told a bit about it in this blogpost about my gap year update, where I also wrote about getting 100 followers on my blog. And guess what, a few days ago I reached 200! I can’t believe it was only a month ago that I reached 100, and now I’m already over 200 followers. Thank you so much guys for supporting and following me, it means a lot to me and I’m so happy, I’ve never expected it!

Okay, so in two weeks I’m in Bangkok, Thailand. I will be travelling there with a backpacking group, but I will make a post about that where I tell everything before I leave. I already knew that with travelling there also comes a lot of arranging, but I feel like that with destinations further away comes also way more stress. I mean, most of the times you go on a trip to somewhere in Europe, you don’t have to get vaccines,  extra travel insurance or to think about how less you bring with you to prevent a hernia. To clear my mind a bit, and to maybe help others who are in the same situation, here is a little TO DO LIST before you leave:

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PASSPORT

Make sure your passport is valid for a while, other wise it may be possible they won’t give you a visa or you aren’t possible to travel. Oh and DON’T FORGET IT!!

VISA

For some countries you need to do a little extra work to get a visa. In a lot of countries you can get a visa on arrival (for example Thailand and Cambodia), but there are some exceptions. For instance, to get a visa for Vietnam, you have to get a approval letter.

VACCINES

Also very important, better to be sure than unsure. Oh and try to schedule getting your vaccination in a week you don’t have to do much with your arms. It’s going to hurt for a while, not very pleasant. (I made this mistake hehe )

TRAVEL & HEALTH INSURANCE

Again, better to be sure than unsure. It’s a lot of money for something that you maybe are not going to use, but it will cost you more if you’re not insured and something happens to you.

BACKPACK

How can you go backpacking without a backpack?! Make sure you find the right one, one that fits nice on you and feels good. I still have to buy mine oops, but I already know wich I’m going to get.

PACKING LIST

Make a packing list, so you know what you want to bring, you don’t forget anything and what you have to buy before you leave. Don’t only make a list of the clothes you want to bring, but also of the essentials like sunscreen, deet, travel plug etc. And try not to bring too much! This is going to be hard for me haha, but I have to remember I have to carry it everytime and I don’t want to end up with a hernia.

Well, these are the things I’m keeping myself busy with at the moment. Most of the things can already get checked of the to do list, so I can focus on reading about the culture and planning the things I want to see. I’m very excited, but also a bit nervous. This will be my first trip ever all alone, but it will be a great experience. I will post more preparing post as in the next two weeks.:)

By the way, have you seen my new header? I’m so happy with it! I am blogging for a few months now, and I finally made my own personal header. (it took me pretty long to finally start making one oops)  I love the pink and the daisy flower, it’s so cute.

Thank you so much for visiting. Have a lovely day!

xxx

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COCONUT OIL IS THE ANSWER

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I’ve seen this photo so many times on facebook now, that I just had to share my experience with coconut oil. Indeed, it’s amazing and is a solution for so many things! However, coconut oil is not my whole life or someting like that, I mean some people use it for everything. There are a lot of health benefits and other benefits of coconut oil  to be found all over the internet, but I never really tried this. (maybe I should?) In this post I will tell you my tips and experience with coconut oil.

HAIR MASK

Coconut oil is so rich and oily, it’s perfect as a hair mask. It makes your hair really soft and shiney. I always brush my hair out, scoop some coconut oil out of my jar and warm it up in my hands above my head (so that the dripping oil falls on my head instead of on the floor), I devide it in my hair and leave it in for 30 minutes minimal. The longer the better. When washing it out, I only use shampoo. I have to wash it more than once before all the oil is out of my hair. (I mentioned this before in my post about my hair care routine.:) )

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MAKEUP REMOVER

It also can be used as a makeup remover for your whole face, or only the eyes. I like it remove my eyemakeup with coconut oil. The grease works very good for removing mascara and eyeliner.

MOISTURIZER

Coconut oil is perfect to moisturize your dry legs, knees, elbows, lips and even cuticles. It makes your skin so soft, and it smells lightly like coconut but it’s mostly odorless.

COOKING

We used to use coconut oil to bake our meat and vegetables. It works really well! The only disadvantage is that coconut oil is hard when it’s cold, so you always have to scoop it out. I personally find it easier when cooking oil is liquid, so I prefer olive oil more to cook with.

These are my tips and what I use coconut oil for. There are a lot more things where you can use it for though, for example: as a shaving cream, oil pulling, to eat (it seems to be very good for you health). Sadly I can’t tell you if it really works, maybe I should try it out…

What are you experiences with coconut oil?

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Hair Care Routine: Frizzy & Dry Hair

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There are so many different hair types and every hairtype needs their own hair care routine. My hair is frizzy, dry and curly/wavy-something. When I was younger I never knew how to treat my hair and what to do with it. I always straightend my hair so it would be less frizzy, but it only got dryer. And when I wore my hair naturally I always brushed it, what made it more frizzy haha. I was a bit clueless, also because I never could really find anything on the internet what would work for my hair. It was always for frizzy curly hair, but my hair isn’t that curly so that never worked for me. But now I’ve finally found a hair care routine for my hair that works for me, and I want to share it with you so maybe I can help someone 🙂

First of all I try not to use heat on my hair, so it doesn’t get more dry. I only straighten it for special occasions.

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Okay so my routine, I only wash my hair once a week because 1. I hate washing it, it takes so much time, 2. my hair doesn’t get greasy quickly and 3. it gets dryer if I wash it more often.

Before washing my hair I always brush my hair out, that is the only time I brush my hair. Than I  wash it with the Syoss Kereatine Hair Perfection Shampoo. I also use the conditioner of the same line. The products work fine, but I prefer the John Frieda Frizz Ease shampoo and conditioner. They seem to work a bit better.

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When the products are all out of my hair I rinse it with cold water (I only do this in summer mostly because in winter it’s way too cold)

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I dry my hair with a cotton tshirt until it’s damp, never with a hairdryer of towel because this makes it frizzy. When it’s damp I let it dry in the air and I put some hair oil in the ends.

When my hair is really dry I use a coconut oil hairmask. You just put coconut oil in your hair, let it sit for a while and then wash it out with shampoo. The hair gets really soft and shiney.

That’s probably my routine. The most important things are (for dry and frizzy hair)

1. Do not brush it too often, it gets frizzy when you do

2. Do not use heat

3. Do not wash it too often

4. Use a cotton tshirt to dry the hair and let it dry in the air

5. Rinse the hair with cold water after washing

6. Use coconut oil!!!!

7. One extra thing what I always do with my hair, I always braid it before sleeping so it doesn’t tangle. (Also when I do this I don’t have to do my hair in the morning haha I’m lazy)

This is what my hair looks like normally by the way 🙂 (Still frizzy sadly, but less)

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Well I hope I could help someone!

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