I’m off on holiday at the end of next week, and in typical Carla style, haven’t thought about clothes but have already decided what stationery to take with me…

Obviously the type of trip makes a difference – UK or abroad, plane or car, how long I’ll be away, how much luggage I’m allowed (if I’m travelling with others I almost always put my overflow belongings into their cases, much to their disgust) and whether I’ll actually have a chance to sit down and write, or if I’ll be scribbling postcards in haste.

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This trip is one with my parents to Dubai, with the chief aims of relaxing, catching up with old friends over there and planning for my businesses. So here’s what made the cut this time – it’s quite restrained, for me! Clockwise from top left:

My purple pencil case, which was recently lost and found, is the staple of my kit, which I have packed full of pens, pencils, highlighters and of course a fountain pen or three (disposable ones this time, just to be on the safe side).

Air mail envelopes – I rarely use these and have bought a pack especially to take away – I tend to write reams by the pool so the lighter the resulting epic package, the better. And I love how retro these look!

My typewriter notebook – this serves as a sort of notebook, journal and stream-of-consciousness catcher. My creative spark is often ignited by all the new experiences that come with going away, so this will hold daily doodlings, dreams and their meanings, overheard snippets of conversations, places we’ve visited and things I want to look up when I’m next near a screen, as well as my daily gratitudes and intentions.

My rather gorgeous writing pad with the inscription “Live and Laugh Abundantly” at the top of each page. This is really nice writing paper and means I can compose long, waffly letters to the people that matter without worrying about whether I’ll run out of sheets or envelopes from a normal writing set.

And finally – unicorn stickers! Because I try to sign everything with a unicorn but I can’t draw for toffee, so I’ve invested in lots of unicorn stickers (these are from Paperchase, I also have some from Moo with my own logo from Carla Louise on them, and some pretty stickers from years ago which happen to feature unicorns). They sparkle up the most boring of paper and envelopes.

I’ll also stock up on postcards when we get there, as I love to add a local flavour to my writing, but the back of a postcard is rarely long enough for everything I want to say when I have time to write properly!

What goes in your writing kit when you go away? Do you have staples that travel everywhere with you, or do you tailor what you take to each trip?