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23 July 2019

Ten Things I'm Packing for YALC

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Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl and is a chance for everyone to get to know fellow bloggers and share lists. I love lists. Every week is a different list.

Top Ten Tuesday
This week is Top Ten 
Settings I’d Like to See More Of (Or At All)
Things I'm Packing for YALC
I'm panic-packing as I type this, because despite my best intentions, and having a suitcase open in my room for two weeks, I've packed nothing except for my undies and pyjamas. Ooops.

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  1. Tote Bag
    Despite buying my YALC tickets super early, I wasn't one of the first 500 so I don't get a free tote like I have in previous years with my weekend ticket. There were very few tote bags at stands last year so I'm bringing one of my own to make sure I have something for my loot. I am very tempted by this custom tote*.
  2. Misting Fan
    I bought one last year because of the heatwave, and it was a god send. It's a handheld rechargeable misting fan* and it kept me upright on the tube and alive throughout the heatwave. One now permanently lives in my bag.
  3. Portable Charger
    I try not to spend too much time on my phone at YALC, but I end up browsing away on Twitter anyway. It's handy to have a portable charger* with me as it means I can charge up my phone or portable fan if I need to.
  4. Blister Plasters
    Hopefully I won't need them, but I'm packing some blister plasters* just in case. I've already decided against my new Doc Martens, but I'll still be spending a lot of time on my feet.
  5. Collagen Eye Mask
    The heat and pollution in London dries my skin out so much, but these collagen gel eye masks* help me to feel a bit more awake and refreshed and make my eyes a lot less puffy in the morning. Also I like to treat myself.
  6. Permanent Marker
    Authors tend to have their own for signings anyway, but I think fine-tip permanent markers* pretty handy for impromptu signings and scribbles.
  7. Travel Mug
    Although it's more for the journey there and back again, I'm bringing a travel mug*. I find it hard to function without a cup of tea, even in the heat.
  8. Small Coin Purse
    My usual purse is pretty bulky as it's filled with loyalty and membership cards, so when I travel I switch out to a mini coin purse* and ditch what I don't need. It's still big enough for my bank card and train tickets in the main pocket, but it's less than a quarter the size of my usual purse.
  9. Cool Mat
    Admittedly this is more for when I'm lazing around the YALC house, but I'm bringing my cooling gel pillow* for when I'm just too hot and need to cool down. it's around the same size as a pillow and it really does work.
  10. Face Mist
    Not only does it smell lovely, but this soothing face mist* is super hydrating and makes my skin feel so soft, and I find it's pretty good at combating how dry my skin feels in summer.

Are you going to YALC?

What would you pack?


  1. I hope you have a wonderful time at YALC! I know it's a writer's event based on your tags on this post, but what does YALC stand for? Google wasn't very helpful. :)

    My TTT.

    1. It stands for Young Adult Literature Convention :) It's like a celebration of all things bookish with panels and signings and workshops and generally a lot of fun.

  2. I have that fan for this year. I am so pleased I ordered one.

  3. Hope you have an amazing time and I cannot wait for your next YALC post!😊

    Shirley |

  4. Hahaha! I hear you on this. I hate last-minute things, but packing is the worst, so I always put it off. Have fun!

    This is our Top Ten Tuesday. Thank you!

  5. Wow so many things I would not think of taking with me, especially something like Collagen Eye Mask. Great list! Hope you'll have fun!

  6. Fantastic list Cora! I forgot about plasters and small coin purse and a permanent marker! I think I'm going to go through your list when I pack on Thursday!

  7. I'm am so jealous! I hope you have an absolutely incredible time!

    My TTT

  8. I have my fan packed and now a Sharpie! Brilliant tips!

  9. After this year I'm definitely buying a misting fan for next year!

  10. Portable chargers and blister plasters are SO IMPORTANT! Fab list :)

  11. Definitely a good list of things you need! I hope they all came in handy at YALC, and I hope you had a fantastic time!

  12. I was SO glad for my fan! But somehow, I didn't once need any of my three portable chargers! I hope you had a great time :)

    1. I only used mine once the whole weekend! Better to be prepared though.

  13. Those fans are SUCH a great idea and this is a brilliant list! I live close enough that I can travel in each day but I would still use some of these items.

  14. definitely going to invest in a fan for next year! i dont know why i didnt this year, you'd think i'd know better by now


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