mia's misadventures

a travel blog by mia robey

Packing list

It’s not long now until we head off to Panama (hurrah!) and so I’m now starting to think about packing. I know I still have five weeks left, which you’d think is plenty of time, but there’s lots of bits and bobs to gather such as medications and so I find it’s best to start thinking of it in advance so as not to be left in a manic rush around the shops last minute. So I thought I’d share my packing list with you in case it’s of any use to any novice travellers among you, or for anyone who finds themselves in a last minute packing hell. Obviously everything won’t be relevant for you but hopefully you find most of it helpful.


  • Passport
  • Tickets
  • Insurance documents
  • Accommodation details
  • Wallet
  • Bank card
  • Money / travellers’ cheques.
  • Mobile phone
  • Phone charger
  • Vaccine certificates


  • Malaria tablets
  • Diorolyte
  • Ibuprofen
  • Paracetamol
  • Antihistamin
  • Bite cream
  • Burnaid
  • Antiseptic cream
  • Immodium
  • Any prescribed meds you take
  • Sanitary products
  • First aid kit
  • Suncream
  • Deet
  • Lip balm


  • Underwear
  • Socks
  • Walking boots
  • Sandles
  • Espadrilles
  • Bikini
  • Cotton trousers
  • Shorts
  • Dress
  • Cotton tshirts
  • Sarong (This is my number 1 travelling item to have with you. Sarongs can be used as clothing, a beach towel, a bath towel, a sling if needed and a bed sheet).
  • Hoodie
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket


  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Facewipes
  • Shampoo
  • Soap / shower gel
  • Nail clippers
  • Hair brush
  • Flannel


  • Camara
  • Snorkel kit
  • Mosquito net
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Waterproof bag cover
  • Small daily bag
  • Money belt
  • Plug adapter
  • Sunglasses
  • Glasses / contact lenses
  • Guide books
  • Reading book
  • Addresses of family and friends for postcards


Summer travels!

Now that I’m all up to date with my blog I can now start to get excited about my trips happening this summer. Somehow, despite thinking that I’d have no holidays at all this year, I’ve managed to once again end up going away for the entire summer holidays! This year I am again taking three trips: The first trip, and the one which I am the most excited for, is a three week trip to Panama and New York. The second is a four night holiday in Krakow, Poland, and finishing off the summer I’ll be off for one of my regular visits to France.

Let’s go through them all one at a time!

My mum has a house out in France and with very cheap Ryanair flights I’m lucky enough to go out there fairly regularly and so my trip out there will be to see her again, this time with Nick in tow. This will be a lovely, relaxing end to the summer.

Nick’s sister lives in Krakow and his family are having a big get together with their friends out there this year and so that explains our trip out there, although I’ve wanted to visit Krakow for some time now and so I’m sure I would have ended up out there in the near future anyway.

And the big one: Panama and New York. With a bit more holiday time than we usually get we decided to take the opportunity to go further afield. Being travel lovers with three weeks to spare and the world at our fingertips it took us a while to figure out where we wanted to go. The only real specifications were that we wanted somewhere exotic and fairly inexpensive. Surely there are a wealth of places to visit that were available to us! The problem was, however, that travelling during the summer holidays is much more expensive than we quite realised. We were shocked at just how much more flights were to travel in July and this ended up limiting our options somewhat. We narrowed it down to Malaysian Borneo and Panama, with me arguing for the East that I so love and Nick taking the side of Central America, a land of sloths and surfing. In the end we settled on Panama, lured by the opportunity to explore a new continent and a little concerned about the apparent threat of terror attacks in Borneo. While looking for the cheapest flights I could find to Panama, I noticed that they all stopped over in New York and so I decided to see if it would work out any cheaper to book them as two separate flights. It turned out that it would save us each about £30 to book them separately and this way we could also have a few days in New York, and so we are off to both Panama and New York! We will have one night in New York before flying onto Panama. We will then have seventeen days in Panama, travelling around the country in search of dense jungle, Caribbean beaches, surfing and wildlife before heading back for another two nights in the Big Apple.

I have to say  I’ve not really been very interested in visiting America in the past, particularly the US, but now that we are all booked up I can’t wait! I am even starting to daydream about future plans to the States. We have a rough plan of a route through Panama, which we had to do as there is so much to see in such a sort amount of time and we didn’t want to end up missing out on some of the really exciting stuff. I’m sure we’ll end up deviating off it though. For New York my only desires are to get a coffee from an all night café and eat enormous slices of pizza. Nick’s only real plans are to sit up all night in a jazz bar. We’re easily pleased!

And so look out for new pages that will be added to the blog at the end of the summer telling you all about our exciting trips and just what we got up to! x


Right, that’s it, Tenerife is now uploaded and so concludes my backlog of trips! I’m now fully up to date and ready to start afresh with my exciting new trips that are planned for this summer! I can’t wait to tell you all about them but I’ve done very little but write for the past two days and so it’s time to give my eyes a rest from the laptop first! Keep a look out though as I’ll be telling you all about them soon. In the meantime please do take a look at my new posts, you can find links for them at the top of the page. x

Transylvania: More than just Dracula?

Nearly three years later and I’ve finally written up my trip to Transylvania, Romania. Find out what I thought about it here. x

Spain now uploaded!

Right, slowly but surely I’m getting through these posts! I’ve now uploaded my trip to San Sebastian, Spain, last year onto the blog so please do give it a look though. Romania and Tenerife still to come so watch this space! x


Right, you can now find the long awaited posts on my solo trips to Morocco and India! Still to come is Romania, Tenerife and Spain so keep a look out for them over the next couple of days. Then I’ll be all pretty much up to date and ready for my exciting new trips planned for this summer. More news on this coming soon! x

Coming up next: India

Ploughing through all the trips I’ve neglected to write up over the last few years. In progress at the moment is solo travelling in India 2015. No pictures I’m afraid as only took a film camera but am trying to make up for it with more descriptive writing. Keep a look out for a full post coming very shortly. x


It’s been a long time coming but I have finally, FINALLY, written up my trip to Morocco so please do check it out. I’ve still got a lot of other trips from the past few years that I’m in the process of writing up too so keep a look out for them coming shortly. x


I have unfortunately been letting this blog slide recently whilst I’ve been focusing on doing some writing for children and so apologies for the severe lack of posts. I am now however back and in full force! I’m dedicating the next few days to writing up the last couple of years of trips I’ve been on (there’s a fair few so please bear with me) ready for a batch of fresh trips this summer, (watch this space!), so do keep a look out for the new posts that will be coming very shortly. x

Travel from your sofa

Going travelling is one of the most amazing things but unless you’re either very rich or very lucky it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to afford to go as often as you’d like. A few years ago I wrote a piece about travelling from the comfort of my own front room through nights in with good film and good food: eating a pea and paneer korma whilst watching The Darjeeling Limited; Tucking into a homemade sushi and a bowl of ramen whilst relaxing in front of Spirited Away. Reading back over this got me thinking: if only there was some sort of shop that sold everything you’d need to be able to travel from your sofa during those long months between trips.

So, I started one myself! Moon Mail is the subscription box service that allows you to travel the universe from the comfort of your own sofa. Simply subscribe to Moon Mail to receive a new and exciting box sent to you each month containing a selection of beautiful and interesting items that will transport you to a different land with each box. One month you may be transported to the vibrant, brightly coloured, riverside villages of India and the next you may find yourself in a quaint English garden. You may even discover yourself in a deep ocean surrounded by strange sea creatures or floating in the vast beauty of space. Inside your Moon Mail box you will find a selection of handpicked goodies that will transport you to whichever land we’re focusing on that month. It may be the Brazilian rainforest, the Artic, an African Safari or even the moon! Moon Mail will transport you to a new place with each box, which you can enjoy with a cuppa in your own front room. Items will range from handmade and artisan products made locally to exciting trinkets from across the globe. An example box may contain the following: A hand painted tote bag, some tea, a vintage neck scarf, a badge and a pair of earrings.

The only problem now is that I still need to find a business that I can buy from so I can enjoy travelling from my sofa too! Please check out my new business at miarobey.wix.com/moonmail


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