Texts by Juneyna Kabir 

The rule of thumb about packing for vacations is to keep it to a minimum. So when it comes to shopping for them, the idea is the same. It is so easy to think that there will be the perfect occasion for those sparkly heels but save the space to bring back that ornate vase instead! Each climate and the activities you have planned will evidently dictate what kind of items you will require, but here are a couple of basic essentials that you shouldn’t leave without.

Travel size lotions and potions

Lots of hotels will offer you shampoo and shower gels but if you are travelling on a tighter budget, you might need to bring your own. Instead of using up valuable weight with the big bottles, there are kits you can buy with mini containers that you fill with your own stuff. A great place to shop for these will be at your local Miniso.

Neck pillow

Too often we’re so excited for the destination that we forget about the journey. If you have a long way to get there, consider getting a well made neck pillow (memory foam, if possible!) and get some quality shut eye before you reach.


Comfy shoes

Everyone wants to look smashing in their holiday photos but you can ruin your entire holiday if your feet are sore all the time. Most often than not, you will be walking around a lot and in my personal opinion, sneakers are the way to go. To take it a step further, slide into some slip-ons. They keep your feet happy!


If you’ve got a big, burdensome bag, the delight of walking around discovering a new place will feel like a chore. Choose a light shoulder bag or even one of those mini backpacks for a hands free experience.

If you have the option, just your phone and your wallet in your pocket is usually all you need.

Power bank

Imagine you’re looking over a panoramic view of the city, watching the sunset with your loved one. You take your phone out to capture the perfect memory and a blank screen stares back at you. Happens only too often, so carry a power bank. You can buy lipstick sized ones that will charge your phone once over, which is really all you need for the day.

Happy travelling!


MINISO had begun its journey in Tokyo, Japan in 2013 by Co-Founders Miyake Junya and Ye Guofu. Today, MINISO has spread itself to 81 countries, opening more than 3,000 stores. MINISO took its first steps by starting up operations in Bangladesh in 2017 and successfully having its grand unveiling of its first flagship store in January 2018 in Banani 11, Dhaka. It was shortly after that MINISO was providing the opportunity to purchase franchises, which, of course meant following a strict global standard in terms of quality and presentation. It was not too long after, MINISO franchises were purchased in lively locations so far such as Jamuna Future Park, Dhanmondi,  Mohammadpur, and of very recent, Uttara. MINISO is best known for its wide range of daily lifestyle products that are low in prices but high in quality, and the ultimate goal would be to share that love and joy with the people of Bangladesh

Photographs by Tutul Nesar