Let’s face it – You know as a self-employed mum there is absolutely no way that you are going on holiday for any length of time without work niggling away in the back of your mind.

Even if you’ve turned on airplane mode and you are completely uncontactable from the world of your clients, you are still going to be pondering over uncompleted tasks, in house admin and brainstorming lots of new ideas!

As I write this I am currently sat in Ibiza airport with my laptop, I’m on my way home from a week-long holiday with the family. It’s been a lovely break and just what I needed after a hectic few months but none the less work has never been too far away. I’ve mainly had to keep on top of weekly payroll for a few clients and I also had a CIS return deadline to deal with but all is OK, I don’t hold any grudges as helping my clients is what I love to do. I’ve also had so many bright ideas (this blog being one of them) and now I can’t wait to get back home and get started on things.

I have emptied out my entire bag ready to give you a run through of travel essentials you will need to survive the self-employed mum holiday struggles.

Notepad & Pen

To jot down all those bright ideas that I have already mentioned. This week I have had a huge refresh and I have finally thought of a freebie that I can entice new subscribers to my mailing list with. I’ve been able to brainstorm the idea and plan it out in full ready to start working on these next few weeks. I’ve also been keeping a ‘to do’ list for every time I’ve had a work niggle on the side of the pool.

Ideally, I’d have my Create 365 happy planner to hand but it’s a too big to pop in my handbag but this black and gold queen bee spiral bound and matching gold pen does the trick just fine. As you may already know I joined Denise Duffield Thomas Money Bootcamp earlier on in this year and we call each other bees so this notepad was a must have. I’m also a huge fan of anything black and gold – as you may have already guessed.

Holiday Read

This year’s holiday read is ‘The Power of Purpose’ by John O’Brien and Andrew Cave which I picked up at the airport on my way over. I’ve been working on my own business purpose these last few months after working through a Marie Forleo B School module. The whole concept has really caught my attention as did this book.

Your business purpose is ultimately your why. Why are you in business? Why do you do what it is that you do? Our monthly masterclass for September in the Mums Tax Break members group is ‘Success Strategy’ and business purpose is one of the key topics we have been talking about. If you’d like to read more about business purpose I highly recommend this book as a starting point.

Holiday Basics

If you are travelling abroad the most important items you will need in your handbag for obvious reasons are your purse, passport and sunglasses. (Although I must admit I have been known not to have a passport. A few years ago, me and all my girlfriends came to Spain for a hen weekend and luckily my OCD friend insisted she took our passports before we left, which was a good job as it turned out I picked up the wrong passport. Oops! I had to make a mad dash back home to swap them).

And of course, everything is matching black and gold by River Island, my favourite.

Forever Living Hand Sanitizer

I’ve nearly always got this in my hand bag, after all I am a mum with a toddler and we very often find ourselves in sticky situations.

I’m actually really annoyed with myself that I forgot I had this tucked away in the wardrobe all week as we had some nasty encounters I’m sure this could have helped with. Declan had some nasty blisters from sun burn and I had a jelly fish sting. Ouch. Granted it wouldn’t have worked as well as the Forever gel but this would have eased the pain at least.


Another handbag must. I don’t wear make-up very often but despite that I always having the following items in the bottom of my bag

– Moisture surge extended thirst relief
– Line soothing concealer
– Chubby stick baby tint moisturising lip balm, 03 Budding blossom
– Sweet pot sugar scrub & lip balm, 04 Sweet rose

They are all very neutral and are perfect for that quick fix when it comes down to dry skin/lips or an unfortunate spot.

iPhone 7 Plus

Finally, I mustn’t forget my iPhone. Upgrading to the plus at the end of last year as one of the best business decisions I have ever made as I may as well be keeping a mini laptop in my pocket – It is the perfect size to do business.

This year I have many upgrades to my software meaning I’ve been able to do pretty much most work-related tasks from my iPhone. The only reason I brought my laptop was so I could access my payroll software but hopefully by the time my next holiday comes around that will be up on that clever cloud too. (Although thinking about it, on my next holiday I’d like to have a staff member sat at home taking charge so I can fully relax)!!

Watch out for my next blog where I’ll be talking you through my essential iPhone apps for business!