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Summer Holiday Essentials

It’s hard to believe we’re almost halfway through the year, but that can only mean one thing. For those of us planning on jetting off on holiday this summer, it’s time to start planning what you’re wanting to take, and plan the purchases you may need to make for your summer holiday essentials. Holidays don’t necessarily mean heading abroad either as stay-cation trips can be just as fun, but there’s still some things I’d recommend considering if you are planning a holiday.

Summer Holiday Essentials

Travel Health and Beauty

Sun protection might sound like such a given when jetting somewhere hot but I know myself it’s something I’ve occasionally forgotten and had to make a mad dash at the airport or in the resort to get my hands on some. I know some people don’t like to pack their sun protection in their case as it tends to be heavy, and a spillage risk.

You can order your summer holiday essentials from Boots online in the days running upto your trip, to then collect in your chosen airport. This means you don’t have to worry about trying to fit your liquids within the clear plastic bag, and you can take your collection goodies with you on the plane.

If you don’t know the rules, the TSA have guidelines when travelling with liquids within your hand luggage. If you have for example a 200ml bottle of after sun, it’s OK to pack that in your suitcase as it’s going in the hold but there’s much tighter regulations with what you can carry on-board in your hand luggage for security reasons (anything over 100ml must go inside your checked luggage).

The ‘bag’ has to be completely clear, and you can actually buy TSA approved bags should you want to. Other travel beauty essentials to consider include the following, but you can find printable guides on Pinterest too;

  • Sun protection
  • After sun
  • First aid kit (incl. Pain relief, sickness tablets, upset stomach relief, plasters, contraception, bite cream, sanitary protection etc)
  • Shampoo / Conditioner / Shower Gel
  • Skincare Essentials – Cleanser / Toner / Moisturiser / Facial SPF / Lip Balm / Face Mask / Exfoliator / Serum / Makeup Remover / Eye Cream / Night Cream
  • Deodorant / Razor / Shaving Gel
  • Hairdryer / Straighteners / Curling Wand
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Hair styling products – Hairspray / Heat Protection / Gel / Wax / Leave in Conditioner / Dry Shampoo / Hair Ties, Brush and Bands / Mousse / Hair Oil
  • Makeup

Extra Touches

If you’re going on holiday, and you want to make the trip a little more special and memorable, there’s a few things you could do. For example, you could pay to access the executive suite at the airport, you could upgrade your flight, or consider utilising something like the allowing you to travel in style.

Summer holiday essentials


If you are heading abroad, I’d always recommend taking your debit/credit card with you as well as some local currency so if you were to lose one, you wouldn’t be stranded without any money.

Some banks offer accounts with free international withdrawals so you don’t have to worry about incurring any fees but the majority of banks will charge a percentage of commission on the amount of money you withdraw, as well as service charge so it can soon mount up.

Always check cash machines before using them too, incase the cash machine applies a fee too – it can be super pricey to use your own money abroad, but there are ways to minimise the fees with the right planning.

Check around different money exchange places too, to see who is offering the most competitive rate and some retailers like the Post Office, may even offer cashback when purchasing foreign currency so try to get the best deal where possible.

If you were to have issues abroad with money, there are luckily other things that can help when you really need them. I know myself I’ve been poorly abroad, and the fee to see a doctor was above my anticipated spend for the whole holiday so quick loans would have been a godsend rather than the worry I had of being able to see a doctor, and affording the fee for the appointment and prescription.

Summer Holiday Essentials

Extra Things to Consider

There are so many things to think about when trying to decide what you need to pack, and there are a lot of helpful guides online like this one, but some things I recommend considering and are sometimes forgotten about;

  • Phone charger
  • Travel adaptor
  • Laundry bag
  • Camera + batteries
  • Books
  • EHIC
  • Anti-bacterial hand gel
  • Perfume
  • Guidebook
  • Phrasebook

I really hope you find this list of summer holiday essentials helpful 🙂

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