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My Essential Holiday Items

Packing for a holiday can be a really stressful time – it’s hard to know what to take and what to leave at home, especially if you’re only going away for a short break as you really do need to make sure you pack the essentials rather than lots of things you think you “may need” for your break.

Here are my holiday essentials, I hope you find them helpful when packing for your own getaway.

  • Travel Documents and Currency – This is one of the most important things to consider before even booking your holiday make sure passport is still to date, that you have adequate travel and health insurance ( no one wants to get stuck abroad with a medical bill/repatriation costs that they can’t pay for) and that you have the correct currency to spend once you arrive at your destination.
  • Clothes – This is obviously a no-brainer but seriously you don’t need to take lots and lots of clothes away with you. Check the weather before you leave to see what things you are likely to need. If you’re going to a cold destination then you will need a few outfits that will keep you warm. If you’re going on a beach getaway only take 1 or 2 changes of swimwear – they can be rinsed out and dry out really quickly. Try to pack items that can be worn for more than one occasion / changed slightly to look like a different outfit.
  • Toiletries and Haircare – A travel bag is always handy to keep everything you need for a wash whilst away. I adore the Campervan Toiletry Bag* from Baylis and Harding. It has everything you need for a week away – 100ml Strawberry Shower Creme, 100ml Pink Grapefruit Shower Creme, 50ml Mango Body Butter and 50ml Coconut Body Lotion and has lots more room inside to add your shampoo, toothbrush and toothpaste. Always pack one or two extra hair bobbles and a handful of hairgrips – you never know when you might want / need to tie your hair back. 
  • Don’t forget your suncream – no one likes to be burnt the first day of their holidays – Ladival Sun Protection* is the latest revolution in sun care and the first mainstream sun cream brand to protect against harmful Infrared-A rays, as well as both UVA and UVB.  Did you know that Infrared-A makes up a third of the sun’s damaging rays as it is the most deeply penetrating and causes both short and long-term skin damage.  Ladival is scientifically proven to protect against the broadest spectrum of the sun’s rays and offers protection against four times more of the sun’s rays than standard UVA and UVB sunscreens. Ladival has a wide range of creams, including lotions and sprays at SPF’s 15, 30 and 50, as well as a kids range so there’s no excuse for anyone to not be protected against those harmful rays.
  • Towels and bedding – see if these are included in your holiday – they usually are if you’re staying in a hotel or holiday complex, but if not see if you can pay the extra to have them included that way you have more room in your case and only need to take a towel for when you hit the beach.
  • A travel plug adapter – charging your phone / using any electrical items from home is a big no can do unless you have an adapter – these are very cheap to buy here in the UK so it’s always worth having one or two in your case.
  • Kindle – I love to read and when I’m away I get the chance to read more than I usually would. I love my Kindle and always have it with me when I’m away it’s lightweight and takes up little room in my handbag. It has 100’s of books downloaded ready to read and if I really want I can download new books whenever or wherever I am so there’s no reason to get upset when I finish my latest novel and need something to take its place.
  • Wireless Earphones*- there’s nothing better than relaxing by the pool / on the beach with your book and listening to your favourite tunes and when you’re trying to top up your tan you don’t want tan lines from wires. These earphones are compatible with most smartphones and tablets as long as they have a Bluetooth connection. You can keep your valuable phone or tablet in your bag (so hidden out of the way) as they have a range of up to 10m. They have a great battery life of up to 7 hours too. If someone rings you whilst you’re away you can answer your call handsfree. When you’re done simply place the ends of the earphones together and the Honeywell Switch sensor will automatically end your call. 
  • Snacks – you know for on your way to the airport or if you’re vacationing in the UK for the journey. I love a mixture of boiled sweets and a bar of chocolate to keep me going on my journey. I am a huge fan of Cadbury Dairy Milk and love their new Medley bars – they have two new varieties available at the moment – Caramel Fudge* and Raspberry Medley*. Either would make the perfect travel companion. 
  • A bag – we all need somewhere to put the already mentioned kindle, hotel room key, money, mobile phone, tissues, sun cream and antibacterial handwash* (from Baylis and Harding) – a very important holiday essential especially when there are no facilities to wash your hands before dinner / when out and about. 

*products marked with * have been sent in exchange for being featured*

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