Whenever I think about going on holiday be it abroad or in the UK one of the things which fills me with joy is going shopping for new clothes and things to take with me, but all of these things can really add up especially when you’re looking at things like technology like adapters and chargers, and clothing which you wouldn’t own living in the not so tropical UK.
Holiday Gems contacted me and challenged me to purchase as many of my holiday essentials as possible for £50, now this amount might seem like quite a lot of money but how far does it stretch when it comes to buying for your holiday? Here’s what I picked up which are absolute essentials for any trip away.
The first thing I did was buy a pair of sandals because I don’t tend to wear anything open in the UK but when the wonderful weather started to kick in last week I felt I was in need one one. This tan pair from House of Fraser only cost £15 and they’re so comfortable I know I could walk around in the heat with them for quite a while. Next to make it onto my essentials list was a pair of sunglasses from New Look because you can not go anywhere without a pair of sunglasses otherwise you will spend your whole trip squinting. This pair are pretty plain but at £8 they’ll do a great job and at the moment they’re a permanent addition to my handbag.
While I was in New Look I picked up this stunning chiffon hemmed skirt for just £12 which is the perfect item for the summer evenings. It can be quite easy to pick up your daytime essentials like vest tops, cotton shorts and kaftan beach coverups in places like Primark but I find decent evening clothing to be harder to come by. This skirt is light and flowy so it won’t get too hot in the summer.
Next stop was Boots for the toiletry essentials which you couldn’t be without, there’s almost always three for two offer’s on the minis which can be great when you’re heading away for a few days and don’t want to lug large bottles, or you’re travelling as hand luggage only so are limited on liquid space. I picked up toothpaste, deodorant, and shampoo which are the essentials everyone will need for a trip away. Next up it was a mini Garnier Micellar Water, as even though I don’t wear much makeup when it’s warm and I’m away this will pick up whatever I do wear alongside cleansing my skin. These small essentials came in at just over £3, what a bargain!
While I was in Boots I had to pick up the ultimate holiday essentials some sun tan cream for the heat and some Aloe Vera after sun gel for the inevitable burn that I get at some point. These are two of the most important things to take away as protecting your skin is so important, and if you are unfortunate like me to get burnt then after sun gel will be your best friend to ease the redness and any discomfort. These two only cost £7.50 which is a small price for such an important pair.
The final thing I picked up was a magazine from my local WHSmith as when you’re hanging around the airport or sitting in your transfer something to read is so important. I would always have a paperback book (or 3) on hand for a holiday as well as they’re perfect for on the plane, lounging on the beach and before you drift off to sleep.
What are your holiday essentials?
*Holiday Gems provided me with a Love2Shop voucher but all thoughts and opinions are my own