My Holiday Essentials

The other day someone asked me what my ‘Top 5 Holiday essentials’ were. I reeled off six things which I thought were pretty essential – because the first life lesson is not to stick to unnecessary rules, right? So without further ado…

SUNGLASSES
Sunglasses are obviously a must for any sunny holiday destination and obviously UV ones are a great protection and barrier against the sun. These ones pictured here are just from Primark – I can never bring myself to spend lots of money on sunglasses because a) we don’t usually get a long summer in the UK and b) I have stepped or sat on numerous old sunglasses that I wouldn’t want to risk it!
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A BOOK
Books come in handy whether you’re on a long journey or chilling by a pool or the beach. I would never go on a prolonged journey without one! This summer I’ve raided my mum’s book shelf and am taking these three books on holiday –
1) A Tiny Bit Marvellous by Dawn French *
2) An Invisible Sign of My Own by Aimee Bender
3) Instructions for a Heatwave by Maggie O’Farrell
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A CAMERA
I’ve previously touched on my opinion with taking photos all the time, and the fact that I believe the memories in your head are the most important things. However, of course a camera is an obvious essential to occasionally capture beautiful views or interesting landmarks and it’s a great way to show friends and family your adventures! This is my instant camera which I’ll be taking and it’s so lovely to have a hardcopy of your photos rather than looking at them on a screen.
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HEADPHONES + MUSIC
A holiday wouldn’t be a holiday without some music to block out noisy crowds, bustling beaches or annoying siblings (I’m sorry Huxley, you’re not really that annoying!).
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LIP BALM
This sounds like such a random thing to put in your holiday essentials but if I could have no other beauty/make-up products I would be fine as long as I had a lip balm. It’s also handy to get one with an SPF to protect your lips from the harsh rays! I use all the ones pictured below but recently I’ve been particularly loving my Clinque Chubby Stick which adds a tiny bit of colour and a lot of smoothness!
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SUNSCREEN
Lastly of course is sunscreen. Protecting your skin is EXTREMELY important as long exposure to sun and burnt skin could lead to serious health problems and increase the effects of ageing on your youthful skin! Pictured here is a factor thirty sunscreen although I would normally use and recommend a factor 40/50.
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Those are my six holiday essentials… do you agree with my choices? I’d be interested to know your own views on what your top six would be!

*my mum wanted me to note that she in no way recommends the Dawn French book – in fact she thought it was that bad she didn’t even finish it! I’m still going to give it a go…hopefully I’ll find it more of an enjoyable read than she did.

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