Summer Holiday + Staycation Essentials

Friday, June 26, 2015
Photos taken in Florence, Ajaccio and Vatican City 2013
Summer is here and some of you will be going on holiday soon, I won't be going abroad this year *cries* but I wanted to share my summer holiday essentials for holidays in the sun or a staycation! This is a sponsored post. 

My first holiday essential is a decent camera. You can pick up some fantastic cameras at really reasonable price points. I always take so many photos on holiday so having my bridge camera is essential as it’s sturdy and really high quality especially for the price. Bridge cameras are a fantastic option, not just for holidays, as they can in some cases perform as well as a DSLR camera but they aren’t as cumbersome, bulky or as complicated to use. I also always pack an SD card with a large capacity as I don’t want to run out of space! 

My second holiday essential has to be sunglasses, I have only recently started wearing sunglasses as I used to hate them. However, I won a pair from Marc Jacobs (via The Sunglasses Shop) and I’m in love - see photos above. They are so handy and I think they can easily make an outfit. I always keep mine in their original case in my bag so they stay protected and I am less likely to lose them. 

My third essential is an all year product for me which are facial sprays. I love my Caudalie Beauty Elixir, Avene Thermale Spray and more recently my Jurlique Balancing Mist. I use them every time I wear makeup to either give a boost of hydration before foundation or to take away a powdery finish. They are so useful on holiday for sunburn or to just cool down; they are also great for refreshing makeup in the temperamental English summer. 

My final summer holiday essential is my iPad. Ok, maybe it’s not an essential but I have my Kindle app which is great for reading on the plane/train. I also have Notes so I can write down my experiences. I found my iPad really useful over the past couple of years on holiday abroad for photos when I didn't want to get my camera out. Also you never know where you will find a wifi hotspot and be able to connect - ship ports and trains often have wifi, in my experience. 

Another couple of basic holiday essentials that I always keep in my handbag (or going away for a few days in the UK) include: lip balm, hand sanitiser, mini perfume, hay fever tablets/ibuprofen, umbrella and my camera obviously! Oh also hair ties as I hate having my hair down in the heat/sun or when it's windy and drizzly in the UK as it always is. 

What are your summer holiday or staycation essentials? Do you have any packing or travelling tips?

27 comments

  1. LOVELY PHOTOS
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  2. Ohh loved this list!! I'm going on holiday this year for the first time in years ha,ha! So pretty stuck on what to take as you could imagine! :) Face spray and glasses is definitely top of my list and I never travel without my camera <3

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    1. I hope you have a great holiday! Thanks x

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  3. Love this post hun, if the weather's nice, you can't beat a good staycation! :)

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
    xx

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  4. Great summary of essentials! Totally agree about a facial spray, they're so refreshing when you're hot & sweaty!
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    x

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    1. They are fantastic and multi-use too x

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  5. Fabulous photographs, I agree a good camera is a really good investment.

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    1. It is, I've always invested in my cameras x

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  6. Those photos look lovely! I could never go on holiday without a camera. I love capturing the memories :)

    Sarah | sarahanne14.blogspot.com

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  7. I should get myself a facial spray haha. It sounds refreshing.

    xx Izzy | Qthee

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    1. They are fantastic, especially for holidays x

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  8. Fantastic article. I have just polished off a post on a packing list for a sailing vacation (which is my summer vacation, over too soon!). We have lots of similar items on, of course. Check it out:
    http://the-other-f-word.com/how-to-pack-for-a-sailing-trip/

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  9. Lovely post! Really enjoyed the read :-)

    www.makemeupmarie.com x

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  10. Agree with all your essentials because they are mostly the same as mine! hahah
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    Laura xx

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    1. I never go anywhere without my summer essentials x

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  11. Nice photos.

    the-renaissance-of-inner-fashion.blogspot.co.uk

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