Packing for holidays is tough. It’s one of the jobs that I cannot bear to do. So much thought has to go in working out a capsule wardrobe with items that can mixed with other pieces and also keeping in mind the weight of my suitcase. I usually can never decide on shoes and end up taking several, but realising that I only wear a pair of sandals, flip flops, wedges and converse. You would think after a decade of being cabin crew that I would have it down to a fine art, but still, I cannot pack light to save my life. I have been challenged by Holiday Gems to see how far £50 will get me to purchase all of my holiday essentials. As you can imagine, I managed it and some what went over budget when I spotted a bag that I couldn’t live without. For me, the items in this post are definite essentials and I would love to see what you think is an essential.
First of all, I could not go on holiday without my new best friend. Everyone, please meet Dave. Dave, the cheeky faced unicorn pool float has been shared over my social media so much since I found him for £10 in Primark. I couldn’t resist blowing him up and he has been a new decoration in my living room. He’s come in quite handy actually as he is big enough for my friends kids to sit on when they come round as well as being the perfect addition to any summer holiday. If you look all over Instagram, you haven’t made it until you’ve had a photo taken of you in a pool, sat on a unicorn. Dave, I love you.
Shopping for holiday essentials was actually surprisingly easy, as I do love to shop, but I do also have a lot of products ready to go at a moments notice. I did use this challenge to think wisely about which items I needed to stock up on and I’ve actually nailed it in terms of having a full toiletry bag. I found this really handy travel kit by Cocoa Brown for just £6.95 at Cloud 10 Beauty, and within it it holds a travel sized shampoo and conditioner, shower gel and fake tan wipes. I have a thing with being tanned, so I do take a helping hand with me where I can. The Rimmel Sun Shimmer Instant Tan in Medium Matte is ideal for giving an extra boost to a fledgling tan and makes skin look flawless.
For my hair, I have two products which I cannot live without when it comes to holidays. The first, Lee Stafford Dry Shampoo which helps me so much and saves me from having to wash my hair each day, without leaving it feeling full of product. It also gives some much needed volume to my fine, flat hair. The second product from Lee Stafford is the Anti Humidity Spray. Coined as a liquid umbrella, it is the perfect holiday essential to battle the humidity and keep my hair from looking frizzy and feeling smooth. The two products cost £9.98 from Boots.
Bagging myself a little freebie from John Lewis, this mini Clinique Take the Day Off Balm will last an entire holiday and you can see just how much I love it in my previous review. Of course, toothpaste is an essential and I’ve chosen the Arm and Hammer Truly Radiant toothpaste, £1.50, because white teeth and a tan looks great together. I also couldn’t help picking up a new body butter from The Body Shop. The Almond Milk and Honey Body Butter, £6 will be just the thing for keeping sun parched skin hydrated and moisturised.
So, I managed to get the items I needed for a grand total of £41 and with £9 to spare, I thought I was a real savvy shopper. Until I saw the cutest bag in the entire world. Realistically, I would have blown the budget on clothes and then hunted around for ‘essentials’ so I think I’ve done well enough to deserve a treat. From Joanie Clothing, the Amie Embroidered Woven Bag with its adorable Petit Pois slogan across the front simply leapt into my heart and I couldn’t leave it. It’s a fabulous size for the beach as well as being a great size for day to day. I do like to carry lots of stuff round so I’m a happy bunny.
To grab all I needed for my essentials for just over £40 without penny pinching really does go to show that it can be done on a budget. Obviously, clothes and shoes and Petit Pois bags are added extras, just like the cute drinks holder that I’ve also stashed into my case, but it has made me kind of realise that if I was to scale it back, there would be a lot more money left over for spending on more holidays. Or at the airport on tax free makeup and perfume.
*Thanks Holiday Gems for this great Collaboration.