The ultimate holiday essentials packing checklist

The ultimate holiday essentials packing checklist

Tuesday 20 August 2019

Do you suffer from packing dread? You’re not alone.

Let us set the scene: you’ve turned your out-of-office on, dropped Mittens at the cattery, booked an Uber to the airport for an ungodly hour and now all you want to do is grab your passport and go. We get it. The last thing you fancy doing is tallying your bikinis, trying to weigh up whether or not mascara is classed as a liquid (hint: it is) and locating that travel adapter you haven’t used since Lady Gaga collaborated with Beyoncé.


With our help, though, you can complete your mission. Pack like a pro using this list and, before you know it, you’ll be #livingyourbestlife on the beach, partying in the moonlight or blissfully starfishing on perfectly-made hotel bed (without that nagging feeling you’ve forgotten any essential holiday items).


Beauty bag must-haves

You might not plan on applying a full face of make-up every day while you’re away – but it’s nice to have the option, right? Find out which beauty products should be a staple in your cosmetics bag this sunny season and enjoy a pre-holiday pamper trip to ensure you feel like the kween you are.

Bronzed beauty

Glow from the get-go with a bronzer highlighter. Available at Beauty Bazaar, Harvey Nichols, you’ll fall in love with the Huda Beauty 3D Highlighter Palette in the shade Bronze Sands. A light sweep over the cheekbones and temples is enough to add depth, warmth and a whole lot of gorgeousness to your holiday beauty look.

woman holding huda make up palette

Ready, set, glow

Don’t let soaring temperatures ruin a good make-up day while you’re away. The game-changing Continuous Setting Spray from Morphe is a lightweight mist that has been designed to help keep your make-up perfectly in place, while also leaving your skin feeling fresh, glowing and subtly hydrated.

a shelf in morphe featuring their continuous setting spray

Nailed it

Before you jet off, book an appointment at the O.P.I. Nail Bar at John Lewis & Partners. There’s pretty much nothing better than starting your holiday with a freshly manicured set of nails that have been shaped, buffed and polished to absolute perfection, so take a little me time to pamper yourself ahead of your trip.

the sign to john lewis's O.P.I. nail bar

Toiletries? Check!

When it comes to deciding which toiletries to take on holiday, there are a few essentials you shouldn’t board the plane without. To suss out which products you’ll want to pack in your case and where you can pick them up, keep reading.


Sunkissed skin

Plan on lounging poolside or bronzing at the beach? Achieve sun-kissed skin safely with a suitable sunscreen. Clinique at Debenhams offer a variety of water and sweat-resistant face and body creams containing a high SPF and solar smart technology, which provides a protective barrier for your skin against the harmful effects of UVA and UVB.


Faux your glow

Feel totally glamorous from head to toe as soon as you step off the plane with a little self-tan. At Superdrug, you can choose from tanning lotions and mousses from popular brands such as St Tropez, Bondi Sands and The Fox Tan. You can even keep topping up your tan while you’re away. Just don’t forget your tanning mitt.


Bugs be gone

Say so-long to itchy, unsightly and downright annoying bug bites with Jungle Formula. Available at Superdrug in a pump spray and roll-on form, these specially formulated products provide you with a quick, easy and effective way to protect your skin from becoming a three course meal for mosquitoes, midges and other biting insects.


Accessorise your holiday look

You might think you have your entire holiday wardrobe packed and ready to go – but what about those all-important accessories? Here are a few important additions you’re definitely going to want to add to your summer holiday packing list.

Swimwear ready

Swimwear is likely to be at the top of your list of things to pack for holiday – but it’s time to seriously up your game. The good news is, there are a whole load of different swimsuit styles to choose from, from super-flattering high-waisted bikinis to silhouette-enhancing one-pieces. GUESS, Zara and Victoria’s Secret are your best bet if you want to turn heads at the pool this summer.

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Grab your sunnies

Super-stylish sunglasses are the ultimate holiday accessory, so treat yourself to a new pair before you head to sunnier climes. This year, circular-shaped frames are the talk of the town, as are designs with horizontal brow bars. You can find your perfect pair of sunnies at stores such as Accessorize, New Look and Arket.


Say it with jewellery

A couple of pretty pieces of jewellery can help take your holiday look up a level, whether you go for a statement necklace, a dainty ankle bracelet or a pair of bold earrings. Topshop has the latest in fashion jewellery, while & Other Stories is the perfect stop if you’re looking for something a little more quirky.

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The extras

 These essentials might not exactly be the most fun to think about, but they play an important part in enabling you to have a fuss-free trip from start to finish. Check out the list below to ensure you’re not caught out while you’re away.


Suitcase style

Pack in style with the perfect suitcase. From compact cabin sized bags to spacious holdalls, John Lewis & Partners stocks a range of high quality cases from top designers including Ted Baker, Antler and Horizon Studios. You’ll be the envy of the luggage carousel, fact.


Count your currency

Avoid being left out of pocket during your time away and head to Eurochange on Wall Street for all of your currency needs. Regardless of which country you’re visiting this summer, you’ll be able to choose from a full range of foreign currencies at great value exchange rates. Cocktails on you, yeah?

Get covered

 Without sounding like a complete bore, you’re probably going to want to make sure you have a travel insurance policy in place before you travel. Dealing with a delayed flight or losing your mind over lost luggage is no one’s idea of holiday fun, so head to The Post Office inside WH Smith on South John Street to get yourself covered, just in case the worst should happen.


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