Heading off on a last-minute summer holiday? Below is a list of essentials that are easy to forget, but crucial for an easy going trip!
Sun-cream: This is a must-have if you want to avoid ageing skin and skin cancer. It’s a no-brainer that if it’s sunny, you need sun-cream. However, you also need it when it’s cloudy! Up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can pass through the clouds. If you’re like me and have sensitive skin, be sure to pack an oil-free sun-cream for your face. Also, the less chemicals and preservatives, the better (avoid ingredients with “paraben” in them).
Moisturiser: Hot weather, cold weather, aeroplanes, air conditioning, alcohol. What do all of these have in common? Dry skin. Travelling can take a toll on your skin, and you need to take care of it! Give your skin some TLC throughout your trip by properly moisturising. This includes your lips! For on-the-go options, keep a facial spray in your purse. Also, an easy remedy is to drink more water than usual. Remember, dehydrated skin will expose more wrinkles…even the little ones.
Sandals: Whether you’re packing heels or boots, you cannot forget your sandals! You never know what may cause discomfort – shoes that are too new (#girlproblems), unexpected gross hotel room floors, or maybe you just decide to be comfortable on the last day of your trip! Do yourself a favour and be prepared. If you don’t think flat sandals can be cute, think again.
Light Jacket: “I’m going to the desert, why do I need a jacket?” I can’t count the number of times I’ve regretted not packing a jacket. High temperatures mean air conditioning on blast in hotels and restaurants. Keep a light cardigan handy just in case you start to shiver!
First Aid Supplies: A few first aid materials will be a huge convenience for whatever situation you may come across. Build your own mini-kit with the following: several plasters, healing & antibiotic creams, and bug bite cream. Also, although not necessarily considered as first aid, pack pain killers. You can find small travel-friendly items at a local supermarket. If you’re flying, put these items in your carry-on.
What are your packing essentials? Let us know!