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Summer Essentials: What to Pack

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Summer Essentials: What to Pack

Whether you’re going on holiday, or just headed to the park, don’t head out in the sun without these handbag essentials


Drawing up the shopping list for some last-minute holiday essentials? Make sure you’re fully prepared with our edit of carry-on essentials, from the coolest SS18 shades, to beauty best-buys.

Summer 2018: What to Pack

Whether you’re packing for a city break or just a park picnic in your local park, at this time of year you’ll need to make sure your handbag is stocked with a few seasonal essentials. Of course, sunglasses and SPF are always necessary, but be prepared for showers with a chic little pocket umbrella, too.


James Read Coconut Dry Oil

If you’d rather save your skin and get your tan directly from the bottle, stock up on James Read’s Coconut Dry Oil, the absolute best self-tanner for a natural-looking golden glow that will leave skin feeling soft (and smelling great, to boot). Obviously you’ll want a little pre-trip pick-me-up, but if you have room in your luggage for a bottle you’ll be able to touch-down on your return a golden goddess, no matter what weather hand you’ve been dealt.

Tom Ford Anoushka Sunglasses

Oversized cat eye sunglasses will hide all manner of sins, as well as keeping your eyes safe in the sun. These Tom Ford beauties are top of our wish list for summer ’18.


Missoni Supermini printed shell umbrella

Staying in the UK this summer? You’ll be needing one of these. Fend off unexpected showers with a chic little patterned brolly like this Missoni one.

UltraSun Daily Face Fluid SPF50+ Brightening & Anti-Pollution

The newest face product from suncare favourites UltraSun is the perfect choice for city breaks and staycations, as it provides a high-level UV and environmental shield. Active ingredient Pollustop creates a so-called ‘second skin’ to protect about atmospheric, UV and domestic chemicals. Wear daily, whatever the weather.

Skinade The Holiday Edtion, £105,


If you’re jetting off on holiday this summer, make sure your hand luggage is stocked up with Skinade. In the , you’ll find 10 individual 15ml travel sachets alongside 20 150ml bottles, perfect for travelling with. Not only does Skinade help fight dehydration and premature ageing, it helps combat the effects of air conditioning and helps to keep dry, dull skin moisturised, perfect for long-haul flights. Mr Tariq, of Santi Research Lab in London, says: “Skinade improves skin barrier integrity. Taking Skinade during holidays then protects the skin from the elements of travel and sun.”

Smythson Mara Zip Travel Wallet

Whether you’re actually jetting off, or just like to keep your handbag well-organised, this Smythson zip-round travel wallet is the perfect way to keep cards, currency, tickets and passports in order. The orange printed leather is sure to inject some sunshine into your look, whatever the weather.

Bali Body BB Cream

Switch out your usual foundation for a lightweight, hydrating BB Cream that you can pop in your handbag for on-the-go touch-ups. We love this Bali Body formula that has SPF15 protection, gives a medium coverage and melts into skin.

Liberty London Lasenby 140 x 140 Cashmere and Silk-Blend Paisley Scarf, £595

Liberty London Lasenby 140 x 140 Cashmere and Silk-Blend Paisley Scarf

An absolute all-seasons must-have; a wear-with-everything cashmere-blend scarf that’s cool enough for the sun, but warm enough for cloud-cover. You’ll be using it as a cover-up, headscarf, picnic blanket, makeshift-umbrella and travel blanket all summer long. Worth the investment.

For more seasonal inspiration, keep an eye on our daily luxury list.


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