Ready for your summer holidays? Make sure that you’ve packed all of your summer sun essentials before you go.
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Ready for your summer holiday?
I usually like to spend my holidays either travelling to a new city or by the sea. But sometimes you can’t beat a few days of relaxation, lounging by the poolside and sipping on something cold.
Whether you go to stay in a luxury villa with a private pool, or spend your break by the pool in a hotel, it’s a great way to wind down and destress.
I’ve picked out some of the essentials you will need for your summer break by the pool.
Sunscreen and Skincare
This one is a real essential, and should be the first thing you pack for any trip. If you’re going to be spending time by the water, the UV rays will be even more intense than usual. So make sure to put on plenty of sunscreen with the right SPF for your natural skin tone. For example, if you’re fair skinned, you will need a higher SPF than if your skin is naturally olive.
And if like me, you have tattoos, don’t forget to cover them up with a high SPF sunscreen or sunblock, to keep the colours looking bright.
Many of the high street stores have special offers on sunscreen from Spring onwards, so shop around for the best prices.
After sun is also important, as the sun will really dehydrate your skin. I like to use Palmers cocoa butter to keep my skin soft, and an aloe gel is very cooling if you spend a little too long in the sun.
Sunglasses are not just a fashion statement, they’re also really important for the health of your eyes.
Your eyes are very susceptible to damage from UV, so it’s important to protect them. And that’s even true when you’re sitting in the shade poolside, because the UV rays will bounce off the water.
So be sure to check that the sunnies you buy have lenses with UV filter on them. There should be a sticker or tag on them saying if they do.
It might be tempting to buy a cheaper pair of sunglasses, but the health of your eyes is worth the investment.
No, I don’t mean a great cocktail list!
Obviously, it’s lovely to be sipping on a cold cocktail or mocktail as you float around on your pool lilo. But it’s even more important to keep hydrated on a poolside holiday.
Your body will already be getting dehydrated by the hot sun, and alcohol will dehydrate it even more. So give it some help by drinking enough fluid. If you pop a water bottle in your suitcase, it’s easy to make sure that you’re keeping hydrated.
Do check that tap water is safe to drink in your holiday destination. If in doubt, refill your bottle with mineral water.
Chilly’s water bottles are great because they’re reusable and made of stainless steel, so they’re BPA free. They keep cold drinks cold for 24 hours or more, or you can use them to keep hot drinks hot for up to 12 hours.
And with different sizes and a range of fab colours, you’re sure to find the perfect Chilly’s bottle to suit your needs. Click here to check prices and colour availability on Amazon*
But you don’t have to stick to plain water – you can get some great mocktails and soft drinks, or cool down with an ice lolly or some chilled fruit.
And if you’re going abroad for your poolside relaxation, do check if the water is suitable for drinking, and stick to bottled water if you are unsure.
A Good Book
A good book is always a travel essential for me, but even more so if I’m going to be relaxing by the pool for a few days.
I like to take my Kindle* with me, so that I can load it up with plenty of books to choose from. But it’s always fun to pick up a new paperback in the airport as well.
If you’re not already an Amazon Prime member, now’s a great time to sign up. As well as Unlimited free premium shipping for millions of items, unlimited storage space for photos using Amazon Cloud Drive (fab for your holiday photos!), and free streaming of 2 millions songs, as a Prime member, you’ll also benefit from free lending of selected e-books.
If you’re looking for inspiration for your summer holiday reading, click here for some of my Summer book suggestions.
Swimsuit or Bikini
Obviously you need to pack something to wear by the pool. And the decision of whether to opt for a one piece swimming costume or a bikini is entirely up to you.
My thoughts are that you should wear whatever makes you feel happy and comfortable. But do make sure to take something to cover up when the sun is at its highest and UV rays at their most intense.
A summer hat is great for keeping the sun off your eyes and the back of your neck. I love this floppy sunhat that is perfect for keeping you cool, and looks so pretty as well. Click here to check price and availability on Amazon*
And a cover-up like this pretty one from Phase Eight will help to keep the sun off your shoulders when the sun is at its strongest.
It is made from a beautifully soft fabric and features stunning embroidery with a drawstring detail at the neckline and waist. It’s perfect for slipping on to walk down to the pool. Click here to check pricing on John Lewis*
A pool lilo or inflatable is a fun addition to your poolside holiday packing list!
Pool loungers and inflatables are a simple way to add a bit of extra fun to your poolside break.Whether you go for a lounger with a drinks holder, a mattress to let you lie back in the sun, or an inflatable chair, pool lilos are a great way to relax in the pool.
This giant strawberry would be perfect for relaxing on the pool with a cold drink at hand! Click here to check prices on Amazon*
Last year, inflatable flamingos and unicorns were hugely popular and they seemed to be on everyone’s Instagram feed. I can’t wait to to see what the trend is for this summer!