For our northern hemisphere readers, many are enjoying an awesome summer holiday. Guest blogger, Qurratulain Zaheer shares her 10 essential items every girl should have on her packing list.
Booking your dream holiday is one of the best feelings in the world, but it can be overwhelming when you think of everything that you’ll need to pack in your suitcase! Now, before you start thinking about all of the millions of different outfit changes that you’ll need to take with you, here are 10 essentials that you really don’t want to be caught without. Make sure these are packed before anything else, and triple check that you have them all before you leave the house!
1. Tinted moisturiser
Although you are on holiday, you still want to look presentable (especially if you’re hoping for a holiday romance!). Tinted moisturiser has enough coverage to even out your complexion but is still light enough to wear on an everyday basis. It can give your skin a nice sunkissed glow whilst still looking very natural. It also helps to give you that extra boost of confidence for the beach!
You will be surprised at how much mascara can actually do for your face. It opens up your eyes making you look more awake, whilst helping your lashes look lavish and beautiful! Invest in a waterproof mascara, and apply a few coats before leaving the hotel. Curled lashes just add a whole new level of femininity and will make you feel great!
You’re probably bringing one anyway, but let’s talk colours. When choosing a bikini, opt for a neon or light colour as this can really help to accentuate your tan. There are lots of patterns and styles available, so go for one that is the most flattering for your body and work it! Just make sure that it is supportive enough, you don’t want any wardrobe mishaps on the beach!
4. Light scarf
There are many ways to style a light scarf; wrap it around your waist as a sarong, use it as a cover up on the beach or use it as a shawl over your dress in the evening. These are very versatile; in fact you can also wear it around your neck on the plane when it gets a bit more chilly. Scarves are multi-functional so you’ll be grateful that you bought one along!
These will act as a form of protection for your eyes as well as making you look stylish. Oversized sunglasses are the best option; they add a touch of glamour. You don’t want to spend the whole holiday squinting, imagine all of the wrinkles you’ll get!
You know those large floppy hats that you really love but feel that you can’t pull off? A holiday is the perfect time to wear one! It will not only protect your face from the sun and decrease the chances of sunburn and sunstroke, but it will also look fashionable! Nobody will look twice at you because they’ll be wearing one too! Holidays are the best time to experiment as you’ll never see most of the people again!
You never know when you’re going to be struck down with a headache *especially with all the cocktails*, so these are absolutely necessary. You’re often so busy on holiday that you forget to drink water, and spending all that time in the sun can dehydrate your body. This always leads to headaches so ensure that you have a bottle of water and painkillers with you just in case. If you don’t need them, one of your friends certainly will.
It is human nature to have accidents, and plasters always come in handy, whether you’re using them for cuts from your new sandals or from hurting yourself on the beach. A good way of using plasters is to stick one on the back of your shoe where it rubs against your skin to prevent blistering. Top Tip: Go for clear, waterproof plasters which are discreet and last longer.
I don’t think I need to stress the importance of sunscreen. Take it with you because one of your friends is likely to have forgotten theirs. Apply it as much as possible, and buy the highest factor that you can find. Don’t rely on your moisturiser because if you plan on sunbathing, you want your skin to be protected.
This is always necessary. Some people sit in the sun and get a beautiful tan; others come out looking like a crisp lobster. The best thing to use is Aloe Vera which you can buy in the form of a gel. It is soothing and helps to calm down the skin. This is also useful just to have around the house; it can calm down your skin after waxing or threading.
Make sure you have a pretty tote bag to take with you to the beach and you are all set! Good luck!
This article was written by Qurratulain Zaheer, an avid online shopper and lover of all things fashion related. She recommends ChicksRule for their great holiday essentials!