Nadia Dublin airport holiday wardrobe

I’ve just returned from the longest holiday I’ve had in years and it struck me there were a few things I carried with me every single day that I would’ve been lost without. So I’ve created this short holiday essentials list with some bits I really recommend you consider for your summer holiday this year.

This quick holiday essentials list form the basis of things I won’t be leaving home without again, after relying on them every single day on holidays.

First up SPF, I collaborated with P20 recently and have since been fully converted to their continuous sprays. I mainly use factor 30, but they come in 20 and 50 too. Make sure you allow to dry fully before dressing (15-20 mins) and you’ll be protected all day. If I was going to a waterpark or doing any strenuous physical activity or towel drying, I’d probably still reapply. Safety first! Nadia El Ferdaoussi poolside P20 SPF holiday essentialsNadia El Ferdaoussi poolside P20 SPF holiday essentialsSwimwear: Wolf & Whistle

I’ve spoken about packing cubes plenty of times, but I really do swear by them. For someone like me who isn’t very organised, they bring a bit of order to what would otherwise be a chaotic case. Separating clothes and accessories into packing cubes helps you find what you’re looking for much easier, so they’re a massive timesaver.

I’ve somehow collected about five of these insulated water bottles now, but they’re just SO bloody handy. My number one tip for feeling good while travelling is staying hydrated, so having cold water at your fingertips can literally be a lifesaver. Of course they’re an absolute winner when it comes to keeping rosé cool for the beach too, or bringing hot tea on a cold seaside walk.

I’ve really got back into sarongs lately, they’re a must have on my holiday essentials list these days. Anything multi purpose is ideal when travelling, so something I can use as a skirt/top/dress/blanket/beach towel and yet still fold up into hardly anything is a real winner. I love this printed sarong from Debenhams.

Never without music on holiday, the UE Roll bluetooth speaker has travelled the world with me. It’s so easy to pack because it’s almost flat, but has amazing sound quality and it’s water resistant too. It comes with an inflatable floaty to use in the pool and the handy elasticated strap is perfect for hanging in the shower or from a palm tree at the beach!UE Roll hanging from tree on beach in Southern Sri Lanka

When it comes to talking about what to take on holiday for a week, I have to mention Maybelline’s Brow Tattoo. I hate having to spend time getting ready when I’m away, so this product has become one of my holiday essentials. Just paint on one thick, or two thin layers, then leave for at least 20 mins (or overnight like me). When you peel it away, you’re eyebrows are perfect for days!

I usually wear a higher SPF on my face, at least 30 and sometimes 50 depending where I am and what I’m doing. I quite like a product that’s specifically formulated for the skin on your face too and I’ve been wearing the Lancaster ‘Sun Sensitive’ Comforting Face Cream for years. It doesn’t clog my pores or leave me feeling or looking greasy.

While polarised sunglasses are more expensive, they’re definitely worth it. It’s no secret I’m a Ray Ban fan and my current favourite are these round gold ones with polarised lenses. They help protect your eyes from glare from the sun on the sea or while driving, so they’re definitely one of my holiday essentials.Nadia El Ferdaoussi holiday essentials polarised Ray Ban sunglasses

A new addition to the list are these Birkenstock Arizona Eva sandals in khaki. I bought mine in Tenerife and ended up wearing them every day, but you can pick up a pair on Asos. They’re incredibly light and comfy, plus they’re waterproof. Winner!

Download my printable holiday checklist to make sure you don’t forget anything on your next summer holiday or weekend away!


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