The top 10 holiday packing essentials, by fashion blogger Gemma Carey

IMG_0267Guest post: UK fashion and beauty blogger Gemma Carey shares her top 10 holiday packing essentials, from hydrating cooling spray to a fabulous floppy hat. You can find more of her beauty and outfit tips at or on Twitter: @gemfash


Passion for Natural Aloe Vera Gel, £7.69
With my sensitive skin, it’s important for me to stick to natural products. For my after-sun care this summer, I’ve chosen aloe vera gel by Passion for Natural. It helps cool and heal sunburnt skin, whilst deeply renewing moisture and hydrating skin. It comes in a very generous tube for a very generous price. What more could you ask for?
PFN Gel £7.69

Melissa Odabash Halterneck One-Piece, £194,

A swimsuit is pretty much the ultimate holiday essential, right? I love Melissa Odabash swimwear – her designs are simple but super flattering. I love this fresh sky tone with a little added detail from the metal hardware.

£194 melissa odabash

Hammamas Bold Watermelon/White Towel, £39,
For those sandy beaches and poolside lounging, you need a towel that is going to keep you dry and comfortable. Hammamas make beautiful, lightweight and quick drying towels made of luxurious Turkish cotton. Plus a little birdy told me Poppy Delevingne is a big fan… no excuses girlies!
Hammamas £39

Ray Ban sunglasses, £170
I can’t live without my Ray Bans in the summer and what’s better is that the aviator shape never dates. Therefore I think it’s great to invest in a classic quality pair of sunglasses. I love the sunkissed combination of a gold frame and brown lens, and they’re the perfect blend against tanned skin.
£170 Ray Ban at Sunglass Hut

DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips, £7.95
All that sun can leave our skin feeling dry and dehydrated. So take a little time during one evening to apply these DHC Revitalizing Moisture Strips under the eyes to really refresh, hydrate and brighten your complexion.

BassBuds in Classic Dark Blue, £39.95
With long flights and hours of sunbathing, it’s the perfect time to indulge in a little music. Do so in style with these fabulous BassBuds headphones. They feature beautiful Swarovski crystals and are admired by celebrities including Rita Ora and Sam Smith.
BassBuds Headphones

Coral Stripe Sun Hat, £20,
I’m loving this gorgeous sun hat from Oliver Bonas – it’s affordable, stylish and glamorous all at the same time! The coral stripe adds a pop of colour which would look amazing matched with your lipstick.
£20 Oliver Bonas

Mauli Himalayan Healing Salts, £25
These luxury healing salts by Mauli are the perfect solution to jet lag. The salts combine exquisite minerals and oils laced with soothing powdered rose quartz crystals to bring a sense of well being, clarity and calm – just what you need after a stressful time of travelling and to prepare you for the relaxation ahead.
Mauli Healing Salts £25

Lindsey Brown Kaftan, £225
I love to team my swimsuit with a glamorous kaftan for that Hollywood poolside vibe. This vibrant yellow style from Lindsey Brown is perfect. The luxurious silk fabric feels comfortable in hot climates and there’s no denying you’ll feel both glamorous and feminine whilst turning heads for all the right reasons.

Hydrasoothe Cooling Spray, £9.33
After all that applying of sun cream and after-sun, we often forget that our scalp is also burning and is in need of some TLC. Salon Science brings us the ultimate scalp relief with their Hydrasoothe Cooling Spray. The moisturising actives refresh and provide instant relief to a tight, dehydrated scalp whilst boosting hair hydration – just apply to damp or dry hair! Easy peasy.
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