What to pack for your next beach holiday
Planning to escape this cold, grey island for some sun? Here’s what to take with you
image The White Lotus, 2021, HBO
words Sophie Lou Wilson
As our hopes for a sunny British summer melt away like all the ice creams we haven’t been eating, the only saviour is the possibility of a beach holiday in warmer climes. If you’re lucky enough to have one lined up, or you’re thinking of booking one last minute – go on, there’s still time! – you might be wondering what to pack. It feels like so long since we last had some proper sunny, warm weather that it’s easy to forget what we actually wear and do when the temperature creeps above 20 degrees.
But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Whether you’re heading to a buzzing all-inclusive hotel or a secluded coastal villa, here’s everything to pack for the beach holiday of your dreams. From luxurious designer tote bags and stylish shades to skincare and SPF, with our help, your bags will be packed in no time. Here comes the sun! (Finally!)
Hide from your responsibilities in Prada’s flame wrap sunglasses. Don’t make the mistake of forgetting to pack some shades for a beach break. With this vintage pair, you can look and feel unbothered and in your lane.
We don’t need to tell you how important it is to wear SPF, but just in case we do, let us tell you again: wear SPF. Sunburn can ruin a relaxing break so keep your skin protected with Saltee’s sun essentials. The set comes with an SPF lotion for the daytime and a soothing aftersun tan enhancer to put on when the warm evening rolls around.
Go straight from the airport to the beach with this glam Gucci tote. It’s perfect for carrying your belongings down to the pool and big enough to fit loads of impulsively purchased souvenirs. This luxury investment that will make you feel like the main character, wherever you go.
No hold luggage? No problem! UpCircle’s travel-sized beauty bundle has all your skincare needs in under 100ml so you can pack them in your carry-on bag. From their organic face serum with coffee and rosehip oil to their lemongrass and kiwi water body wash, this kit has everything you need for a self-care session so you can truly relax while you’re away.
the ultimate evening bag
It’s not a want. It’s a need. This lime green Fendi bag will light up your evening looks to make you the envy of everyone else at the hotel buffet. Plus, it’s the perfect size for sneaking out with a bread roll tucked inside.
When you’re on holiday, you want everything to feel easy. No messing about with laces or buckles. Instead, try Varley’s quilted slides. Soft and effortless, they’ll become your go-to staple for the summer months.
catch flights, not feelings
These vintage Chanel earrings were made to evoke sun-drenched travels. The silver and blue aeroplanes dangle alongside a pearl from a diamanté double CC monogram. That’s what we call flying first-class style.
slip into summer
When you’re on a beach holiday, the only decisions you have to make are what to wear in the evenings and which cocktail to drink next. We can help you with the first part. This sunset print 100% silk dress is as soft as a summer breeze. Slip it on to set a magical tone for your night.
the everything bag
Bottega Veneta’s oversized burgundy bag fits everything you need for a day trip. So, whether you’re heading out to the mountains or island hopping, fill it with snacks, swimwear and SPF and you’re ready for any adventure.
the beach coverup
A beach coverup can help protect your back and shoulders from the sun, areas that are particularly susceptible to sunburn. Upgrade your beach ‘fits with this pink cotton shirt from Yves Saint Laurent so you can relax in the sun worry-free.
hit the town
This rich cream leather bag from Louis Vuitton is another contender for best evening bag. A glam finish to any look, pack it with your lipgloss, room key and playing cards for post-dinner games at the hotel bar.
A straw hat on the beach is the epitome of chic. This one from Christian Dior will make you look like a rich divorcee. Wear it to sip gin and tonics and gaze wistfully out at the sea thinking about your former lovers.
Summer holiday season is also Leo season, so it’s time to celebrate your fierce big cat energy. This facial oil is formulated to help you channel a calm and grounded alternative state to your fiery nature and bring a glow to your natural complexion. Rawr x.
Can’t afford an Hermes Birkin? Try an Hermes sandal bag charm instead. It’s a good entry point to the brand while you save up. Attach it to your handbag and know that you’re carrying a little bit of luxury with you wherever you go.
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