Summer Essentials To Take On Holiday

belle and bunny summer holiday vacation travel list how to pack

Although it feels like somewhere overseas on the UK right now with this EPIC heatwave we think most of you will be heading abroad in the coming weeks to get in some Summer downtime. We’ve been away a couple of times in the past month and thought a helpful post might be to show you guys the essentials that we have been packing in our cases. Whether you are off on a mini break or going further afield these are the bits and bobs we wouldn’t be without this holiday season….including book recommendations, SPF must haves and a couple of style hacks to help make your holiday suitcase go further.

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Espadrilles~ 

If you’ve followed us for a few years you will know that we have been wearing espadrilles for the past 5 or so Summers. We love the practicality of them {even though they are a heel they are comfortable} and how they smarten up an outfit without ever looking too dressed up. We are pretty sure that this is the most versatile shoe you’ll own this season to dress up even your most casual Summer dress, here’s our pick of the best ones to buy RN:

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String & Basket Bags~

You must have been walking around with blinkers on if you haven’t noticed the basket and string bag trends that are in the shops and all over The ‘Gram this season! We have to admit that we are totally and utterly sold! We don’t want to harp on about the practicality of everything we are featuring here but when space in your case is limited, a bag thats going to be as useful as it is stylish and fashionable is what we are after and both of these tick the boxes. Here are some to tempt you:

 

 

belle and bunny summer holiday vacation travel list how to packBooks~

No holiday is complete without a good book or two. It’s the perfect time to relax and get stuck into a gripping novel and if you are like us, it’s the one time you *actually* have spare time to read {and put your phone down!} here are a couple of recommendations of books that we have read recently that we think make great page turners paired with a nice cold glass of wine and those local salty crisps that always taste so much better than at home!

The Almost Wife by Jade Beer

Our must have is The Almost Wife. Don’t judge a book by its cover, this isn’t just a happily ever after story about weddings. This book is a page turner than has you invested in each of the characters as their individual stories unfold, and leaves you wanting more {more of which is coming with a second book at the end of the year!}

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

A heartfelt story about an awkward character who has a dark past but acts of kindness and friendship show her there’s more to life. So easy to read, we couldn’t put this one down and it left us with all the feels.

This Is Going To Hurt: The Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor by Adam Kay

Equally cringey and shocking as it is funny, this book is exactly what it says on the tin. You’ll read all the weird and wonderful stories this junior doctor came across and we defy you not to have a good chuckle or three!

belle and bunny summer holiday vacation travel list how to pack

High SPF Sunscreen~

Don’t get us wrong, like most people we feel so much better with a little Summer tan to show off our S/S wardrobes but one thing we are both quite vigilant about is using a high SPF on our faces. We do this throughout the year but make sure we are wearing a high factor sunscreen on our faces when we are overseas to try and keep that sun damage and those wrinkles at bay!

{pictured sunscreen by Malin & Goetz and Elemis}

 

 

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Statement Earrings~

One major styling hack for looking super chic on holiday is a great pair of big statement earrings. We absolutely love packing a few pairs with us when we travel, we pack a variety of colours and not only are they lightweight to get into your case they are usually fairly affordable so no need to be too precious with them. Go for a big black pair to make an outfit more eveningwear appropriate or add a splash of colour to any outfit with a bright and bold ones. We promise that even your most casual beach dress and flat sandals will all of a sudden look like you are ready for dinner and sundowners if you pop on a great, large pair of earrings!

 

{pictured earrings by Accessorize}

 

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Those are our suitcase must haves for any holiday, we’d love to hear yours!

Alice wears top from New Look, jeans from Rouje, bag from L.K.Bennett, espadrilles from Asos, hat from asos {similar here}, sunglasses by H&M

Hannah wears top by H&M {similar here}, skirt by Levi’s {similar here}, string bag by Urban Outfitters, espadrilles by Dune {similar here}, sunglasses by Accessorize

Photos by Margarita Karenko

 

As always we hope to see you over on our Instagram channel!

 

 

 

 

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