2022 Summer Holiday Essentials

The summer holiday season is fast approaching and it’s, for many of us, the first time we’ve set off internationally since 2019 or before…thanks, COVID.

It’s often hard to remember everything we need for a holiday, which is where I come in.

Of course, it’s going to change depending on the break you’re going for, but if we’re thinking summer, sea, and sand, then you’re in the right place!

1. A Quality Beach Towel

A beach towel is an essential in the summer. Whether you’re enjoying a beach day or lounging by the pool, you’re going to need a towel to dry off.

My favourite is by Dock & Bay. They are a sustainable towel company that claim to be sand repellent and quick drying. The towel also comes in a drawstring bag, so it hardly takes up any room in your suitcase and can be easily transported to the beach.

I went for the Cabana towel in Bora Bora Beige, but they have so many styles and colours to choose from; they even have products specifically tailored for children which makes your beach holiday 10 x easier!

2. Comfy Sandals

Walking around dreamy Greek streets pretending you’re in Mamma Mia is all well and good,but without a trusty pair of shoes, your feet won’t thank you.

My Birkenstocks have served me well for over 5 years and are still going strong. In my opinion, they’re so worth spending a little extra – you’d probably end up spending more over the years on cheaper sandals that don’t last. Trust me, I’ve been there too.

3. A Good Book

Even if you’re not a regular reader, it hits different when you’re on holiday. I don’t read as often as I would like, but there’s something so exciting yet relaxing about the idea of reading by the pool in the sun at 3pm on a Tuesday.

My book of choice for my most recent trip was The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way of Living by Meik Wiking. An odd choice, I know, but since visiting Copenhagen I’ve been so taken by their culture, so it’s a great starting place to learn more about it and how to slowly introduce it into my everyday life. (PS – my next read lined up is Quite by Claudia Winkleman! I’m already excited to read that one.)

Some Important Essentials…

Just to jog your memory, absolutely don’t forget these things before travelling:

Passport (duh)

Cash in the currency of the place you are visiting.

Most places take card, and I use Monzo around the world without getting charged, but some less touristy places may not accept card so it’s better to be safe than sorry. Usually, the Post Office stocks euros so you can get them instantly, but lesser used currencies often need to be ordered in, so double check at least a couple weeks before you go!


Prescriptions aren’t always accepted abroad, so make sure to stock up before your departure.

Plug adaptors.

I actually recommend taking 1 adaptor and then an extension cord, that way you can have at least 4 things plugged in without needing to buy more adaptors.

SPF and cover ups.

We all want to soak up the sun and come back with a beautiful tan, just make sure you’re protecting your skin!

There are so many other things I could recommend, especially since I’m a self-proclaimed over-packer! My best advice would be to keep a notes page on your phone and whenever you think of something you need, quickly write it down – that helps me anyway.

Writing from the sky,

Wish You Were Here X

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