My Holiday Essentials

One thing no one would ever say about me is that I pack light. I spent years living out of a back pack in my younger days, yet need a suitcase for an overnight stay these days! I seem to want to take four pairs of shoes, every make up item I own, fifty seven changes of clothes, you get the picture…

This year we were only going away for a week, (had to cancel due to hubby being in hospital) so I was determined to try to just take two cases between the four of us. Im not sure if its even a remote reality, but it got me thinking about what I actually really need to take, and slim my holiday packing down to just essentials. It is a challenge that I will resume for our next trip, but for now I thought I would just share some holiday must haves.


A couple of years ago, I decided that I was going to buy myself a new pair of sunglasses at the airport each time we go on holiday. I never owned decent sunglasses until then. I always bought cheap ones from various clothes shops. I always decide what pair I have my eye on (pun intended) then buy at the airport. You can still get a little discount through duty free, not loads, but every little helps! Last year I bought the Dior ones, the year before, the Gucci. I take both pairs away with me as I like the Gucci ones for day, (they dont have the nose plasticy bit, that grabs your hair if you put your glasses on your head and pulls it out, I know you feel my pain long haired ladies), and the Dior ones are my early evening ones. This year, I had my eye on a Chanel pair that I tried on in Sunglass Hut. Although Im not going away now, we may head off between christmas and new year all being well, so I have them in my sights still.

Gorgeous Body Lotions

If Im on holiday somewhere really hot, I prefer to take a perfumed body lotion with me as opposed to perfume. My skin can be a bit sensitive, and the heat can make it more so. I like to take a couple of gorgeous perfumed body lotions with me as my evening perfume as I find its a much softer fragrance and lingers all night. If I do want a stronger scent, I spritz a bit of perfume on my clothes rather than my skin. These body lotions tend to be a staple in my summer packing, all leave my skin soft, hydrated and scented.



I bloody love books. They give me life. I have a huge collection of non-fiction books, but always read novels on holiday. I have been known to get through 6 books on a two week holiday! I will always make sure I have plenty of good reading material to hand on my holidays, but always open to any recommendations of novels you have enjoyed. Let me know.

Summer Inspired Make up

Being a make up addict, I get excited by all the new make up launches in the summer. I literally spend 3 hours in John Lewis or Boots, salivating over the new goodies for us to indulge in. Highlighters, shimmering lotions, radiance boosters, Im drawn to them all! Some of the items that I buy for my summer make up look make it to the heady heights of staples in my make up bag, the posts listed below detail some of them if youd like full info.

Pretty, Glowing Summer Skin

Charlotte Tilbury Beauty Glow Palette

My Secret Make Up Weapon In the Summer Months

Sun Hat

I lived in Australia years ago, and they were just adopting their slip, slop, slap philosophy, so it was heavily advertised everywhere. It is drummed into my brain! It meant slip on a cover up, slop on your factor 50, slap on a sunhat. I always, without fail have a sunhat on in strong sun, and never, ever put my face in the sun. Thats why I love summer make up launches so much!

Cover up’s

I think I have an issue when it comes to buying cover ups. I have a gazilion! Years ago, when I was young slim and toned, I would have a differant bikini and matching sarong for every day of my holiday. I was obsessed! Now days, its all about praticality, but I do still like a differant cover up every day. I have a penchant for white, embroidary englais and tassles. Not sure what thats all about, but there you go, thats my thang! I have brought some lately that are colourful, so Im expanding my repotoire people, Im trying.

Lip Balm

Another thing that I cannot live without on holiday is my lip balm. I am a collector of them as I hate the feeling of dry lips, and mine dry out flying, let alone when I get in the sun. I have tons of lip balms, but these ones from Clarins are probably my favourite pool side ones. They are ultra moisturising, have a slight vanilla scent and taste, and leave you with a wash of tinted colour on your lips. Very much recommended.

colours are numbers 10, 11 and 12


In the past, I have always just used my phone on holiday to take my snaps. Since buying my Olympus Pen, I have banged on about my growing love of photography (I think Iv made it clear and we all know that its my destiny to travel the world as a wildlife photographer) I have therefore promoted my trusty Pen to the heady heights oh a holiday essential. I want to get some beautiful pics of my travels. (best let my husband take the pics then hahaha) In all seriousness, I really like the idea of having a photo/memory wall in my office of holiday photos that I have taken. My camera will help me get started!

So thats it. My items that I literally couldnt live without on holiday. Chuck in 57 changes of clothes, 4 pairs of shoes and the rest of the make up I own and the job’s a goodun…………..

What travel essentials can you not go without? Id love to hear about them, plus any book recommendations x




  1. August 12, 2017 / 10:34 am

    Aw I love this, making me wish I was on holiday now! I always take a bum bag with me to carry my purse around in to make me feel a bit more secure carrying cash xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 12, 2017 / 9:10 pm

      Yes good idea! I always struggle with what to do with valuables on the beach

  2. August 14, 2017 / 12:45 am

    I was terrible when I was crew I literally took everything away with me haha even one time me and my housemate had a weeks trip to the Maldives and took our toastie maker, bread, cheese, beans etc with us hahaha!
    Fab tip on the scented body lotion, I’m gonna do that in future, saves lugging perfume around! I always have to take a decent conditioner away with me – even if i’m just going away for the night, I can cope with the hotel shampoos but I have to have a decent conditioner haha…
    Heather xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 14, 2017 / 8:28 am

      Heather that is hilarious! A toastie maker in the Maldives hahahaha. That made me laugh x Yes I agree about conditioner, especially if chlorine swimming pools come into the equation…

  3. August 14, 2017 / 8:38 am

    Haha! I was young and poor lol needed my crew allowances for booze haha priorities!! Actually it was quite a common thing taking food away (think the toastie maker was extreme though!) we’d call it Delsey Dining! Haha… Hope your hubby’s on the mend lovely and you guys get to go away for a well deserved break soon xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 14, 2017 / 8:40 am

      Thank you xxx. Maybe I should take my toastie machine into hospital. The Food is awful hahaha

  4. Culture and Couture (@CoutureCulture_)
    August 16, 2017 / 8:07 am

    Love a summer holiday essentials post! and i desperately want an Olympus Pen, what are your thoughts on it as a camera? I’ve read so many good reviews! xxxxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 16, 2017 / 8:37 am

      Thanks for visiting x. I love it. Im very new to photography, so when I bought it I did a course with Jessops to understand it more, which really helped. I really have a growing love of photography now. I have the EPL 7, but I know the 8 is out now. they are great cameras.

  5. Lise
    August 16, 2017 / 8:25 am

    I think I pretty much have the same essentials as you, minus the camera because mine broke, sadly! x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 16, 2017 / 8:30 am

      Oh no Lise! Id be devastated if mine broke, especially as Im only recently getting into photography. Hope it can be mended x

  6. highstreetbeauty11
    August 16, 2017 / 7:36 am

    These are fab essentials, Kerry. Yes to all of them! I packed light for my British summer holiday this year and it worked out fine xxx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 16, 2017 / 8:41 am

      Thank you! Im really going to give it a go, it s crazy what I take, then bring back unused or unworn!

  7. cjwoodhouse
    August 16, 2017 / 7:44 am

    I’m off on holiday in two weeks, so I will definitely use your list to help me pack! Great post x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 16, 2017 / 8:40 am

      Hi, thanks for stopping by xx. This is the comment where I really pretend that I am not jealous in anyway that you are off on holiday……… x

  8. Whatabbysaysblog
    August 16, 2017 / 8:08 am

    These a definatley essentials! I cant go anywhere without lipbalm otherwise my lips will dry up like the Sahara dessert! Great post x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 16, 2017 / 8:35 am

      Me too Abby! Im a lip balm addict at the best of times, let alone holidays. Thanks for visiting x

  9. August 16, 2017 / 8:11 am

    I forgot lol balm on my recent trip! Nightmare! I’ve also found if you are clever with how you use It, scarves cam double up as a cover up x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 16, 2017 / 8:34 am

      Ohh now thats a good idea. Although my husband may question my sanity packing scarves for 45 degree heat haha x Thanks for stopping by x

  10. August 16, 2017 / 8:15 am

    I need to try that Honey Bronze shimmering oil, how amazing does that sound. I just need it for my body care this summer. xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 16, 2017 / 8:32 am

      Its beautiful, and so hydrating! Definite recommendation x

  11. August 16, 2017 / 8:15 am

    Great essentialts! This post makes me want to be somewhere sunny, my camera is definitely a priority wherever I travel!

    Amy, x

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 16, 2017 / 8:31 am

      I know, I long to be taking photos of beautiful beeches and foreign lands. xx

  12. August 16, 2017 / 8:43 am

    Ohh this is a great list of essentials! I’ve never actually been on holiday (shocking I know!) but the bf and I are going to Portugal next year to visit my sister so I’ll definitely be referring back to this! Looooove the CT palette, it looks perfect for summer! And really like the sound of those clarins lip balms, I’ll have to try them out as I’m lip balm obsessed too!
    PaleGirlRambling xo

  13. August 16, 2017 / 11:52 am

    I also purchased some proper sunglasses. I went for Ralph Lauren Polo, they really do make a difference! No more quinting for me.
    I wish I could read as many books as you, I’m more of a music listener. I read one book in Ibiza!
    One essential I take, is tiger balm, to repair my mozzie bites! and also my sarong. Great to just throw on and off to get up from sunbathing to the loo or the bar!!

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 16, 2017 / 4:55 pm

      I agree, good sunglasses make a huge difference. I think I could come a collector! Tiger balm is a good one actually, I should add that to my list x

  14. Samantha Kresz
    August 16, 2017 / 1:17 pm

    I can’t travel without packing a comfy outfit like leggings and a sweatshirt. I drive a lot and always have an outfit like that ready in the car for long hours on the road.

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 16, 2017 / 4:53 pm

      Oh yes 100%, comfort is key Thanks for visiting x

  15. August 16, 2017 / 3:40 pm

    I definitely want to try those Clarins lip balms now! Thank you for sharing. Xx

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 16, 2017 / 4:56 pm

      They are so fab, Im sure you wont be disappointed x

  16. August 17, 2017 / 7:10 pm

    ahh the honey bronze collection, I really love the smell of these and I’m surprise how good the wash off tan actually is!

    I’m with you on the books, I’m blessed with my kindle, it’s saved me many kgs in suitcase space!

    Hannah @ The Northern Writes |

    • kerrylifeandloves
      August 18, 2017 / 7:55 am

      Hi, thanks for visiting x. Yes Kindles are great for holidays, totally agree.

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