Packing for holidays is so much easier with a checklist. Here are our suggestions for the travel must-haves that you won’t want to forget.
When you get back from holiday, you want heads to turn because of your healthy glow, not because of your red, raw skin. So whatever you do, don’t forget to pack sun cream. Experts recommend most of us slap on something that’s SPF30 or above. And remember to reapply often: after a couple of hours, sunscreen loses its protective power.
2. Pantene Expert Hydra Intensify
Your skin isn’t the only thing that needs protection from your sun. Heat and humidity can frazzle your hair too. But Pantene Expert Collection Hydra Intensify seals in hydration to protect your tresses from humidity and heat damage. It has a unique mix of three active ingredients designed to work with any hair length and ensure your hair looks and feels velvety soft.
This is a total game changer for the avid holiday reader. One of the biggest pleasures of the summer holiday is the chance to power through your reading list with no distractions. But who wants to lug around heavy books when you can carry all your reading in one lightweight device? And the e-ink screens of the Kindle eReaders are tailor-made for beach reading, staying crystal clear even in the brightest sunshine.
4. Travel adaptors
Guidebook and map, music system, alarm clock, restaurant guide, pocket translator, exchange rate calculator – the list of things that your smartphone can handle for you on holiday is almost endless. But if you can’t charge it, your phone is just a slim, high-tech brick. So don’t forget the right travel adaptor for your holiday destination, and keep your pocket personal assistant working for you.
5. Insect repellent
A tropical paradise can soon become a nightmare when insects bite. And prevention is better than trying to soothe the itching they leave behind. Apply insect repellent to exposed skin and clothing, and don’t go overboard – tests show that once you’ve covered the skin, adding more repellent doesn’t make it any more effective. Experts recommend a product with DEET in a concentration of 20 per cent or higher to ensure mozzies stay away.
A holiday isn’t a holiday without your favourite pair of sunnies. They block out glare and UV light, saving you from eye damage. They add a touch of Jackie Onassis style. They can even disguise the effects of a drop too much of Sangria the night before. But if you do forget, just pick up a bargain-basement pair from a beach vendor: half the style is in how you wear them.
7. Microfibre towel
In The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy, Douglas Adams reckoned a towel was the one essential you needed to travel the universe. And thanks to microfibre, they’re so much easier to pack and quicker to dry. So you can roll one up in your day bag, ready for any eventuality, from spontaneous swims to emergency spills.