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Summer holidays; planning, prepping and packing. It can be stressful when you’re organizing your annual break and hectic lifestyles can often mean that you can forget to pack essential holiday items. To make your break as relaxing as possible, we’ve created a quick check list of your travel bag essentials:

Sun protection

If you are going somewhere hot, sun protection should be the first thing you pack. We understand that there is nothing better than lying on the beach relaxing whilst topping up your tan however being exposed to the sun for a long period of time can damage your skin and health, it can cause severe sunburn s and even cause skin cancer, so it is always important to keep protected.

When buying sun protection look for the higher SPF (Sun Protection Factor) at least SPF 15, but higher for children and those with sensitive skin as it provides best protection from the sun’s UVB rays. You should also look for a product that has high UVA protection; this is normally shown by a star rating, 5 stars being the best.

An effective sun protection is Riemann P20, it has a broad spectrum meaning it will protect your skin from UVA rays and UVB rays, it has a superior water protection, however is always good to top it up after a long periods of time swimming.

P20 is perfect for those spending all day out in the sun and looking to get the most out of their sun cream, however sun protection alone will not completely protect you all day. It is important to avoid the sun between 11am-3pm, when the sun rays are stronger and more damaging to the skin, cover up in long light layers, wear a hat when possible, keep in the shade and drink plenty of water.

After sun

After spending all day outside exposed to the sun it is important to keep the skin hydrated, as the sun, beach, sea water and chlorine will dry out the skin. It is important to keep the skin moisturised by applying after sun at the end of the day. It can also help alleviate the burning sensation from, but it is best to avoid that all together.

Moisturizing is not enough to keep the skin hydrated during the day, so ensure you drink lots of liquids and apply sun protection regularly.

Anti-travelers tummy medicine

One of the many good things about going on holiday is all the different dishes you can try, however the change to your diet can cause travelers tummy. In case you have a sensitive stomach we would advise that you pack anti-travelers tummy medicine as you might not know what is available at your destination. Entersogel has just been launched in the UK although it has been available in Europe for over 30 years. Entersogel goes through the body absorbing bacteria, viruses, allergens and toxins, stopping and helping avoid the bad tummy, leaving you and your family to enjoy the holiday.

You can read more about enterosgel here.

Pain reliever and cough, cold, flu

Whether you’re going to a hot or cold holiday destination, you never know when you might get a headache or a cold. As trusted brands may not be available, you might not speak the language or know where to purchase treatment, we would recommend that you take your own pain relief and cough, cold and flu medicine with you. Make sure the medication you take is legal and allowed into your destination and only take what you believe to be necessary.

First aid kit

It doesn’t matter if you are going on an adventure holiday to the mountains, a relaxing beach holiday or a family holiday with the kids, you should always have a first aid kit in reach for those inevitable accidents. It is good to have antiseptic wipes, a variety of plasters, bandages and other first aid essentials that will make your holiday a little safer. Luckily you don’t have to buy everything individually; you can now get travel sized first aid kits.

Insect repellent

Mosquitos are especially predominant in hot countries, they are attracted to the human’s body and heat and we all know how annoying it is when they bite and buzz near us.

When looking for a strong insect repellent look for the amount of DEET. DEET is a chemical which is present in most repellents and it makes it hard for insects to smell humans which avoid bites. The more DEET the stronger the repellent is.

If the country you are going to has cases of malaria and other diseases caused by mosquitos/insect bites it is important to visit your local GP beforehand. They will provide you with vaccinations if necessary, although repellents will help prevent bites it will not completely protect you.

Toothpaste + toothbrush

This may seem like an obvious one, but people tend to forget the most obvious one when packing in a hurry.

You can purchase travel sized toothpaste and toothbrush if you have limited space. Hotels don’t always offer them and its best to be prepared. If space is not limited you can take the ones you already have at home and save yourself from buying more for you and the family whilst on holiday.

Hand gel + wipes

It is important to keep your hands clean whilst traveling, especially when eating, so to avoid situations where clean water to wash your hands is not available it is good to have hand gel in your bag. If you have a limitation with liquids you can also buy hand sanitizer wipes, which can also avoid any leakages and also a good help if you need to wipe something down.

Body/Face wipes can also come in handy for those long journeys where showers are not always accessible, good to freshen up and keep clean until the next shower, perfect for long-haul planes and coach trips!

Deodorant + body wash

When travelling you are never sure what toiletries your accommodation will provide, so it is important to take your own. When it comes to body wash we would highly recommend a bar of soap, they are easy to pack and handle, it will not intervene with your liquids limit and it will last longer than liquid shower gels.

Deodorant is a must if you are in a hot country. Choose your favorite and pack it, we recommend you base your choice on how long you are planning to stay away as some types of deodorant last longer, for example roll on tends to last longer than spray deodorants, but try to get ones in plastic packages not glass as they are lighter and much safer for a bumpy journey.

Hair Products

Hair products are always important to carry with you whilst on holiday as you never know what will be available to you at your destination. You can buy small travelling products but if you want to save some money you can buy empty travel packs and fill them up with your own shampoo and conditioner and they can be reused every time you travel!

Dry shampoo can be a life saver depending on your destination, you won’t have to carry a lot of liquids and it helps you out if you are unable to wash your hair, it just gives you a fresher look and most now have a very nice scent which adds to the fresher feeling.