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 Care

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 sunburns 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.

Why not try one of our Solero Sun Lotions?

Solero Sun Lotion SPF 30 220ml
£7

Triple defense protection with; UVA, UVB & IR-A rays. Sun lotion is water resistant. It helps prevent premature skin ageing and sun-induced wrinkles, when used regularly and moisturises to keep skin hydrated soft and supple.

Solero Ultra Sensitive Sun Lotion SPF 30 200ml
£7

Solero Ultra Sensitive Sun Lotion has been specially developed for people prone to skin allergies. It helps protect the skin from sun burn and reduces the risk of long-term sun damage as it has a high UVB protection and a good UVA protection. It’s moisturising to keep skin hydrated soft and supple and has a non-greasy feeling on the skin. Skin tolerance tested on sensitive skin.

Solero Kids Sun Spray SPF 50+ 200ml
£7

Highly protective sun spray suitable for children’s delicate skin. It has a high UVB and UVA protection. This sun spray is ultra-sensitive whilst moisturising to keep your child’s skin soft and supple even in the sun. It is water resistant and has a non greasy feel.

Solero Invisble Sun Spray SPF 20 150ml
£7

Lloyds Pharmacy Solero SPF30 Invisible Sun Spray contains vitamin E to help keep the skin feeling nourished. The sun spary is 100% transparent, quick drying and will leave no smears and is easy to apply and gives a fast and even coberahe with every application.

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.

Why not try:

Solero Aftersun Lotion 200ml
£7

Solero Aftersun offers 24 hour moisturation after sun exposure. It is extra cooling with concentrated Aloe Vera*. Aftersun cools and relaxed sun irritated, dry skin. It is easy to use with it’s non-greasy properties, it is also easily absorbed into the skin. Calms the feeling of hot skin after too much sun exposure.

Travel Sickness Relief

Going on holiday can be one of the best times of the year, whether you’re travelling abroad to enjoy the hot weather and see the sights, or going somewhere more local. But, if you experience travel sickness the journey to and from your holiday won’t be something to enjoy. Here are our top tips:

  • Opening a window for fresh air
  • Try to listen to music or an audiobook rather than reading or watching a film
  • Make sure to drink plenty of water
  • Try to avoid heavy meal or alcohol before travelling

We recommend:

LloydsPharmacy Travel Sickness & Nausea 25mg Tablets
£2.30

For the prevention and relief of travel sickness, general nausea and vertigo. If you take more LloydsPharmacy Travel Sickness and Nausea Tablets than you should: talk to your doctor or pharmacist immediately.

Not to be taken during pregnancy unless recommended by your doctor. Patients taking other medicines should consult their doctor before taking LloydsPharmacy Travel Sickness and Nausea Tablets.

Pain and Cough, Cold and Flu Relief

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. Talk to your pharmacist for advice.

Why not try:

LloydsPharmacy Paracetamol 500mg 16 Caplets
£0.49

Easy to swallow tablets for the relief od mild to moderate pain including; headaches, sore throats, migraines, toothache, period pains and neuralgia.

Also for the symptomatic relief of:
Rheumatic aches and pains, feverishness, colds and flu.

LloydsPharmacy Cold Relief 16 Capsules
£1.89

Relieves cold and flu symptoms, contains decongestant and is non-drowsy.

For the Relief of:
Colds and Flu, Feverishness, Headache, Catarrh, Aches and Pains, Nasal and Sinus Congestion.

LloydsPharmacy Double Action Throat Lozenges Blackcurrant 24
£1.99

LloydsPharmacy Double Action Throat Lozenges Blackcurrant Flavour have been formulated to bring relief from painful sore throats. The antiseptic combats the bacteria which can cause sore throat conditions, while its local anaesthetic action brings soothing relief of pain and discomfort.

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, it’s best to bring a first aid kit with you, just in case of any little 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.

We Recommend:

LloydsPharmacy Instant Hand Sanitizer 100ml
£1

LloydsPharmacy Instant Hand Sanitiser 100ml Gives instant hygiene without soap and water. It kills 99.9% of bacteria and requires no rinsing.

LloydsPharmacy Cushioned Plasters – 20 Assorted
£1.89

LloydsPharmacy Cushioned Plasters are made from a breathable padded fabric to assist wound healing. Low allergy, latex free adhesion to reduce the risk of allergic reactions.

LloydsPharmacy Antispetic Wipes – 10 Wipes
£1.99

Contains Aloe Vera to soothe the skin and is quick drying.

Not sure where to start? Why not try our:

LloydsPharmacy Family First Aid Kit
£12.79

Ideal for Home, Car or Travel. Hard durable case. This kit is hardy and compact containing all the necessities.

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.

Toothpase and 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.

Deodorant and 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 favourite 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.