Holiday Essentials – Part 2

Following on from last weeks holiday essentials post part one, this is my next post looking at the things that will help your holiday go smoothly. These are the things that can help you stay healthy when you’re traveling, help you to find your suitcase amongst a sea of similar looking bags and most importantly, protect your skin when you are away.

Luggage Straps from Able Labels

I have a lovely floral suitcase that I find quite easily when it comes around on the conveyor belt. My hubby and son have grey cases that seem to go around and around as they look very similar to multiple other cases that are also moving around. The personalised luggage straps from Able Labels can help you to spot your case far more easier, and they look great and add another level of security too.

The luggage straps are a great gift idea if you have a friend who loves to travel, and they can be personalised with up to 30 letters and spaces. They come in two colour choices, and Able Labels offers discount on two or more straps.

Varta Power Slim Power Bank

Even on our holidays, we are never far away from our technology, particularly our phones, and we need these to be charged at all times in order to share our latest exploits on Instagram and Facebook. The Varta Slim Power Bank allows us to keep our phones and tablets charged, even as we are lounging by the pool, or waiting around the airport.

The Power bank can charge two devices at a time and also comes with a USB Type C outport to charge the latest smartphones.

Varta say:

The VARTA Slim Power Bank is a smart design, combining sophisticated style with technical precision. It’s packed with enough power to charge a phone two and half times over or one tablet fully.

Find out more information here.

Look after your holiday health

If there is one time of the year that you want to feel your best, it is when you are on holiday. But sometimes a combination of motion sickness when traveling, the germs that can be spread on aircraft and the dreaded bite of the mosquito’s when you arrive at your destination, can all combine to make you feel like taking to your bed,

But there are remedies that can help.

Ginger is well known for being an aid to sickness ( I remember eating ginger biscuits during pregnancy to stop the nausea). Gin Gins Super Ginger Caramel is the latest addition to The Ginger People’s range of ginger foods and sweets and are perfect for those who suffer from motion sickness. They are slightly chewy and  packed with 30% fresh ginger. You can find Gin Gins stocked at

ImmunPro is an infection defence that increases your resistance to viral infections by acting like a shield in your mouth and throat, helping your mucous membranes to fend off viruses.

Aeroplane journeys can often be a breeding ground for viruses due to the air and the confined space, there really is nowhere to escape when the person next to you starts coughing and sneezing. If you do tend to be susceptible to colds and coughs simply suck one tablet when you are at increased risk for two hours’ protection.

ImmunPro are available from Boots


If you are flying long haul, and have a sleep on the plane, you often wake up with less than fresh breath. SWISH TO GO are something that are definitely worth keeping in your hand luggage.

SWISH TO GO is the UK’s first 3-in-1 complete oral care solution that does the job of traditional toothbrush, paste and mouthwash but in a handy waterless, powder-based system that can be used anytime, anywhere.  The quick dissolving, natural powder turns to liquid on the tongue, where it can be swished for 10 seconds then swallowed to deliver cleaner teeth, healthier gums and long-lasting fresh breath wherever you are.This makes them perfect for planes, and also for camping and festivals too.

SWISH TO GO come in cool mint and lemon varieties, and can be found at Boots.

Nivea Sun Products

Of course, you can’t travel to the sun without taking adequate sun protection, and Nivea is one of the best brands if you suffer from sensitive skin, or if you are traveling with children. My favourite products are the sun sprays as these are easy to apply, and if you can also get one that is very water resistant, then you are protecting your child’s skin, even if they are splashing in and out of the pool.

Nivea have a great range of sun protection products for both adults and children, and these come in a range of SPF ranging from Factor 50 down. They also have nourishing and moisturising after sun ranges, as well as specific products for the face.

You can find a good range of Nivea products at Boots by clicking here.

Nail Polish from Cienna Rose

You are literally living in sandals and flip flops, so your toenails and fingernails deserve to be treated to some beautiful Summer colours. The floral inspired colours from Cienna Rose are just perfect for blending in with your holiday wardrobe.

The brand was founded by Carla Opoku, who, after moving to Africa, became interested in creating her own formulations using home blended colours. The Cienna Rose brand contains Pro vitamin B5, Vitamin E and Lemongrass oil helping to nourish your nails.The formulations are also vegan friendly and cruelty free. The colours are beautiful and the bottles are stunning.



Holiday Essentials – The Things You Definitely Need In Your Case Part 1

With the coming of last week’s lovely weather, many of us are now turning our thoughts to our Summer holidays. If you are lucky enough to be traveling abroad this Summer, you are probably fully aware and conscious of the constraints that are now put on our luggage.

Most travel companies now have a weight restriction of 15kgs on suitcases that will be checked into the hold, with many people now opting to travel hand luggage only to avoid paying to check in a bag, so lightweight optionsin clothing, travel packs or decanted items in toiletries and beauty, and smaller versions of your favourite products are now much sought after.

In this new series of posts I am going to be looking at a range of products that come under the umbrella of travel essentials. These are things that save space, are much needed and will make your holiday go much smoother.


I love the swimwear from Rosa Faia – “love of sunlight“ collection. It is made up of bright colours, fanciful prints and versatile styles and offers women the perfect fit in cup sizes A – I.

Young and cheeky, elegant, modern or fancy, the Rosa Faia beachwear collection offers styles for every taste and figure. The extensive Mix & Match range offers fantastic possibilities and inspiration to create your own favourite look with three strong  plain colours and three different prints. The collection includes bikinis, tankinis and swimsuits complemented by a large selection of matching accessories such as dresses, tunics, caftans and pareos. The style variety ranges from floral designs, such as a Millefleur print with tropical flair or a flower print with a touch of vintage, over a playful wave pattern or a delicate fresh paisley design up to elegant palm leafs or clean graphical prints.  Sexy bandeau styles and Big Cup bikini tops as well as various different bottom styles feature prominently in 2018. Pictured here is the Nomadic collection.

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Dorco Eve 6 Razor

With all that flesh on display you need to make sure you have a close shave on your hols, and have a good razor packed in your toiletry bag in order to keep legs and underarms silky smooth.

Dorco EVE 6 has a fine history of producing shaving products and marries science and expertise to provide a super close shave. With over 60 years of Korean innovation, they believe it’s time to get closer, and are addressing shaving needs for individual products and a subscription service. Once you have got your handle, you can then buy blade refill packs or have them delivered to your door through the subscription package.

Dorco EVE 6 value pack x 4 £10.20 Click to visit Dorco Eve

Theye Compact beach towel

Beach towels are a tricky subject when it comes to holidays. Some hotels provide towels to use around the pool area, but in most cases you need your own beach towels, and these can take up a lot of space in the case. But not the Theye compact beach towel. These are small and brilliant.

Theye’s compact beach towel features multi absorbency properties. Made from micro-fibre suede, this range of extra- large, stylish towels take only ten minutes to dry in the sun and remain sand free. Available in five stylish prints, the towel can be conveniently stored in a small waterproof pouch which makes the large towel fold down to a tiny, compact unit will take up no room in your case or your beach bag. I used these towels in the UK for Joe’s swimming lessons and they were brilliant as they dried so quickly.

Total Treat Argan Oil

Holidays play havoc with the hair, a combination of sun, sea water and chlorine all help to make our locks dry and tangled, so a hair treat is definitely something to have packed to ensure your hair avoids too much damage.

Total Treat Argan Oil from the Phil Smith Be Gorgeous is a must have for summer holidays. You only need a pea sized amount that you rub through wet hair, avoiding the roots, in order to give your hair the moisturisation it needs to give you the glossy locks to match that golden tan.  The bottle is compact enough (50ml) to not take up too much room in your case, and yet it will certainly ensure your hair looks its very best.

Phil Smith Be Gorgeous range is available at Sainsburys.

7 Piece Travel Pack

The lack of room in your suitcase, or the restrictions on liquids in hand luggage can often see you needing to decant your favourite products into much smaller bottles and containers. This is why the 7 piece travel pack from Beauty Naturals could be a brilliant solution to your travel needs.

All your essential travel items can be decanted into bottles of  the required size for airport security and these are also ideal for short breaks.The bottles are presented in a clear carry on bag with a sturdy zip fastening.

The set contains:-

  • 1 x 100ml flip top bottle
  • 1 x 60ml flip top bottle
  • 1 x 60ml atomiser bottle
  • 1 x 50ml flip top bottle
  • 1 x 25g cream jar
  • 1 filter funnel for easy filling

The set costs just £8.10, which I think is a bargain way to take your favourite products with you.

7 Piece Travel Pack by Danielle Creations £8.10 Click to visit Beauty Naturals

Mini Masterclass Set from Look Good Feel Better

In the same way that you don’t want to take all your full sized beauty products, you don’t really want to be packing your full sized brushes and make up tools either. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t want to be using quality products on your face.

The mini masterclass has three travel sized make up brushes that will be perfect for creating your holiday face. The set is created by Look Good Feel Better, the worldwide Cancer charity that provides support for Cancer victims by offering free make up classes  and skincare workshops for those suffering from the visible effects of the disease.

The brushes come in a stylish pouch and are soft touch, which is perfect for sun touched sensitive skin.

The brushes are available from a range of stockists, including M&S.

Urban Veda Purifying Discovery Travel Set

Urban Veda create wonderful bath and skincare products that totally pamper and revitalise the skin, and the great news is that many of their favourite products are now available in a wonderful travel set.

The set includes body wash, scrub and lotion, and facial wash, polish and day cream, all in sizes that mean you would be able to take these in your hand luggage – a real treat for the skin if you are traveling long haul.

These are natural products which smell just divine and will certainly invigorate the skin after a day on the beach, hydrating and cleansing so that your skin looks and feels back to its best even after a day sunbathing in the harsh sun.

Purifying Complete Discovery Set
£19.99 | 200ml Click to visit Urban Veda

Look out next week for more travel essentials.