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Summer holiday – ten top items to remember

It’s that time of year again when most of us start getting ready for our summer holiday. Whether holidaying in the UK or jetting off abroad, we all know generally what we need to remember to take, but what are the things that we always seem to forget?

We’ve come up with ten top items to remember, so you don’t have a stressful and expensive time whilst you’re away!

It’s that time of year again when most of us start getting ready for our summer holiday. Whether holidaying in the UK or jetting off abroad, we all know generally what we need to remember to take, but what are the things that we always seem to forget?

We’ve come up with ten top items to remember, so you don’t have a stressful and expensive time whilst you’re away!

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Probably the most obvious, but you’d be surprised how many people turn up at the check-in desk without important paperwork! Passports, tickets, certificates… one sure way to ruin your holiday! Who needs the stress (and cost) of having to book yourself on to the next available flight?!

We suggest getting a passport or document holder to keep everything together – the brighter the better, so you can see it at all times. Check out the selection at Accessorize and Debenhams.

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Phone? Check. Camera? Check. Tablet? Check. Chargers? How many of you have packed your electronic devices, but forgotten the chargers? Then there’s the adaptor to think about, depending on the location. The ‘Belkin worldwide travel charger with all adaptors’, from Debenhams, is the perfect solution to all your holiday charging problems. We recommend getting one of these as soon as you read this and popping it straight in your luggage, so you never forget it again. You can see more adaptor and charger options on the Debenhams website.

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Have you ever had to get up early to go away, quickly cleaned your teeth, combed your hair, checked you’ve got your passport, then made a dash for the door (after checking it’s locked three times)?! We’re guilty of leaving our hairbrush and toothbrush on the side at home! Also, remember to pack hair bobbles, clips and headbands too, to tie your hair up in the heat, or cold, depending on where you’re heading. Accessorize, New Look and Dorothy Perkins have all your holiday hair essentials.

4220-MW-Blog-Sunglasses

Why buy one expensive pair of sunglasses, when you can go crazy with all of the options at Marriotts Walk? You’re going to need a pair for breakfast, a pair for the beach and another pair for going out in the evening!

Ladies, try the selection of sunglasses at Accessorize, Dorothy Perkins, Debenhams, Fatface, M&S, Monsoon and New Look. Men will find lots of stylish sunglasses too, at Debenhams, Fatface, M&S and New Look.

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So, you’re having such an amazing time away that you want to send a few postcards. How many times have you bought them and realised you don’t have addresses handy, then you forget, then you’re at home, then decide it’s too late? Well, get organised with ‘The Bright Side Address Book’ from Fresh. It’s small enough to pop in your hand luggage and comes with a beach-ready plastic cover.

4220-MW-Blog-Flipflop

Another surprising item that many people forget are flip-flops. Nobody likes those cheap plastic ones that cut in-between your toes or break within a couple of hours. Treat yourself to some from Marriotts Walk, so you won’t have to think about it again.

Ladies, head to Accessorize, Crew Clothing, Debenhams, Fatface and New Look for all the flip-flops you will ever need. Men, choose from a nice selection of flip-flops at Crew Clothing, Debenhams, Fatface and M&S.

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Don’t make the mistake of thinking that you’ll be fine without a jumper, because the weather could change at any moment. Ladies, nearly all of our retailers will have something that will work for you. Our top picks are from Wallis, Phase Eight, JoJo Maman Bebe and Evans. Guys, make sure that you’re prepared too, with Cotton Traders, Crew Clothing and Fatface.

4220-MW-Blog-Towels

Most hotels provide bathroom towels, but you can get in trouble taking these to the beach. Have a look at the luxurious towels on offer at Debenhams and M&S, for a different kind of attention on the beach!

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It’s a nightmare going around shops abroad, trying to figure out what size you are, and it can be very pricey too! Most of our retailers have an amazing selection of swimwear. So much so, that you may feel a little overwhelmed as to what to go for. Ladies, why not have a read of ‘7 Swimsuit Trends That Are Taking Over Instagram’ first, then decide what you like, what will suit your body shape, and what you’ll feel comfortable in…

Women – try on sublime swimsuits and two-pieces at Accessorize, Cotton Traders, Crew Clothing, Dorothy Perkins, Debenhams, Evans, Fatface, JoJo Maman Bebe, M&S, Monsoon, New Look and Phase Eight. Men – shop stylish swim shorts at Cotton Traders, Crew Clothing, Debenhams, Fatface, M&S and New Look.

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No, we don’t mean actually remember to pack your children, like the film ‘Home Alone’! We thought we’d do a quick round-up of all the retailers that sell swimwear and holiday outfits for the little people in your life. Check out the selection at Accessorize, Dorothy Perkins, Debenhams, Fatface, JoJo Maman Bebe, M&S and Monsoon.

It’s worth remembering that not all stores will stock all collections, however most stores do offer Click & Collect.

Before leaving the house…

Have you done the following?

Top tip: If you’re one of those people who worries that they’ve forgotten to lock up or turn something off, take a photo of it on your phone or camera, to prevent any stressful ‘what ifs’ whilst on holiday.

Are you going on holiday this year? We’d love to know if our blog helped you and to see some of your photos!

We hope you have a wonderful time – remember to send us a postcard!