21 Jul

Written by Kristin on July 21, 2016



One of the most exciting bits of getting ready for your holiday (at least for me) is planning and shopping for all of your holiday essentials! But packing can be overwhelming, especially when you’re away for weeks at a time. We’ve rounded up some favourite holiday essentials, from luggage to travel irons to neck pillows for the plane, and everything’s under £50.

The holiday shop at M&S is a great place to look for everything you need to get away this summer. My top 10:

  1. Small Essential 2 Wheel Suitcase (£49.50) When all you need is a carry-on suitcase, this little suitcase, offered in either blue or black, ticks all the boxes. It comes with a TSA padlock, an external front pocket, and zipped internal pocket.
  2. Hand Held Travel Fan (£6) Perfect for those hot days and in a portable, personal size.
  3. Striped Sand Resist Beach Towel (£15) Pack this in your bag for easy beach days, plus buy 1 get 1 free on beach towels right now at M&S.
  4. Neck Pillow (£8.50) Make travel more comfortable with this pillow that molds to your head for a cosier trip.
  5. Luggage Lock (£4) Keep your luggage safe with this affordable and easy-to-use lock.
  6. 3-Piece Clear Cosmetic Bag Set (£6.50) This set includes a small, medium, and large bag to organise all your makeup and skincare, plus the see-through design makes it easy to find what you need.
  7. Luggage Strap (£7.50) This adjustable 5 x 190 cm strap makes it easy to find your luggage at the airport.
  8. Twin USB Car Charger (£5) If your holiday involves a road trip, a USB adapter is a must to stay connected. This one’s got two USB ports so you can charge two devices at once!
  9. Travel Iron (£15) If you won’t be at a hotel with access to an iron, this little travel one is perfect for keeping your clothes looking tidy whilst you’re away from home.
  10. Double Europe Adaptor (£7.50) Make your trip to the continent a bit easier with this handy adapter plug, suitable for use in most of Europe.

Over at Bags Direct, they’ve got every type of luggage you could possibly need, and if you check out the sale you can grab yourself an amazing deal right now. My top picks:

  1. Samsonite Wanderpacks Laptop Backpack (£33) At 40% off, this backpack is both well-priced and useful, with loads of room to carry your laptop, chargers, and other travel items. Perfect to carry on the plane!
  2. Revelation Alex 2-Wheel Cabin Suitcase (£31.20) This stylish teal suitcase is the right size to bring on your flight, whilst still giving you enough space to bring what you need on holiday. It’s also got two zipped external pockets for extra room – and it’s currently 20% off as well.
  3. American Tourister Spring Hill 3-Way Boarding Backpack/Travel Bag (£31.20) I love how this bag can be carried three different ways: shoulder strap, backpack, or handheld strap, so you can decide which way suits you. This is an ideal size for a weekend break and is 20% off in the sale, too.
  4. Travel Blue Security Neck Wallet Money Belt (£9) Hide your money, passports, and other valuables with this money belt which can be worn under your shirt.
  5. Travel Blue Folding Luggage Trolley (£29) This trolley can hold up to 30 kg and is easy to open and shut, making it a breeze to get all of your stuff around.

If you’ve got a favourite travel accessory, share with us in the comments!

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