Summer is almost here, which means you’re probably starting to plan your summer holiday. If you’re like most people, you probably spend a lot of time researching different destinations and places to stay but don’t spend nearly as much time thinking about what to bring on your trip. Summer is the perfect time to take a trip, but there are a lot of things to think about before you dive into planning. You need to make sure you’re packing what you need to stay safe and comfortable while you travel, and that’s where this list comes in!

These are the top must-have items for your summer vacation. If you’re going somewhere warm, it’s important to remember that even though it may be hot outside, it will still get dark at night (and cold). These items will help keep you safe and comfortable while you’re away from home.

Bikini Bottoms

The most important item to pack for a summer holiday is your bikini bottoms. Now, this might seem like a no-brainer, but it’s really easy to overlook the importance of having plenty of swimwear options during your time away—especially if you’re going somewhere warm and sunny. We recommend packing three different pairs so that you can mix up your look and enjoy different styles every day of your trip!

Also, high-waisted black bikini bottoms are a must-have item to pack for a summer holiday. They’re a classic, and they look great on everyone. Plus, they can be worn with almost any top, so you’ll be able to mix and match your swimwear like a pro!


Sunscreen is important—for everyone, not just people with fair skin. Sunscreen should be one of the first things you pack when you’re planning a summer holiday. You must protect yourself from the damaging effects of UV rays, no matter what kind of complexion you have (or how much time you’ll be spending in the sun).

Sun damage is cumulative: it doesn’t happen overnight but over years and even decades. That being said, UV rays can still cause immediate damage such as dark spots and hyperpigmentation. And while most people apply their sunscreen religiously during their holidays (and don’t hesitate to reapply it throughout), many still don’t use enough or forget about applying it at all.

Raffia Tote Bag

A raffia tote bag is a perfect accessory for any summer holiday, whether you’re on vacation in Spain or simply going shopping. 

  • Use it to carry your camera, phone, and wallet when exploring a new city. It’ll keep them all safe and secure while providing easy access so you don’t have to fumble around with zippers or buttons.
  • Use it as a beach bag! You can put all of your essentials inside (sunblock, towel, sunglasses) without worrying about them getting wet if an unexpected downpour or wave is splashing over the shoreline onto your belongings. This also makes finding everything easier than trying to dig through a bulky backpack while juggling sunscreen-covered hands and sand-covered knees at the same time–and let’s not forget those pesky but essential flip-flops.
  • Keep raffia neat by storing it away from heat sources like sunlamps and radiators that may dry out its fibers over time; this will help ensure that they stay supple for longer periods should anyone else want their stylish accessory too.”

Insect repellent.

An insect repellent is a must-have item for any summer holiday. There are many types of insect repellents, including creams and sprays. Be sure to use the right kind for your skin and body type—and don’t be afraid to ask your doctor if it’s okay for you to use one at all! Make sure that you apply enough of the product so that mosquitoes can’t bite through it (this is especially important if you have sensitive skin).

Body Mist

A body mist is a great little item to pack with you on your holiday. They’re small, they’re light and they can be used in a variety of ways.

  • Cool off – If the sun is hot and there’s no air conditioning, then you’ll want to keep cool by spraying yourself down with a refreshing mist of water. This will work especially well if you’re staying somewhere in a city where there’s lots of concrete around because these tend to absorb heat and radiate it back out again at night time as the temperature drops (this is called thermal-releasing). You may also find that using an evaporation spray such as this one can help keep some of the unpleasant odors at bay too.
  • Freshen up – After traveling or working out in the sun all day long, sometimes the only thing that will help freshen up your skin (and hair) is something cold. A good body mist does exactly what its name suggests: it mists onto whatever surface you spray it on so that it feels icy cold instantly! It’s perfect for cooling down after being outside all day long too.
  • Keep bugs away – If any insects are buzzing around while camping or hiking outdoors during the summer holidays then they’ll stay away when sprayed with some insect-repellent liquid like this one. All that needs doing now is remembering which one works best against which type of insect (e.g., flies versus mosquitoes). Oh yeah; did we mention how easy these sprays are?

A first aid kit.

The first aid kit should include bandages, antiseptic wipes, ibuprofen, and antacid tablets. You should also have enough supplies to cover each member of your family. A thermometer is a must-have item in case someone gets sick and needs to be treated with medication. Make sure you pack a whistle as well because this can come in handy if you get lost or hurt on the road and need help.

Reusable water bottles.

It’s a simple one, and it’s something that most people already have in their homes. Most of us are getting used to using reusable coffee cups at Starbucks and similar places now, so why not apply the same principles to your summer holiday? You could even use them if you’re going somewhere with lots of water activities like swimming and snorkeling (just make sure they’re dishwasher-safe). Reusable water bottles are also a good way to reduce plastic waste on holiday, which is great for the environment.

If you’re going somewhere without access to a kettle (or if your hotel room doesn’t have one) then these can come in handy too—just fill them up before bedtime or first thing in the morning and then put them in your bag until lunchtime or whenever else you want another drink. They’re light enough that they won’t weigh down your luggage either, which is good news if you want to keep things as light as possible when traveling around.

Hand sanitizer.

Hand sanitizer is a must-have item for the summer holidays. It’s an important part of keeping your hands clean, especially if you’re eating street food or visiting markets. The best way to use hand sanitizer is by spraying it on your hands and then rubbing them together until dry. Another option is to pump the liquid onto a cotton swab and then rub that around your hands instead of directly spraying on them.

The first thing you want to do when you arrive at your destination is to find a market where you can pick up some hand sanitizer (usually it will be labeled “sanitizer”). If there isn’t one nearby, ask someone where they would recommend buying some—they will likely know where the closest store selling this product is located.


Summer holiday essentials are not just the bare minimum of what you need to take with you. They help make your trip more comfortable, fun, and less stressful. And if they’re multipurpose, even better. So, there you have it. If you’re going on a summer holiday, make sure you pack these essential items to make your life easier. You can also read a blog post about what to pack for a winter holiday if you need some inspiration for cold-weather trips.