My Summer Essentials

I like to consider myself an organized person and yet more often than not, I find myself leaving the house without something that I intended on bringing. This is especially relevant now that summer is officially here and it is no longer socially acceptable to curl up on the sofa with a movie and blankets. I, for one, am excited to be going on holiday next week with my family to Portugal and hopefully visiting some more places in Europe over the next few months, mainly Dublin, Amsterdam and Copenhagen.

This post is in collaboration with Fiona, a lifestyle blogger, and is a list of 10 items that I consider my summer essentials – 10 items that you should remember to pack in your bag before you go out. Check out Fiona’s post here or keep reading for my summer essentials.

Sun Cream

I am currently writing this post with sunburnt shoulders and arms because I forgot about how easily I burn, even in the English sun, so this is a prime example of when I should take my own advice. Regardless of whether you burn easily or not, it is important to not only carry but also wear sun cream during the summer months. Studies have found that wearing sun cream decreases the development of skin cancer, helps to prevent skin discolorations, helps to reduce facial red veins and blotchiness and slows down the development of wrinkled, premature ageing face.

Sun Glasses

Similarly to the last point, it is just as important to protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays. It has been found that these rays can cause damage to your eye including cataracts, retinal damage and astigmatism.

Re-Useable Water Bottle

There are many health benefits associated with drinking increased volumes of water and as you sweat more in the summer months, this means that you must drink even more water to replace the water lost. We are all aware of the environmental damage that plastic bottles can cause so it is a good idea to carry a re-useable water bottle. Most places will happily fill this up for free for you. I would recommend a Chilly’s water bottle since it keeps your water cold for 24 hours but any re-useable water bottle will work.

Hair Ties

If you have long hair like me, then a hair tie is an essential in the summer-time. It helps to cool you down by preventing air from being trapped underneath your hair and heating your neck.


Since it is warmer and lighter outside for longer, this means that there is more opportunity to hang out with friends and visit new places. Perhaps it is just the photography-lover in me but I love to capture moments with my friends and make it a priority to carry my phone everywhere so I do not miss a moment.

Make-Up Removal Wipes

Despite seemingly waterproof mascara, smudge-proof lipstick and that Urban Decay Setting Spray, there is normally at least one part of my make-up that smudges in the heat and therefore I try to carry make-up wipes everywhere, just in case I need to clean up my make-up a bit before an important meeting or dinner with friends.


I know that deodorant is meant to last 24 hours-48 hours but I like to carry it with me and apply it when I feel especially sweaty, normally after running for the bus or before an important meeting. It is easy to just slip into the bathroom or changing room and apply some.


The sweaty smell might work for some people but I personally am not a fan so I try to carry perfume samples with me for when I need a touch-up, namely after running for the bus or before an important meeting.

Re-useable Straw

I, for one, love an iced coffee in the summer and whilst some places are on-board with switching their plastic straws for paper ones, others places are not and so I like to carry my re-useable straw with me. I have found that the paper ones often get too soggy to use after a while so having a re-useable straw saves me having to use 2-3 paper straws to consume one drink.

Foundation with SPF

I do not use foundation on a daily basis in the summer as I hate how heavy it feels on my skin but when I do, I do not want to apply both foundation and sun cream. Therefore I use a foundation that already has SPF in it and it also means that if you do forget your sun cream, at least your face is protected!

What are your plans for this summer?

Photo by Link Hoang on Unsplash

35 thoughts on “My Summer Essentials

  1. All of these are great! Definitely Sun Cream!!! I was out with my dad yesterday and offered him suncream and he didn’t want it but I put it on. He got so burnt and regretted it! It’s horrible to use but definitely worth it 🙂

    Hair ties definitely too, I carry loads in my car, bag, purse! I also have one attached to my keys so I always have one 🙂

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    1. Thank you. I definitely need to remember to put sun cream on or at least carry it as I burn so easily. I actually need to buy new hair ties – they disappear so quickly!

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    1. I only have the one pair and they are always getting left at home – I should probably invest in multiple pairs. That is such a good idea, I only have the small glass bottles.

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  2. Loved collabing with you on this, it was so much fun coming up with essentials! We actually listed quite a few similar/identical ones! And damn girl, PORTUGAL! Such a beautiful country, you have to show us some photos afterwards. Makeup removal wipes are so useful in summer, I carry them with me anywhere, even in winter. Love your list xxx

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    1. I have yet to read your post as I am still catching up on sleep from this weekend but thank you for collabing with me. And yes! I am so excited and there will be at least one (probably multiple lbh) post on my trip. xx


    1. Thank you! And yes, thank you for noticing. I need to go back through my old posts and sort out pictures but I was too impatient to wait to change my theme until then oops xx


    1. I was actually going to put that on my list but we don’t really have an issue with bugs where I live because it’s central London. Have fun in Costa Rica!


  3. This list is so so perfect and I have loved reading all of your collabs!! I have never thought about carrying a reuseable straw around with me – but it makes so much sense! Soggy paper straws are the worst!xx

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    1. Thank you so much! I personally dislike having to go get another paper straw if I want to take time to enjoy my drink so having a reuseable one is a neccessary for me, although I do forget sometimes. xx


  4. Portugal will be so fun! I’ve always wanted to visit. I love the tip about reusable water bottles, they’re so cute and eco friendly.

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    1. I don’t tend to wear make-up everyday anyway but when I do, I always put a moisturiser on underneath to keep me hydrated. I think it’s important to use lightweight foundations where possible.

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  5. Never thought of brining a reusable straw with me. That’s such a good shout! The wipes are such life savers, but I’m trying not to buy them anymore because they’re not environmentally friendly. But these are great suggestions! x

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    1. I would recommend, especially now shops are swapping out plastic straws for paper. Right that they are doing so but the straws do get soggy quickly! x


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