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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Summer Holiday Essentials / Must-Haves: Top 5

Hello Dolls!

Instead of the usual "Sunday Style Inspo" or "Food Diary", I decided to write a summer vacation essential post. Because I know a lot of people choose to take their holidays in August, this is the best time to share these with you. To keep it short and sweet I'll share my Top 5. 
1. Sunscreen & After Sun
This might seem like cheating, because I'm including two products as one, but it's not. Hear me out! If you've been a long time reader or only seen one picture of me, you noticed I'm a ghostly white shade. This means that no matter how high the SPF I'm using, chances are I'm going to burn. 

Sun protection is very important no matter how dark your skin is, everyone can get skin cancer. I'm not trying to bum you out, just be careful and treat your skin with love. Even if you don't burn, most of the after sun lotions have aloe vera in them, which leaves your skin incredibly hydrated and soft. So no matter what, you can use this combo. Think of it like this: you're just using a more intense hydrating lotion after the shower, that just happens to be an after sun lotion.

PS: SPF on your lips is also very important, as they too can burn.

2. Hair Comb/ Tangle Teezer
You will think this is an obvious one and I mean who would forget something so basic?! I did! Because it's so "dooh" I totally forgot to pack it, which led to crazy hair. My shampoo did a really good job at keeping my hair untangled, which is how I survived without my tangle teezer, but it was still uncontrollable hair. Hence no braids or any cute hairstyles, just bed hair or salty beach wannabe waves, when coming out of the water. 

3. Sunglasses & Hat
It's still not cheating! They just go well together. You have to protect your eyes and your head, not to mention they look cute and fun. Also, let's not forget they hide half of your face, which means you rock a bare face letting your skin breath. These accessories are practical and stylish. 

4. Books / Magazines 
While sunbathing, having something to read is perfect, because it helps you relax more or depending on what you choose, it inspires you. You'll say "Well I have my phone, why carry the extra weight?". Depending on your location, you may loose signal. Plus having a magazine / book in hands gives a different feel than a phone/iPad/tablet/etc. It's the best time to get through all those books you keep saying you'll read. From time to time, it's also good to disconnect.

5. Water
This is very cliche, but if water is normally important, in the summer heat while laying in the sun is twice as important. You don't want to get dehydrated and faint, which happened to me multiple times over the years. Have it in spritz form, like thermal water to spritz over your face, which helps you cool down, and, of course, in drinkable form to hydrate. 

I didn't include toiletries or clothes, but make sure to pack whatever you need and all the cables for your electronics. When packing your clothes, try to think in outfits and to choose pieces that go well together. As much as I would love to pack 100 outfits, it's not practical. What helps the most is to make a list and tick things off as you pack them. Also packing a few days prior to your trip, this way if there's something you absolutely need, there is time to remember it. 

However, keep in mind that no matter what you forget, you can probably repurchase at your destination, so there's no need to get cranky over forgotten items. 

Have a pink-tastic day!


  1. Beautiful post my dear! Amazing blog! NEW POST

  2. I couldn't agree more. These are indeed summer holiday essentials. Thanks for sharing and enjoy your Sunday.

  3. They are all indeed a must have summer essentials, great post.

  4. All the points you mentioned are my essentials :)
    An Aesthetic Alien | Instagram

  5. Great post. I couldn't agree more with what you said. Books are usually among the first thing I pack. I love reading whilst on holiday.

  6. I totally agree with all of your essentials! And you're so right about the water...I always stash a bottle by my bedside when on holiday.
    Christina ♥

  7. Your summer holiday essentials are just on point!Have an awesome summer and I hope your time spent on the shore is just perfect!

    Alexandra ~ Impavid Blog

  8. Du hast so recht mit deiner Auflistung!! Ich kann im Sommer auf jeden Fall auch nicht auf Bücher verzichten. Aber eigentlich kann ich das im Ganzen Jahr nicht. Dennoch ist es besonders im Sommer schön, sich draußen mit einem schönen Buch hinsetzen zu können und die Sonnenstrahlen auf der Haut zu genießen. Dabei darf man wirklich aber nicht vergessen, genügend zu trinken ;)

    Liebe Grüße,
    Kathleen von

  9. All of them are a must! ;)


  10. Ohja! Sonnenschutz für die Lippen wird oft vergessen! Und auch für die Haare! Wer an den Strand fährt sollte unbedingt ein Sonnenschutzspray für das Haar einpacken! :)
    Bücher/Magazine und Urlaub gehören für mich einfach zusammen! :)
    Liebe Grüße, Leni

  11. Books are a must-have! Love this post. x

    Farah Zaki

  12. I keep forgetting to buy a tangle teezer they look so good! And books and water are definitely essentials! x


  13. The sun cream is definitely a must have , unfortunately I couldn't pack my sun hat into my suitcase because because it was going look all squashed and rumpled by the time I arrive. Thanks for sharing these tips.

  14. Water is a must! Great list girlie.

    XO, Jessi

  15. Thanks for sharing these essentials. Sun screen is so important




  16. Thanks for this useful post! Definitely don't forget the cables! ;)

    Bella Pummarola

  17. You are full of fantastic tips. Thanks for sharing beauty

    Filipa xxx | Instagram

  18. I'm agree with all these points...I add also earphones for listening a good music^^

  19. These are all of my essentials too, water, books, and sunscreen must always be there!

    My Vogue Style |

  20. These are all so practical and true! I'm totally with you on the sunscreen one too, girl!
    -Kate //

  21. wow great post

  22. So agree with these essentials! Thanks for sharing! =)

    - Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  23. Sehr schöner Post, tolle Must Haves! :)

    Liebe Grüße
    Jimena von

  24. Great tips for summer holiday:)

  25. Eeep! I've never heard of "after sun" skin products before! Aloe is SO good for the body and healing so I am definitely looking forward to further investigating this beauty product!!

    All the Cute 🎀

  26. Sunscreen is really the top list of essential thing in summer holiday, nice post Carina! Anyway, if I could add one more, maybe camera or phone with camera, because we always want to keep the memories of our holiday, right? :)



  27. Very good tips for the summer holiday, nice post


  28. Of course! These 5 are totally the essence of summer!

    xx Margaret

  29. Beautiful post!!!

  30. Great post dear!

  31. great post

  32. Totally agree :P

    Federica Di Nardo

  33. These are definitely musts!! Great list!


  34. I agree with all of your tips)) For me summer is the right time to travel and read near the water))

  35. Sunhats and books! That's all i need. :)
    Great post!

    Jade -

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  37. You forgot the hair comb? I've forgotten toothbrush!
    Always have sunscreen. And water is very essential!
    Kisses, Aline

  38. Great post!!

    xo CCMonai


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