Holiday bag

Over the summer months, like most parents, I take my children on a variety of day trips. Holiday packing is challenging when going solo, and even more so when packing for 2 little ones too. The clothes, security blankies, favourite teddies and medical emergency items all squeezed into little wheely luggage cases… that’s where my beauty items take a back seat… luckily for me, I have a great range of multi-taskers to ensure I don’t miss out. I’m a big fan of natural remedies, many of which are great multi-taskers and kid-friendly so you get maximum use out of them.

Here’s what I pack in my travel essentials bag…

My Summer Essentials

Spray-on SPF50 skin protection is the first Summer item I buy for my children. They take a bottle each to school for applying at playtime. I usually buy another one for holidays and the spray bottles are easy for the children to apply themselves on the go. I have taught my children from a young age about sun protection so that they form good skincare habits into adulthood.

SPF face primer is a summer essential, and I like to wear it solo when I’m on holiday. With my South-Asian complexion, I tan very very easily, and am never without facial sunscreen from Spring through to Autumn. I usually use an Ambre Solaire face cream with SPF when on holiday but I do find it a bit greasy on the skin. I’d rather have greasy residue rather than go without, but last summer I had samples of Benefit Dream Screen and La Roche Posay Anthelios.  I tried both but never got on well with either, so stuck with my trusty Garnier Ambre Solaire Sensitive Face & Neck SPF50+.

Aloe Vera Gel

The Body Shop Aloe Soothing Gel is my Aloe Vera gel of choice. It doubles up as a cooling, hydrating moisturiser but also great for sunburn, prickly heat, sore feet (lots of walking and queuing) and chapped skin. My daughter has eczema and in the sun this can get quickly irritated when out and about in the sun. I can slip this little tube into my handbag and slip some aloe vera gel on her skin as soon as dry patches appear and before they get sore and irritated.


Rosewater spray/ mist is great for keeping myself and the kids cool during the day. I carry rosewater around in my handbag all year round as well. As I get through a lot of it, I buy a 1l Simply Professional Rosewater bottle from my local pro beauty supplier and decant into a travel bottle for everyday use.
A lanolin lip balm is a good multi-tasker as I use it for my own chapped lips or on the children when they get small cuts or grazes. For pure lanolin I use Lanolips 101 Ointment or Dr Lipp Nipple Balm For Lips. Along with Nelsons Arnica cream (helps sooth and heal bruises) and Sterex Witch Hazel gel (to heal and treat mosquito and insect bites), lanolin gel or lip balm makes up my holiday/ days out first aid kit for my children.


holiday make-up
I travel super-light when it comes to holiday make-up. For base I just use a corrector (Bobbi Brown Corrector in Dark Peach) and concealer (Illamasqua Concealer in shade 215).

I usually skip mascara unless I’m attending an event or party, so all I need to finish off my holiday face is Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner and a matte lip cream, usually Mirenesse Mattfinity Lip Rouge or NYX Matte Lip Cream. I can double-up the lip cream as a blush by dabbing a little on the cheekbones, spritzing with rosewater and then blending out with a handbag-friendly travel make-up brush (I carry a Real Techniques Mini Brush Set when I’m on-the-go). I rarely wear a full face of make-up when I’m on holiday and usually just add a slick of eyeliner and some matte lip cream and I’m out. If I have a fancy dinner one evening I will pop on a little undereye corrector and some concealer but can usually go foundation-free when on holiday.

So there you have it. My capsule collection of health and beauty items for summer.