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Holiday Must Haves 2018

I keep dreaming of packing up my suitcase and heading off on a trip, I'm not 100% sure where I want to go, but it wouldn't be too hot or too cold, it would definitely be somewhere I could get some winter sun and somewhere I could lay back and just get over the dark and dull of the UK. Of course, if you are heading away on holiday be it by yourself to a far-flung isle, with friends and family to have some fun at Disney or on a school trip to New York there is always room to get a few new essentials.

Holidays Must Haves suncream, clothes, accessories, luggage holder

Sun Protection.

If you are heading somewhere warm and sunny you, of course, need to make sure you pack your sun protection*. There is a whole host of options from creams to sprays and rollerballs which offer differing amounts of protection so make sure you do your homework to know exactly what you should be buying to keep you perfectly protected for your destination.


A must-have of any holiday is new clothes, no matter if you intend to be spending most of your time chilling by the pool, or exploring the local history and hotspots, there is never a better reason then a holiday to get a few new things for your wardrobe. Personally, I am loving this Plus Jen Disney Minnie Sketch Oversized Top* as the first thing I might add to my holiday buys.


If you are heading somewhere sunny and no that doesn't have to mean hot, just think of the low winter sun we get right here in the UK. Personally, I wear sunglasses throughout the year so it is always nice to treat myself to a new pair and these Black Gunmetal Butterfly Sunglasses from Givenchy at TKMaxx.


One of perhaps the most important things when your travelling is luggage, take it from someone who has had luggage disasters in the past you want to make sure it isn't going to fall apart on you. If you've had your suitcase for a while and it perhaps seems like it could be replaced then there are some really nice ideas out there.

So there are a few holiday must-haves for 2018, of course, things like books, swimwear, and things to do need to be adding to the list just to name a few missing ideas.

What are your holiday must-haves?

*This is a collaborative post.

This article has 83 comments

  1. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    My biggest travel must haves are a good pair of shades and excellent luggage. Those two things incredibly important tome.

  2. georgia boanoro

    I love the Disney tshirt and the blue luggage!

  3. Rhian Westbury

    That minnie top is adorable. My essentials are bite cream and after sun as I always forget them and end up coming back burnt or bitten x

  4. Joan Cajic

    This is very appropriate for my holiday planning this year, which I already know where I am going to go and this is a reminder since I tend to forget sun protection which is silly but always happens.

  5. Jay Colby

    Great post I love traveling. My holiday must haves for travel is luggage and sunglasses.

  6. Aditi Kulkarni

    I’d add a good book to the list of travel must haves! I don’t have my next vacation planned but your post makes me want to take a break and go away.

  7. Tee

    Great tips and things I hadn’t thought about with traveling. Thanks for sharing.

  8. marysa

    This is a good list of necessities for travel. We just went on a big trip and got a bunch of these, and I can see also needing to replace a bunch of these as luggage wears out, sunscreen expires, etc.

  9. Dana Brillante-Peller

    Eyewear is key, you always want to protect yourself from the sun’s UV rays. Also, clothing is important. You want to plan ahead whether or not dress warm or to get dressed at all 🙂 Bathing suits and flip flops are always in style.

    • Sarah-Louise Bailey

      Most definitely you want to make sure you know what you are likely to encounter and make sure you’re ready for it – no use packing like your just going to be at home all day.

  10. Rosemary

    You are so right about needing sunscreen and sunglasses. Even if the day is overcast and doesn’t feel hot, protection is important.

  11. Rose

    The snow just melted from last week’s first snow of the year. Today is 70° I’ll wait till tomorrow to go on vacation.

  12. Amber

    You’ve reminded me I need to get some better luggage. Mine is falling apart. I really like the one pictured here. I need one with a hard case. The soft ones always get stained or scratched.

  13. Everyday Made Fresh

    These are all great picks for going on a vacation in just about any location. Sunglasses and sunscreen are always my must haves.

  14. adstanfield25

    Sunscreen is so important; especially in tropical climates where sun exposure can be harsh! I love that blue suitcase as well!

  15. Corinne and Kirsty

    I think my main must have is a sunscreen! I am quite tanned naturally but I also burn very quickly!

  16. Mellissa Williams Luxe Lifestyle & Travel Blogger (@melandjake99)

    That Minnie top is gorgeous! I’m in need of a new suitcase for my next trip so will need to buy one soon, eek

  17. Megan Tan

    Its never to early to plan for my 2018 holiday. These must have list is include in my “o buy list”.

  18. kraushousemom

    I always bring a journal to write things down. It never fails that something ridiculous happens to me and I want to remember every detail.

  19. Patricia-Ann Que

    can’t go without sun block, wet wipes and a notebook! been travelling for ten years and this three is a must!

  20. The Cubicle Chick

    We want to head to Disney this fall before the start of school. Great list. – yolonda

  21. Heidi

    I’m planning a trip to Europe. I definitely need to look into quality luggage. I still have my luggage from college 20 years ago!

  22. Charli Bruce

    Sun protection and sunglasses are always something I forget when going away, I always have it planned and even bought but somehow forget to pack them. I’m then left to buy them at such extortionate prices when I’m away. This was such a great post Sarah x

  23. Jennifer

    I just bought a new suitcase and sunglasses for this year!

  24. forkwardthinkingfoodinista

    sun protection is so important and often forgot. A quality hard wearing case is key without it im lost as it helps to keep my travel organised x

  25. Ali || Veggies by Candlelight

    We try and get new luggage around every 3-4 years. We always make sure to bring sunscreen to any place that we’ll be outside.

  26. laurence (@thethriftescape)

    oh yeah, these are my must haves to when I go for a vacation. Especially in Summer, I can’t wait!

  27. kirstyralph11

    Sun protection is a must even in winter climates. For me a good book and headphones would make me very happy on a holiday!

  28. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    I definitely consider sunscreen a must have for me. It’s so important to protect our skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

  29. Farrah Less G.

    I am so ready for what 2018 can offer. Traveling is my passion and I love it.

  30. Amy H

    I ALWAYS forget my sunglasses when I go on vacation. I’m always so worried about getting everything for the kids taken care of, that I tend to forget simple things like sunglasses. lol. I think I have a nice collection of 5 or 6 from vacations that I’ve had to purchase….

  31. Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog

    I would give anything to pack up and go to the Caribbean. The weather here has been crazy. One day it will be freezing and the next will be warmer. The constant changes always irritates my allergies.

  32. Helen

    All of these (and my passport) are the first things I check and replace if needed when we’re going away. Sun protection is so important even if it’s not really hot. I’m terrible at forgetting to pack a hair brush when we go on holiday…though this last time I remembered that and forgot my flipflops!

  33. Chilling with Lucas

    I love that tshirt! I have used that suncream before too, it makes your skin lovely and soft. Another must have is hair serum to stop the frizz x

  34. Fatima D Torres

    Having the right pair of sunglasses can make a difference! We love vacationing in warmer climates.

  35. miljance93mommysup

    Yes to asunscreen, even during the winter time!

  36. Anosa Myrabev Malanga

    Definitely looking forward for summer. Sunglasses, swimsuits and sunscreen are really my must haves.

  37. Adaleta Avdic (@adaatude)

    Yes to sunscreen and sunglasses! Protecting your skin and eyes is so important.

  38. Dannii

    Good luggage is so important and that’s something I want to invest in this year. I have always bought the cheap stuff before and it just falls apart.

  39. Harriet from Toby & Roo

    I need some new suitcases for our holiday this year, we’re going away a few times and I absolutely need some! H x

  40. Amila Wickramarachchi

    This is a great reminder to prepare for the next holiday.Sunscreen is something that I need to buy at this moment.And,of course some new clothes too!

  41. beccajtalbot

    I have a few more holiday must-haves to add to the list: bug spray (because no matter where I am in the world, I always get bitten!), a good book, a puzzle book (essential hehe) and a portable charger! x

  42. Helen Swales

    I’m a bit of a panic-buyer for holiday clothes, in the few days before we go I rush out because I don’t think I have enough items to wear, only to usually bring the new items home unworn but needing washing as they have that damp suitcase smell. I can now recognise my panic buying so hope I don’t do it for the next holiday.

  43. Margaret Gallagher

    I love them all
    Sunglasses are a must for me even on cloudy days

  44. ibiza tables

    I’m looking forward to the summer time and the good weather, but the weather forecast is rain, and bad weather for a long time … lovely sunglasses specially Ted Baker brand, cool style ^^

  45. A S,Edinburgh

    Great reminders, thank you. I take for granted that my luggage will hold up, but I probably shouldn’t!

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