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Your Holiday Checklist at Whiteley  

Whether you’re camping in Cornwall or lazing on a beach in Corfu, this summer is all about some much-needed downtime with family and friends basking in some sunshine.  

To make your life easier, we’ve put together a list of summer 2022 must-buys alongside holiday prep and useful essentials for city breaks, road trips, beach holidays, weekends away and long summer holidays. Just don’t forget your toothbrush.  

This summer’s holiday clothes and footwear

a model wearing a colourful dress
Image provided by M&S

This summer holiday season, colour and fun are back. Think ice-cream shades, 90s-style slip and prairie dresses with jumpsuits (H&M, Next, River Island, Marks & Spencer and Florence + Fred at Tesco all have gorgeous collections in now) plus discover sky-high platforms, summer sliders, ballet pumps, clogs and knee-high boots at schuh, Clarks, Sportsdirect and JD Sports.

Delicate and chunky gold chains (wear round bellies, hands and feet for Ibiza vibes), giant hoops and statement hair slides are leading the way in accessories (try Accessorize, Pandora, Claire’s, Beaverbrooks and Ernest Jones).

For evenings, wideleg trousers and oversize shirts are your go-to for easy tailoring (try H&M) while airport looks are all about neat-but-comfy joggers and sweatshirts (Marks & Spencer is particularly good thanks to its acclaimed athleisure collection).

Models one wearing a long gold and black dress and one wearin a black bikini top with patterned trousers and shirt
Image provided by River Island

For men, tropical print and board shorts with lightweight jackets and polos will instantly update his holiday wardrobe with bright citrus pops of colour and accessories that embrace the summer feelgood factor. Head to H&M, Fat Face, Florence + Fred at Tesco, Moss Bros and Next for breakout looks to suit him. For fresh out-the-box trainers and shoes, don’t miss schuh, Clarks and JD Sports.

A model wearing all peach clothing including shirt shorts and cap
Image provided by M&S

Get some new sunglasses

A model wearing sunglasses
Image provided by Next

When it comes to women’s sunglasses, colourful, oversize and angular frames are leading trends for s/s 2022 with men’s leaning more towards more conservative tortoiseshell and metal looks. Marks & Spencer, Boots, FatFaceAccessorize, Next and River Island are essential pre-holiday visits.

Swimwear for the pool and beach

A model wearing a pink bikini top and mint green bottoms.
Image provided by M&S

Swimwear has upped its game this season with colourful crochet, cutout slimline one pieces and 50s silhouettes making for wearable and universally good-looking pool and beachwear at Marks & Spencer, Accessorize, River Island and Next. Meanwhile for men, it’s sport-casual (think 70s-Californian running shorts) or more tailored finishes to give a slightly preppy look – try Fat Face and Next.

Bags and luggage for travelling

A model wearing black bikini and shirt and holding a straw tote bag
Image provided by Next

With high-street wonders from Next, River Island, Accessorize and H&M, the bum bag/banana sling/fanny pack is everywhere this summer and perfect for holiday packing. You’ll need to complement it with a useful tote though for those everyday vacation essentials – straw, crochet and colourful are leading the way.

round straw bag from Fat Face
Image provided by Fat Face

Pre-holiday prepping

Ready for your pre-holiday prep kit? Beauty professionals recommend a haircut two weeks before you arrive on holiday to remove any split ends and damage. Book your appointment at Barbers On The Square or Hair Ott. For a total body and face pre-holiday pamper, head to Skin Squared which offer spray tanning, massages, skin buffing treatments and nails. Plus, we’ve got a handy nailbar in Superdrug for essential holiday manis and pedis. Book in 2-3 days before you head off.

Must-buy SPF and skincare

In need of some Vitamin D? Don’t leave home without your SPF and sunscreens whatever your skintone (there are some excellent transparent sunscreens designed for darker skintones that won’t leave that annoying white residue). Even on cloudy summer days in the UK, you should be applying SPF when the UV index is at its highest between 11am and 3pm (remember that SPF moisturisers are good but no replacement for sun cream).

UVA causes skin ageing while UVB causes sunburn so when buying good sunscreen, look for a UVA logo with the letters UVA printed in a circle or choose a four of five-star UVA rating. UVB rays are responsible for the vast majority of sunburn cases and linked with increased risk of skin cancer; SPFs with 50+ offer the strongest forms of UVB protection and you should wear an SPF of at least 30 in the summer.

For children under the age of two, UVA clothing and broad-brimmed hats are excellent buys as they protect the back of the neck and ears as well as providing shade for the face. A sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and a high UVA protection should be applied to children every two to three hours. And, don’t forget your hair sunscreen too.

For all your skincare needs from go-to brands including L’Oreal, La Roche-Posay, Garnier, Avon and Nivea, try Boots, Superdrug and Tesco.

Beauty and travel essentials

From a signature summer fragrance to bronzers and lipsticks from The Body Shop (orange and pink vs neutrals), update your beauty bag before you get on board your flight at Boots and Superdrug. If you’re carrying your bags on the plane, remember to ensure you decant all your favourite items into 100ml travel sizes. Then, don’t forget essentials such as dry shampoo, moisturising conditioners for curls and Afro hair, waterproof mascaras that can be worn to the sea and pool and soothing body moisturisers and after-sun oils.

Plus there’s the practical bits: mosquito repellent sprays and plug-ins, anti-insect bite creams and antihistamines, ear plugs for the flight, Calpol, plasters and Sudocrem for children plus wet wipes and contact lens solution.

Holiday tech accessories – don’t forget your charger

If you don’t want to spend the first morning of your holiday trying to find the local pharmacy/tech supplier then now’s your chance to stock up on the holiday accessory essentials at WH Smith, Superdrug and Boots. Don’t forget essential hair straighteners and curlers, travel adaptors and hairdryers and take a travel charging unit in case anything goes walkabout and you desperately need to access tickets and contact details on your phone. You can also pick up handy passport and document folders at Smiggle so you don’t forget your paperwork.


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