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I'm leaving for my holiday to Marbella soon and I thought it would be a lovely idea to do another one of my essentials posts (find all of the previous posts here). Now that my instagram and facebook are being flooded by photos of amazing places that I would love to visit as well, I felt like now was the right time to do a beach/holiday essentials post. I always carry pretty much the same things along with me for a day at the pool/beach so these really are my essentials for summer. Let's just hop right into the post!

A bikini is a necessity when you're going on holiday. Unless you're going to a really cold country to spend your summer holiday... And like half of the women on this planet, I hate buying bikini's. It's just hard to find the right one, my body is out of proportion, I don't feel comfortable trying bikini's on in a store and I sure as hell can't seem to find any that I like. The Triangl bikini's are just absolutely stunning but I really can't be bothered to spend $80 on a bikini, so when I found this white one from Forever 21 when I was in Antwerp I had to get it. It looked so similar and if I ever want to buy a Triangl bikini I would have to see if I would like it first, so I decided to buy this one which was like half the price of a Triangle bikini! I think I might have to get myself a Triangl bikini next year though! ;)

Next are magazines and books, I am a big lover of books, especially when I'm on holiday. I'm basically a big sucker for reading. I usually go through at least 4 books on holiday. My love for reading got so  bad that my dad told me to get a Kindle last year because I was putting books in all of my parent's suitcases. In my opinion it doesn't get any better than tanning by the pool while reading a book. It's one of my favourite things about summer holidays. I am currently re-reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky as I just felt like it was necessary because I loved this book so much. 
And of course magazines can't miss out on a summer holiday. Because what if I finish my books?! What else do I have to read? I usually buy magazines at the airport. I always buy myself a copy of Vogue UK, Elle Magazine and Company magazine just has to come on holiday too! 

Texturising spray is something that is new to my holiday essentials list. My hair is normally just weird when I'm at the pool, so nowadays I tend to carry my Evo Mister Fantastic Texture Spray with me. This is great, because you can just spray it on wet hair when you're out of the pool and your hair looks all pretty and textured. However, I wouldn't think this is really necessary when you're at the beach, because the beach makes your hair look awesome without you even trying! 

Tanning Lotion is necessary when you're on holiday. My mum always tells me how important it is to use SPF so I always want to use SPF! I always use it when I'm tanning in the sun and my family and I are normally not that picky when it comes to SPF. We usually get our SPF on holiday so we tend to go for Nivea, Piz Buin, Hawaiian Tropic or Garnier Ambre Solaire. My brother picked this Garnier Ambre Solaire tanning oil up the other day, but the SPF is way too low for my liking, especially since we're not that tan yet when we will arrive in Marbella, so I picked this same tanning oil up in a SPF 15 which is more to my liking. Anyway, SPF is very important so we can't go on a holiday or go on a trip to the beach without SPF! 

I used to get bad headaches from the sun, so a hat has been very necessary for me on holiday. I just got this hat at a local market in Marbella a few years ago to prevent myself from getting any worse headaches. If you're like me and get headaches in the sun or even if you don't want your face to be as tan as the rest of your body wear a hat! Hats are cool! I still need to get myself a pretty one this year so that will definitely be the first purchase I will make when I'm on holiday! 

My last essential for the summer holiday is iced coffee. I've been LOVING iced coffee lately and my parents have noticed as I'm this bouncing ball bouncing around the house when I had a bit too much iced coffee. I just make these myself as it's super easy (recipe will be up soon!). Hydrating your body in general is very important, especially when you're on holiday so I also drink lots of water besides the litres of iced coffee that I drink! ;)

So those are my essentials for a summer holiday besides the boring old beach towel and bottle of water. I would love to know what your holiday/beach essentials are and if and where you're going away/already went away for your summer holiday! Because I'm just that nosy you know.. ;) Have an amazing summer!! 


  1. Ahh these are all such great picks! Love this post xx
    Julia in Disguise

  2. Perfect post! I actually thought that was a Triangl bikini when I saw the picture, it's a great dupe. Also love Perks of Being a Wallflower and ice coffee is the most refreshing thing ever in summer!

  3. Wat een leuke post en die bikiniii <3

    Liefs Nora /


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