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Summer Holiday Essentials

Planning a holiday to a tropical destination or a staycation closer to home? We’ve rounded up the ultimate shopping guide of holiday essentials, to make this Summer the best one yet!

1. Sun Protection

As the weather gets warmer and the days get longer, it’s time to gear up for a Summer to remember – first up, skin protection. SPF is an essential item to protect your skin from the summer sun. Explore the high-quality sunscreen lotions, sprays and creams available at Boots, Thérapie Clinic, The Body Shop, Lush and more!

Discover the ultimate sun protection makeup at KIKO, from their invisible SPF stick to after-sun nourishing dry oil, embrace the summer sun safely. Achieve the iconic glowy and sun kissed makeup look with popular products from Morphe, Charlotte Tilbury in Fenwick and The Body Shop that include SPF, to protect your skin this summer.


Protect yourself from the sun with a stylish sunhat or cap from Accessorize or Claire’s. Shop the essential gadget of the season – a handheld mini fan, available at Men Kind and John Lewis & Partners.

2. Beach & Pool Essentials

Hit the beach or pool in style with the latest swimwear and beach accessories for the whole family, available from retailers like Accessorize, New Look, Hollister and Victoria Secret. Explore inclusive sizing and extra-support designs at Bravissimo to feel confident and carefree, this Summer.

Beach towels are a must – and why not make a statement with a bold pattern or vibrant print? Shop a wide selection of styles available in M&S, John Lewis & Partners and Fenwick.

Keep the kids entertained with affordable pool inflatables, water guns, kites and more, available at The Works. 

3. Travel Essentials

Prepare for your weekend getaway or holiday in the sun with stylish luggage available at M&S, Fenwick, Typo and John Lewis & Partners. Be extra organised when travelling with a passport holder or travel wallet from Claire’s.

Shop beach bags and backpacks perfect for travelling, going to the beach or days out with the family at Accessorize.

4. Summer Style

Stay cool and comfortable in the Summer sun with lightweight clothing options from retailers like H&M, Monki and Mango. Explore a the season’s hottest styles including dresses, flowy tops, and breathable shorts that are perfect for exploring new destinations in the sun.

Shop kids clothing essentials including shorts, t-shirts and dresses at Reiss kids in John Lewis & Partners.

Discover stylish sunglasses to protect your eyes from the rays at Sunglass Hut, NEXT or Vision Express.

Add the finishing touches to your look with sparkling, statement jewellery from Pandora or Swarovski to complete your look from day to night!

Comfortable shoes are a must when exploring a new destination or making the most of the warmer days in the UK. Adults and kids can book a fitting with Clarks, Charles Clinkard and Skechers to find their go-to shoe of the season. Why not visit Office and schuh to stock-up on sandals, flipflops and trendy trainers to complete your Summer style!

5. Dining, al fresco style

Soak up the sun and make the most of the warmer evenings with outdoor dining essentials from stores like NEXT and M&S. Stock up on picnic blankets, portable coolers, and stylish picnicware to enjoy al fresco dining in the park or backyard.

Nothing beats a barbeque with friends and family. Explore the range of affordable BBQs available at Argos, today!

Explore our diverse range of retailers and discover the perfect holiday and staycation essentials to make this Summer extra special.

Fancy a drink to cool off after a day of shopping? Explore our guide of the top spots to visit, here.