8 Things I Won’t Go on Holiday Without This Year

If you’ve read my blog before, then you might know I’ve booked a summer holiday the past few years with my friends. Last year we went to Malia, this year we’re going to Zante. I love going away for a week in the sun and having laugh with them – even if I do come home a little worse for wear. We do all kinds of things on holiday, from boat parties to gigs and waterparks. I have come across many a trial and tribulation on holiday, so read on to learn how I overcame them and what I’ll be taking this year as a result:

Seasickness Tablets

I don’t know about you, but I get horribly seasick. I didn’t even know it was that bad until I tried to enjoy a boat part in Ibiza, and within a few minutes I could barely stand on my feet. I had to lie below deck with a load of other seasick people. There were quite a few, so I didn’t feel too embarrassed. I took tablets to Malia and felt fine on that boat party!

Mosquito Spray

I always get bitten to DEATH – my blood is like crack cocaine for mosquitos. Without mosquito spray and a few of those special bracelet thingys, I’d be so uncomfortable.

A High Factor Sunscreen

I’m naturally pale, so I always need a high factor sunscreen to protect my skin. I burn really easily, and buy a special cream for my face as well as one for my body. Everyone, whether pale or not should use a high factor…you shouldn’t take chances with your skin!

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A Dri-Dock

This magical invention allows you to take your phone with you scuba diving, white water rafting, and anywhere else it might get a little wet. You can take loads of amazing pictures this way without worrying about water, so I’m definitely taking a Dri-Dock this year!

A Hat

As I’m so pale, my scalp burns too. Poor me! I ended up buying a snapback hat in Ibiza a few years back and looked like a bit of a chav, but I’d rather that than a burnt head. This year I’ll take a nice summer hat of some kind to protect my little head.

Comfortable Shoes

I don’t know if this happens to any of you, but when I’m in a foreign hot country, my feet swell up. It’s gross. I don’t know why it happens, but wearing sandals or nice shoes of any kind becomes impossible. I can only take trainers and pumps on holiday because of this, and even then it can get painful. Yet I still go on because I’m a trooper!

Insurance

I haven’t had to think about insurance too much in the past, because I can get it free with my bank. However, I always double check that I still have it, because you never know what might happen on this kind of holiday. I’ve seen first hand how dangerous some things can be, and you never know when you might need it. Don’t take your chances – I’m not going to!

Cash in Reserve

You nearly always need more money than you thought you’d need. Try to stick to your budget, but have cash in reserve just incase.

I wouldn’t be able to enjoy myself properly if I didn’t have the 8 things listed here! Are you going on holiday? What will you be taking?

My 10 Favourite Haircare Tips

We all want to have luxurious, healthy looking hair, but for many of us it doesn’t come naturally. Naturally, I have very fine hair that just won’t hold a style. I make sure I use these 10 tips to protect it and make it look as pretty as possible – see what you think!

Never Style Without Heat Protection

I’ve been guilty of this in the past but I seriously wouldn’t dream of doing it now. I always spritz my hair with a good heat protectant before styling so that I don’t kill it off.

Use Oil

Pretty much any oil you can think of is good for your hair. I use one or two drops of Moroccan oil or something similar when it’s wet to smooth out the ends. You can even use a drop or two when your hair is dry and styled to finish it off, but be careful if you have naturally oily hair.

Make Sure Shampoo and Conditioner Suit Your Hair Type

When I had blonde hair (I’m a brunette at the moment), I used special blonde shampoo. Now I’ll use shampoo/conditioner for coloured hair or fine hair, because that’s what I have. Don’t blindly pick your shampoo and conditioner!

Invest in Heated Tools

The best heated tools will really compliment your hair and make a difference. They’ll usually heat up faster, create a better look, and last longer. Holding out until you find the best hair straightener is so worth it! I’ve had my GHDs for 7 years and they’re still going strong.

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Use Silk Pillowcases

By using a silk pillowcase, you’ll minimise damage done to your hair as you sleep. In fact, you should wake up to a fabulous feeling mane!

Go Easy on Products

Products are essential for prepping your hair and making it hold a style, but you should go easy on them. Your hair can easily hold on to products and this can affect the condition. Use your products wisely and sparingly.

Don’t Wash Too Much

OK, you might think I’m gross, but I’ll be honest: I was my hair twice a week maximum. OK, once a week. My hair is in great condition, and I just use dry shampoo when I need it. Washing your hair too much actually strips it of the natural oils that keep it healthy. It can also make your hair too used to the washing process, which means it gets greasy faster. Try to cut down and see how you feel.

Tie Your Hair Up When You Go to Bed

Keeping your hair down in bed is one way to get split ends and tangles. Instead, tie it up with a gentle hair tie – I love this kind as they don’t leave kinks in your hair!

Eat Foods That Are Good for Your Hair

Any type of food that is full of vitamins and nutrients is good for your hair. Foods that are especially good are full of healthy fats, like eggs and avocados.

Comb When Wet

Never brush your hair when it’s wet. This can cause your strands to snap and split. Instead, gently comb from the bottom to the top.

If you have any tips you swear by, leave them in the comments section!