5 products you should always carry in your summer handbag

Summer usually calls for a complete overhaul of our wardrobe, but sometimes we neglect to consider what we put in our handbags. Sun and hot temperatures can damage your skin, so you should try to ensure that you have the essentials at hand when you’re out and about.




In the summer, along with your natural tanning products, sunscreen should be added to your morning beauty regimen. However, it doesn’t last all day, so if you’re going to be out all day, you’ll definitely need to reapply. Invest in a smaller size tube of your favourite sunscreen and keep it in your summer handbag so you know it’s always there when you need it.

Lip balm (with SPF protection)

Your lips are one of the most vulnerable parts of your face all year round. In the winter, they need to battle against cold winds, and in the summer it’s easy for them to become dry from overexposure to the sun. A basic lip balm with SPF protection can fit in the smallest of bags and is easy to reapply throughout the day.

Blotting papers

A packet of pocket-sized blotting papers will be your best friend when you need to wipe away any excess oil and reduce shine. The great thing about blotting papers is that they can double, and even triple up, as other useful products. Use a sheet to help your makeup stay put, or even to dab up any excess oil in your roots that may be making your hair look greasy or dull.

Facial wipes

While blotting papers can do the trick, sometimes you need to start your makeup from scratch. After a long day in the sun, you’ll be thankful for a product that you can use to refresh yourself so that you can go from day to night without that feeling of patchy foundation or clogged mascara.

A reusable water bottle

Hydration is important all year round, but especially in the summer months when the temperature rises. Having a reusable water bottle in your bag won’t only save you money, but you’ll be doing your bit to reduce the amount of plastic that’s polluting the oceans. You can easily fill it up at work or in public restrooms when you’re on the go. Look for something made from BPA-free stainless steel to keep your drink cooler for longer.

Hope you’re having a fantastic summer so far! 

Saving Money on Your Dream Vacation

If you’re looking to save money on your dream vacation this summer the best advice is to get start as soon as possible for cheap travel requires some planning in advance. In part, this is because the closer you get to departure, the less availability there is on flights, and with regard to the economic principle of supply and demand the price has a tendency to go up rather than down a the plane starts to fill up.

If you’re the type of person that just puts things on a credit card, and saving money is something you’re into, it might be worth looking into debt consolidation loan companies as a way to save a lot of money on the fees and interest associated with borrowing on credit cards, as this way, with the money you save – you can put into your travel fund.

This article looks at the two largest expenses associated with travel; flights and accommodation and offers some tips on how to save money within these areas.



Flights can make a huge dent in your travel budget, however, if you invest some time into searching for cheap flights via comparison engines such as SkyScanner or Momondo you can save a huge amount of money.

With SkyScanner, if you can be flexible, you will find the cheapest flights by searching for the “whole month” rather than a specific date and for all flights going to a particular country rather than a city (e.g. UK rather than London) as with this level of flexibility you’ll get to see some of the best deals you might not have considered otherwise.  

In summary, the more flexible you can be in terms of your travel dates and locations, the cheaper deals you will find, which when you consider you can save upwards of $500 per ticket, simply by changing the date or flying to an airport that’s an hour out of the city you want to be in – it’s worth looking into.



A further large expense that can be equally taxing on your purse, or wallet, is that of accommodation; even in countries known for being cheap such as South East Asia, staying in a decent hotel meaning a standard that is equivalent to what you’re used to – will cost a fair amount of money.

The option to rent a property on a site like AirBnB is often significantly cheaper than staying in a hotel, plus you tend to have use of the kitchen, which means you can keep costs down n food… and it also allows for authentic and culturally integrated experience.

The last thing to consider, if you’re on a super tight budget is that there are sites such as workaway and house sitting sites that are good for long term travellers as these are both ways to obtain free accommodation.

There are numerous ways to save on your dream vacation – it all depends on how determined you are to go!