Travel sets for a hot winter holiday (an oxymoron)

My trip to Zanzibar

My trip to Zanzibar

If you’ve had the foresight to book a trip away somewhere hot for the holidays this year, then know that I envy you and would love to sneak into your suitcase! I’ve done it a couple of times before (not the suitcase bit, the hot holiday bit) and absolutely loved it. Having something to look forward to at the end of the year, escaping from the cold, rewarding yourself for a year of hard work, topping up on much needed vitamin D, etc.

Of course, it gets busy towards the end of the year so getting organised with all the bits and pieces that you need isn’t always easy. Plus the shops are packed full of gifts and not really much in the way of summer holiday essentials. Or are they? I think this time of year is perfect for stocking up on holiday beauty essentials – so many gift sets to choose from that are such good value.

So, as I am fantasising about being away somewhere hot, I have had a trawl through what is available right now that I would want to take on holiday with me, and maybe it will inspire you too…

Japonesque safari chic mini brush set

Japonesque safari chic mini brush set

How adorable are these Japonesque brushes! Handmade, synthetic brushes with a cool animal print housed in a microfiber matching case. I’d love to have these for my handbag now! You can buy them from John Lewis for £28.

Wild cow invigorating travel candles

Wild cow invigorating travel candles from Cowshed

When away, I like to create a familiar ambiance (plus some rooms smell a bit funny) so these travel candles from Cowshed are a great to take your favourite smells away with you. Each candle has a 10 hour burn time and they are free from chemicals, palm, paraffin and petroleum waxes. This one smells of lemongrass, ginger and rosemary – invigorating and fresh. There are more in the range to choose from. They are £22 and can be bought from their shop or online.

Percy & Reed magnificent moisture totally tempting treat pack

Percy & Reed magnificent moisture totally tempting treat pack

I love Percy & Reed products – I have their Reassuringly firm session hold hairspray and Frankly flawless finishing polish. And this cute travel size pack is all you’ll need whilst away – it contains their Splendidly silky moisturising shampoo and conditioner, and Eau my goodness shine and fragrance spray, which is a gloss spray and hair perfume all in one. It’s £15 and I’ve found it on feelunique.com.

Bumble and bumble surf travel set

Bumble and bumble surf travel set

Now if you’re into the more beach babe, wavy hair look then this kit from Bumble & bumble is the one to go for. It contains their surf shampoo, conditioner and surf spray helping your hair to look sexy on the beach. I love that lived-in look for holiday, plus it means less time in the bathroom and more time in the sun / on the beach! It’s £18 from feelunique.com.

this works in transit travel bag

this works in transit travel bag

this works in transit range is known to be effective. Just take a look online at all the rave reviews. This travel bag contains their in transit skin defence (a favourite in the Grazia office) which is packed full of botanicals, has an SPF of 30 (UVA/UVB broad spectrum), is highly moisturising and suitable for sensitive skins; their in transit spray-on moisture which is great for both the plane ride and on the beach, to keep skin cool, hydrated and fresh; and their in transit first aid which is a natural way to soothe itches, bites, burns and spots – handy for those sensitive to mosquito bites. And all of these come in a lovely red travel bag. It’s £45 and can be bought at feelunique.com too.

Weleda body wash gift set

Weleda body wash gift set

And finally, some delicious body washes to cleanse the sun cream or sea or salt from the skin. And it’s nice to take something that smells great, is a little bit luxurious and highly moisturising. I have longer showers when away and these organic body washes from Weleda are perfect – the set contains 3 washes – sea buckthorn, citrus and lavender, each great for creating the right mood at the start, middle or end of the day.

Tomorrow, travel sets for a cold holiday away. Happy holidays 🙂

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