Explore our holiday checklist

Surf’s Up:
The Summer
Holiday Checklist

While it might feel like they’ve been waiting forever, kids around the country are finally on their school summer holidays. If you’re celebrating their time off school with a family trip, you might be panicking about what to pack. After all, whether or not you remember your child’s favourite swimwear can make or break any vacation.

Preparing for a holiday doesn’t need to be stressful. To ensure you don’t forget a single thing this summer (not even beach shoes), we’ve created a checklist including essentials such as beach towels and holiday clothes.

1. Swimwear

If you’re lucky enough to be visiting sunnier shores this summer, then swimming is a must. A great way to exercise and cool off, there’s nothing better than spending an afternoon by the pool or sea.

Be transported to a tropical place with this bikini's fun print

Adorned with a hibiscus print and boasting sequin details, this pink swimsuit is made for your sense of adventure

To ensure you make a stylish splash wherever you’re heading, give your swimwear a new-season update. Whether you prefer full-coverage swimsuits, tankinis or bikinis, we have styles for all tastes and body types.

This year, we can’t get enough of tropical-themed swimwear. From botanical motifs and exotic flowers to beachy colours, this print is perfect for helping you to keep palm and carry on – even when the kids are tired and hungry!

2. Beach

To ensure you and your family make the most of all the sun, sea and sand, you’re going to need to be well equipped. From remembering a bat and ball to packing protective essentials like sun cream and sun hats, there are plenty of items to fit into your beach bag.

This cloche hat is created in a lightweight paper weave with a self-tie bow

Featuring a display of pink flamingos, this blue chevron beach towel from is made from 100% cotton

One thing sunseekers can’t do without is a beach towel. Allowing you to relax in style, we recommend picking one with a jazzy print or pattern to help spot yours on a crowded coastline.

3. Suitable Shoes

We all have our favourite warm-weather activities, whether that’s reading by the pool or visiting tourist attractions. However you choose to spend your time, you’re going to need the right kind of shoes.

An essential year after year, you’ll be completing every outfit with these versatile purple flip flops

Comfy, water-resistant and easy to wipe clean, these jelly sandals are perfect for trips to the beach or days by the pool

While flip-flops will be your go-to for sandy shores, jelly shoes are brilliant for little ones exploring pebbly beaches. If you’re planning adventures off the beaten track, pack blister plasters alongside supportive footwear.

4. Holiday

Since you’ve probably been counting down the days ‘till your trip, you’re going to want to look and feel your best when you’re there. Even so, dressing to impress is difficult when you’re short on packing space.

Match a crisp white top with khaki shorts

Pop on this tropical wrap skirt with a strappy cami and get ready to hit the beach

To solve this problem, try picking out a few star items that can be worn in different ways. From pairing statement skirts with swimsuits, cami tops and shirts to dressing up and down all-purpose chino shorts, savvy packing will guarantee a fashionable holiday wardrobe.

5. Making Memories

While it’s easy to get caught up perfecting your packing, the real purpose of a family holiday is to spend quality time together. Although too many photographs can spoil the moment, making sure you document the trip will let you remember the fun for years to come.

This contemporary update on the classic bucket bag is this season’s answer to crossbody couture

This circular crossbody bag is a real retro style saver

With this in mind, you’re going to want a safe place to store your phone or camera, like a cross-body bag or a rucksack. This way, you and your family will be photo-ready for all the gorgeous sunsets and scenery.

If you’re planning a staycation instead of a trip abroad this summer, check out our charcoal and gas BBQ selection, as well as our stylish and comfy garden furniture, including bistro sets and patio sets.