Are you going away this summer?

Heading to the beach, sightseeing an ancient city, or partying away with your girls? No matter where youre going on summer holiday, a few too many of us are guilty of packing a huge amount of stuff that we know well never use but take just in case. Weve put together a little edit of our summer holiday essentials, so youll never again have to pay extra for the slightly over weight suitcase. Woops!

Going anti-clockwise round our edit: first up, sunglasses! One of the main essentials for any summer holiday. Round retro sunnies have stuck around in the fashion stakes so be sure to snap up a pair for yourself. The frame on these colourful glasses from Accessorize have a metal edge for a touch of individuality.
Zesty wedges are perfect for a sunny vacation. Comfy wedge heels can be taken from day to night and neon colours are bang on trend this summer. Our pick is available from Zalando in pink and orange as well.
These floaty Topshop shorts are just so cute and appropriate for any occasion, from partying on the strip to a day out sightseeing to a casual stroll on the beach. Shorts are an essential. Plus, who doesnt love pink!
Another absolute must-have on any holiday: sun cream. Nivea are renowned for their sun safety products and have an allergy cream even for the most sensitive of skin. Superdrug currently have a 1/2 price offer on, so be sure to snap it up quickly!
If like us, you don't go as brown as you would like in the sun, don't rush it! Just top up your tan with a layer of our Sunkissed Instant Self-Tan Mousse, it'll give you extra colour in the evening and develop a deeper colour overnight...so don't forget to wash-off the guide colour before hitting the pool in the morning!
The issue of holiday make-up can be tricky. The same products you use at home can be a nightmare to deal with in exotic temperatures and packing lots of pots, bottles, and brushes can just add to the stress of packing! This nifty Sunkissed Lip & Eye Palette contains all you'll need a great selection of 12 eye shades and 3 luscious lip colours in Cherry, Mocha and Sweet pink, in a neat little mirrored compact case.
Holiday make-up should never be heavy; light and natural is the way to go. You wouldnt overload and weigh down your hair in the heat, so you shouldnt do the same to your skin! Popping this cute palette in your suitcase means you neednt give holiday make-up a second thought:
We asked our Twitter followers which their favourite waterproof mascara was, all in the name of holiday make-up! The most-loved mascara was Benefits Theyre Real!, which is renowned for its 'stay-put-ability' so you can jump in the pool without having to worry about panda eyes! It promises to lengthen, curl, volumise, lift, AND separate lashes, and is a favourite of Sunkisseds followers!
Maxi dresses and aztec prints are two more must-haves for a summer holiday, and they go hand in hand with each other in this number from New Look. Stand out from the crowds and look hot while keeping cool in a printed maxi:
Many of us find we end up with completely different hair on holiday than we do back home, and sometimes it can be difficult to tame! Do the smart thing and invest in a hat to cover up those frizzy days, as well as protecting yourself from the sun. This straw trilby from Accessorize is cute as well as sophisticated and good for any occasion. Tip: wrap a bright scarf or ribbon round the base for a touch of individuality  Another item no girl should be without her bikini! A classic triangle bikini never goes out of style and a bright colour means you wont get washed out in the crowds on the beach. We love this embellished bikini from River Island:
Last but certainly not least if you forget this one item then you wont need the others. Your PASSPORT! That one goes without saying
 

WE WANT TO KNOW!

Where are you going on holiday this summer? Are there any other essentials you think weve missed out of our edit? If so, let us know, we wouldnt want to leave out any must-haves from our suitcases