What we’re packing for our summer holiday

We can’t wait to fly off on our summer holidays and this is what we’ve been busy packing:

We’ve uploaded the Stack music app onto our phone for what they call ‘Just Good Music’.  It’s a curated collection of music that you can either listen to live for free or pay a small monthly fee for a playback selection.  Think Barry White, Bjork, Johnny Cash and Bob Marley, all in one playlist with no ads or talking in-between.  It’s your summer playlist sorted.  Free or £2.49 per month from i-tunes.

We were lucky enough to be given a couple of these Bleecker& Love waterproof pouches last summer by a Greek friend and haven’t looked back.  Perfect for either storing your valuables on the beach and/or then for your wet swimming costumes at the end of the day.   €25 from 2TheLittleStore (who shipworldwide).

We bought this Helen Kaminski hand-made raffia bag a few years ago and, unusually for a summer beach-through-evening bag, it still looks good as new.  It holds all our kids toys/books and due to it’s secret leather patch on the underside of the shoulder strap, it’s very comfortable to wear too. £209 from Beach Cafe.

If, like us, you’re a magnet for all things buzzing and biting after dark, then we highly recommend that you grab some of this Myrtle and Citronella emulsion from Korres.  You can use it on toddlers 3 and upwards and it is completely DDT-free. Most of all though, it works! €13.50 from Korres

Great for both kids and grownups, these waterproof leather sandals (you can both go in the water and put them in the washing machine) have been going strong since the 1940s.  We’ve bought them for our kids for the last 2 years running and they’ve been fantastic. From £42 at Salt-Water Sandals.

And finally, we swear by our Norma Kamali swimsuits. They hide all your bulges and accentuate your curves in all the right places.  They also keep their shape well from year to year which, as they are an ‘investment’ swimsuit, is key.  This one is £250 from Net-A-Porter but they also have a slightly different red halterneck one on sale for £153 here.  I tend to buy them in the sales for next year as they annoyingly sell out of the popular sizes even at full price.

 

— Francesca
28th June 2017