12 summer essentials you cannot live without

You might not believe it to look out the window, but the Great British summer has arrived. Whether you’re jetting off somewhere warm and sunny or simply planning on enjoying a staycation with friends and family, here are twelve summer essentials you need to own this season.

A Sturdy Suitcase

Regardless of how far you’re travelling, a decent suitcase is a must. Picking something with four wheels makes life easier, with one good example being this easy to manoeuvre Tripp case from Debenhams.

Sleek Sunglasses

Everyone needs a cool pair of shades for the summer, whether you’re going somewhere exotic or sticking to the UK. You can’t go wrong with a pair of official Aviator Ray Bans, especially when you can customise them exactly to your own tastes.

A Pair of Shorts

Shorts are perfect summer attire for both men and women. Add a splash of colour to your wardrobe with these pretty Mia shorts for women from Monsoon, and the guys could try these Canyon Cargo shorts on for size from House of Fraser.

Fab Swimwear

If you’re heading for the beach or the local lido, how about this gorgeous halter-neck vintage-style bikini from John Lewis, or these classic Adidas water shorts?

Quality Sun Creams

Come rain or shine, you need to protect your skin over the summer months, and a high-quality sunscreen is essential. This holiday essentials pack from Nivea gives you everything you need in one handy little bag.

A Good Hat

A hat to keep the sun off your head is a must for adults and kids alike. This super-cute shark sun hat could be ideal for little ones, while a sophisticated option for women might be this timeless Phase Eight striped hat courtesy of Debenhams.

A Barbecue

We all like a good get-together over the summer, and a decent barbecue can be the perfect excuse for a party! This Weber barbecue could see you grilling like a pro (or trying to), or you could opt for a more compact version, like this cute Weber Smokey Joe version.

An Ice-Cube Tray

Who doesn’t want ice in their drink when the mercury soars? Lakeland have added some fun to the humble ice-cube tray with this Swim and Tonic tray.

Ultimate Hair Products

If you want beach texture hair but can’t get to the beach, this Toni & Guy salt texture spray could be the answer!

Solar Fairy Lights

Deck your garden out with these gorgeous solar bulb fairy lights and you’ll add some sparkle to al fresco dining this summer.

A Paddling Pool

For kids (and big kids), there’s no better way to cool off than with a paddling pool. You could even go for something as big as this 8ft pool from Tesco!

An Umbrella

Certainly essential if you’re in the UK, but even overseas you might catch a tropical downpour. Why not consider this compact brolly, perfect for travelling?

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