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Summer Holidays Essentials List

  • June 8, 2017
  • By 50 Shades
  • 36 Comments
Summer Holidays Essentials List

I know that it is winter here in Australia, but many of us still like to escape the cooler months and head north where it is Summer all year around. For example, Bali is a very popular choice for a Winter escape. So before you pack up and go I’m happy to provide you with a Summer holidays essentials list.

I love holidaying in warmer climates as it doesn’t entail too much packing or bulk. Really all you need is a swimsuit, a sarong and a pair of thongs – right? I find when I travel to Bali or Thailand I like to travel light with a selection of soft flowing sundresses, pretty sandals, sarongs and coverups, shorts and singlet tops. But what else do we need for the holiday?

Good Quality Sunglasses

Eye protection is mandatory against the harsh sun in places close to the equator where the sun’s rays are the most intense. This includes countries in South America, Africa, Maldives and Indonesia. So make sure you pack a pair of sunglasses that protect you from UVA and UVB light. Lens category 3 sunglasses, such as these stylish Sonia Rykiel pair, are rated for high sunglare reduction and good UV protection and are ideal for Summer holidays or everyday wear in Australia.

Summer Holidays Essentials List

Small Backpack

Backpacks serve several purposes whilst travelling. They are a great carry-on bag on flights as they keep your hands free whilst dealing with the check-in process, security and immigration checks. They are also better for our posture and back, as the weight is evenly distributed across our upper backs, rather than just one shoulder. Once you arrive at your destinations they can be used as a beach bag, on excursions and hikes, to carry your essentials in.

Digital SLR Camera

One of the best purchases I’ve ever made was a good digital SLR camera. They do take the best quality photos of your holidays and are reasonably compact and lightweight to carry. Plus the cameras do all the work for you! Just set the camera on automatic setting and your photos will turn out perfectly every time.

Summer Holidays Essentials List

Sun Hat & Sunscreen

This goes without saying, but you truly must pack a wide brim hat of some description to protect your face from the harsh sun and you must also apply sunscreen during your Summer holiday. The sun is intense near the equator and your skin can burn easily and rapidly – within 10 minutes even! The SPF 50+ rated sunscreens provide the best sun protection and don’t forget to reapply after you’ve had a dip in the water.

Cover Ups & Sarongs

In accordance with “slip, slop, slap”, take a couple of lightweight cotton coverups or sarongs for when you have been exposed to the sun for prolonged hours. They are also great for slipping on after a few hours at the beach and going into restaurants or bars and browsing the shops and markets in Bali or Thailand. Sarongs are such a versatile addition to your holiday wardrobe as they can be worn is various ways. Use them to cover your shoulders, shade the sun off your face, wrap them around as a skirt, make a dress from them or wear as a scarf or shawl.

Summer Holiday Essentials List

Comfortable Footwear

Wearing comfortable footwear is something that is important to me these days as I hate getting sore feet or blisters when I’m doing a lot of walking during holidays. There is a great range of orthotic type sandals and thongs available now that not only look stylish but provide good foot support. You only need to go to a sports store or specialist orthotic footwear store to buy a pair and they are worth every cent.

Packing for a Summer holiday is easy when you know that the weather is going to be warm and you won’t need bulky Winter woollies. Plus if you travel to somewhere like Bali or Thailand you can almost take an empty suitcase and fill it up with bargain clothing whilst you’re there. The shopping is extremely cheap in these destinations. But most importantly enjoy every minute of your Summer holiday by packing the right type of essentials.

Do you like to take a Winter escape to somewhere warm during the cooler months?

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Visiondirect.com.au and I was gifted a pair of sunglasses for the purpose of this post.

This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:

Johanna from Lifestyle Fifty
Min from Write of the Middle.
Leanne from Deep Fried Fruit
Jo from And Anyways
and of course me, Kathy from 50 Shades of Age


By 50 Shades, June 8, 2017 Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!
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50 Shades

Kathy Shade is a 50 something year old who is married with 2 children who has spent most of her life being a housewife, mother and working as an Accounts Administrator in the public school system. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Her friends would describe her as being a 'have a chat' with an outgoing personality and zest for life. Kathy also has a great love of shopping and is known for her bargain hunting prowess!

36 Comments
  • Lyndall @ SeizeThe Day Project
    June 8, 2017

    We have friends who are off to Fiji soon. We’d love a return visit, but it’s not on the cards right now. Maybe a weekend trip to the hinterland will have to do? :) #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      Oh yes Fiji is a great affordable Winter escape. I haven’t been there since about 1982! I love doing weekend escapes, but normally like to do them in Summer. :)

  • Jo tracey
    June 8, 2017

    Aaaah Bali at this time of the year… I’m with you – swimmers, a couple of beach dresses, sunglasses, sunscreen, a loaded kindle, thongs & merrell sandals for walking. Packing done. #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      Sounds like the perfect packing essentials list Jo. Yes an eReader or good book is also mandatory for these types of holidays! :)

  • Melissa @ All Around Oz
    June 8, 2017

    Great list Kathy….we are heading south in a couple of weeks but I really wish we were going north to warmer weather!

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      Ooh south will be a bit chilly! I hope you have a heater in your camper trailer? I always like to head north in Winter as I don’t particularly like the cold. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Min@WriteoftheMiddle
    June 8, 2017

    I actually like to enjoy the cooler months. I’m one of those people who love the cooler weather and I’m enjoying a break from the constant heat and humidity of our summer. However, I love your list of essentials for a summer getaway. Those sunglasses are gorgeous! #TeamLovinLife

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      I know a few people who love the cooler weather. I don’t mind it for a while but I soon long for the warmer days and longer sunlight hours. It is a great time of year to get in some walks and hikes and not have to get too hot and sweaty in the process. Thank you – I love these sunglasses too. They are extremely stylish and have great sun protective lenses. :)

  • Anne Downing
    June 8, 2017

    I just bought myself a DSLR camera and trying to use it in manual mode! The photos are not turning out how I hoped but I will keep experimenting. Fingers crossed I will get the hang of it.
    Great list, I wish I was packing for a summer getaway!

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      Yes it takes a while to get into manual. I still sometimes get a bit bewildered by the settings. I have these great set of ‘cheat sheets’ that have the appropriate settings for each and every photographic situation. Summer getaways are the best! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Johanna
    June 8, 2017

    You are looking drop dead gorgeous – a holiday definitely agrees with you :) Loving your suggestions, and I do go with a small day pack but also pack a smaller bum (fanny?) bag which fits my phone, money, glasses and a small sunscreen. Sometimes when it’s hot I don’t want something on my back. My daughter has just used all our old sarongs collected from our travels to make curtains for their old ‘camper’ bus!!

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      Thank you so much Jo. I think holidays agree with everyone! Yes the smaller bag is a good idea for travelling too. I have a huge selection of sarongs from our South East Asia trips. Using them for curtains in a campervan is a great way to use them up! I sometimes use mine as tablecloths. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Sue from Sizzling Towards 60 & Beyond
    June 8, 2017

    We are lucky in Queensland Kathy aren’t we? I love winter here because the days are usually sunny and mornings/evenings cool. When I lived in Sydney growing up many people used to go to the Gold Coast for some fun in the sun even in winter. Love sarongs and I do like your hat! You have it all covered here.

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      I remember coming to the Gold Coast in June/July with girlfriends when I was 20 for a holiday from cold old Victoria. We spent our days sunbaking and wearing skimpy sundresses thinking how warm it was! It’s funny how we acclimatise and now I feel that Winters can be cool here on the Gold Coast. Sarongs are fabulous for all sorts of different uses and I never go in the sun without a hat, sunscreen or my sunglasses. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Deborah
    June 8, 2017

    It’s funny to be thinking about summer on our coldest morning to date this year! But yes, we’re really lucky in Qld. My bestie (a Cairns girl) lives in Christchurch and it’s always so cold there.

    She’s off to Cairns this weekend for her sister’s wedding and is excited about the ‘warm’ temperatures they’re expecting!

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      Ha ha yes it is indeed strange to be thinking about Summer holidays. But many people escape Winter (even here in South East Queensland) to head north or overseas to warmer temperatures. Cairns would be delightful this time of year and in my opinion the best time to visit. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • jodie
    June 8, 2017

    I do think the sunglasses are one of the most important aspects of travel gear…yet they are something I forget the most. Maybe I need an extra pair that I keep in my suitcase??
    Jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      I never go anywhere here in Queensland without my sunglasses. The sun is very strong and intense here and I would simply be blinded by the sun rays. I love beautiful sunglasses. They are not only good for eye protection but really complete a Summer outfit. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne | www.crestingthehill.com.au
    June 8, 2017

    I just finished reading about lovely Winter delights and then I’m on your blog and dreaming of Summer! I guess that’s the joys of the changing seasons – just as we get tired of one type of weather and lifestyle, we get to move into something different. I must admit that I’m missing the heat a bit today though!

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      Today started off very cool and I have been seeking refuge in the sunshine all day to keep warm. We are very lucky here in Queensland to have such gorgeous Winter weather, but still a lot of people I know take off to the northern parts of Australia or to South East Asia to escape Winter. I’m enjoying the cooler weather but will soon be dreaming of Summer! :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Sydney Shop Girl
    June 8, 2017

    I could so go on a holiday to a summery destination right now! Thanks for the inspiration and photos of a world that’s very different to what we’re dealing with in Sydney right now.

    SSG xxx

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      You’re welcome! Winter is always a good time to travel north to places that are sometimes too hot and humid to visit during their Summer period. We’re escaping in a few months time to visit Vietnam and Laos. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Janet
    June 8, 2017

    Oh you’ve made me looooonnnggg for another holiday now!

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      Ha ha! Yes I’m even dreaming about another holiday myself! I love being back home but I also love looking forward to our next holiday. Maybe I have gypsy blood in me? :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Debbie Harris
    June 8, 2017

    Great list Kathy! We’re in the midst of winter down here so I could go a summer holiday right about now! I’ve joined up at the #TeamLovinLife linky

    • Kathy
      June 8, 2017

      Thanks Debbie. It’s so ridiculous that we look forward to the change of season from very hot to extremely cold! I obviously like a warmer climate but last Summer was a sizzler and I was looking forward to cooler temperatures. Now I’m dreaming about escaping the cold for a tropical paradise! Nice to have you aboard. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Estelle Anderson
    June 9, 2017

    Great list Kathy. When travelling I take everything on your list. I’ve recently become a fan of a backpack. A smaller one is a great idea. I’ll have to keep an eye out for one. Best wishes for more happy travels

    • Kathy
      June 9, 2017

      Thanks Estelle. Out of all of the carry-on bags I’ve tried, the backpack seems to work the best. They are extremely versatile. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    June 9, 2017

    I need to find some comfy breathable footwear for trekking through Thailand eco villages without my feet getting too hot in the humidity. Any tips?
    #teamlovinlife

    • Kathy
      June 9, 2017

      I would recommend a trip to a shoe store like Sketchers or Footmasters, where they specialise in comfy footwear. There is a wide range of comfortable thongs and sandals (like Birkenstocks) that would be suitable for Thailand. I have Orthaheel thongs and a pair of Merrell sandals that are perfect for the hot weather. :)

  • Life Images by Jill
    June 10, 2017

    As I shiver here in Western Australia I would be loving the be packing for a summer trip somewhere. Thanks for the essential list for summer holiday packing Kathy. We recently had a trip to Mauritius and I found a couple of light weight skirts and a couple of cool loose tops were perfect for evenings.

    • Kathy
      June 11, 2017

      I keep forgetting how cold Perth can be in Winter. Mauritius would have been a wonderful Winter escape Jill. We are heading to Vietnam in early September so I’m guessing it will be warm here at that time of year. :)

  • Pinky Poinker
    June 11, 2017

    No Summer clothes here at the moment. Your post made me long for the beach!

    • Kathy
      June 11, 2017

      No it’s Winter woollies all the way today! It’s raining cats and dogs. I’m also longing for a Winter escape. :) #TeamLovinLife

  • Jan Wild
    June 27, 2017

    Great reminders there Kathy and those sunnies look great. I agree it is so much easier to pack for warm weather – I just put together some clothing for a 6 day trip up into NSW and I am horrified at how bulky it is when you are packing for winter.

    • Kathy
      June 28, 2017

      Thanks Jan. Yes Summer holiday packing is so easy compared to Winter. During our recent trip to Italy I had to pack for both cool and warm weather. In the end I packed far too much Winter stuff and not enough Summer stuff! #TeamLovinLife

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