Nothing re-charges the soul like the sun on your skin and the sand between your toes. Each year, my family rents a retro beach house down south. Nothing fancy, just the beach by day and BBQ s and board games by night. Some of my best memories were made during those simple family holidays and I love watching my little guy making his own golden memories.

When packing for any beach holiday, I try and pack as minimally as possible- and I hear ya, with kids that’s easier said than done, but packing a few multi-tasking pieces that are practical and effortless for you will not only streamline your holiday style, but will make sure there is space for the bloody scooter;)

Here are the five summer essentials I never leave home without.

GOLDEN GLOW | Fake it til you make it. For those who need a bit of a head start on that holiday glow, my absolute essential summer beauty product has to be SANTORINI SUN. With 100% natural and organic ingredients this instant tanner contains anti-ageing benefits, lasts for 4-5 days and has the best colour I’ve seen.

SWIMSUIT DOUBLE |  This season is all about the high waisted bikini and one piece. Both perfect for layering with a high-waisted maxi skirt or denim shorts. Currently on rotation is this PEONY SWIMWEAR one piece and theses high waist bikini bottoms.

SHADY DAZE |  Investing in a chic umbrella not only means a full day on the sand, but with the with the cool designs now available it can also turn your patch of beach into a tropical oasis. We especially love our BASIL BANGS x WE ARE HANDSOME jungle fever umbrella.

HAT TRICK | There is nothing like a beautifully made straw hat to elevate your summer outfit. FALLEN BROKEN STREET is my go-to sun-safe hero for both mama and mini.

THAT’S A WRAP | Turkish towels are my go-to this year. Perfect for the sand, picnics, as a breastfeeding cover up or a shawl. Aussie label MAYDE make 100% cotton, ultra light weight and super absorbant towels in really cool designs, and the best thing is they take hardly any space to pack. They also make the cutest hooded beach ponchos for the kids.




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