Only five days to go now …. am getting excited!
First up today, three holiday essentials: sun tan lotion, aftersun, and mossie repellent.
I don’t have a favoured brand when it comes to sun tan lotion – as long as it’s got the right SPF and isn’t too gloopy, I’ll go with whichever is the best deal at the time. I think the price of sun tan lotion has come down dramatically over the last few years, seems so much cheaper to me now.
Anyway, this is Superdrug own brand, and I always buy one bottle of high, one medium and one low. New each year, because as we all know, the protection deteriorates over time.
When it comes to aftersun, this is my absolute favourite, and I haven’t bought a different brand for years. Soothing and moisturising, smells lovely, and not too expensive – perfect!
If there is a mosquito around, it will bite me. This is a picture of my legs on holiday in Greece in 2008.
Suffice to say, I don’t bother with any insect repellent you can buy in Boots, I buy the really strong, minimum 55% Deet stuff you can get on the internet. It’s more expensive, but not as expensive as the doctor’s bill was for anti-histamine injections to sort the above out!
I also take a bottle of the Apivita basil and geranium spray pictured as well (which I can only get from Greece on the internet), which smells fab, is apparently a natural insect repellent, and soothes any bites you do get better than anything else I’ve ever tried.
Moving on, one of the most important things I take on holiday is my reading matter. This has been revolutionised somewhat this year by my new Kindle, which I only use occasionally at home, but will come into its own abroad. I had a bit of a downloading frenzy over the weekend, and this is what I chose.
I couldn’t resist a couple of ‘real’ books as well, so I chose these two from my bookshelf.
This time next week, I will hopefully be on my sunbed by the pool, deep in one of these and with a refreshing drink to hand!