THE GEAR • June 2023
Whether you’re brunching alfresco, spending an afternoon relaxing by the beach, or enjoying a long day sightseeing a new city, time in the sun is inevitable with summer travel
Here is a master list of some chic, Celsius-combatting accessories to help you beat the heat during the sizzling season. And there is one thing that summer’s must-haves have in common – they are all pretty cool.
This shoulder bag is trending on TikTok and could be your ultimate travel companion. If you’re biking through the cobbled streets of Barcelona or meandering through crowded New York City, you’re not going to want a hefty backpack or a lopsided, touristy tote bag. Pack it all into this Uniqlo shoulder bag. Price: £14.90.
Keep things shady this summer with a stripey parasol for the long, warm, sea-breeze-laden days ahead. Pack a parasol to stay cool, calm and collected wherever your travel takes you this summer. This retro umbrella from Selfridges takes less than a minute to put together, is UV resistant and worth the investment – especially as you can collect up to 1,000 Avios with your purchase. Price: £250
Go beyond the typical wide-brim beach hat with a fun, retro straw visor that is bound to pair well with all your summer fits, from swimsuits to breezy sundresses. Not only does a visor look chic, but it also offers shade from the blazing sun and can be a saving grace on a frizzy, bad-hair day. This cool visor is both budget and travel-case-friendly. Price: £32.
For a refreshing facial on the go – think rose water, bergamot peel and chamomile bud – use Aesop’s cooling Immediate Moisture Facial Hydrosol mist anywhere, anytime. This floral and citrus light mist is the perfect spritz you need on a hot summer’s day and is bound to restore your parched skin during the warmer months ahead. Price: £19
These Birkenstock slides can take you in and out of the temples of Bali, for a post-surf stroll in Cape Town or even for a romantic dinner on the beach in the Maldives. They are on trend, sturdily built and pass the arch support flex test. They are also waterproof and adjustable and come in a variety of colours to suit individual aesthetics. Price: £45.
If you’re on the hunt for an odour-eating, all-natural deodorant, this is it! AKT balm is made of clean, antibacterial ingredients, is kind on the skin, smells lovely and is affordable. All you need is a pea-sized amount, like a rich moisturiser, once every day. And you don’t have to stop at the underarms – use it anywhere that demands effective protection, such as the feet, forehead or chest. Price: from £16.15
For the most seamless, hands-free breeze on a sweltering but beautiful day in a national park or Disneyland, consider this portable fan that conveniently hangs around your neck like a pair of headphones. It won’t weigh you down, has a decent battery life and suits almost every summer activity. Price: £19.99.
If you’re looking for a miraculous mist that cools and refreshes your skin and is so fuss-free you’ll want to reapply that SPF – this is it! Rain or shine, sun protection is a must if there is light. Taking out the hassle of a cream-based application, this spray-on sunscreen is fuss-free, absorbs easily and doesn’t leave a white residue behind. Price: £33.
This is the internet’s favourite and most coveted, enormous yet travel-friendly drinking vessel. The Stanley tumbler is a double-insulated thermos that’s dishwasher-safe and comes with an anti-spill top. It keeps your hot drinks hot and your cold drinks cold and comes in multiple colours. Price: £44.99.
If you’re looking for the most airline-friendly way to carry your cool products, it is in these modular, magnetic containers by Cadence. Each of the six coloured capsules has labels on the top cap (that can be customised for free) to help keep you organised. They’re magnetised to keep them close together and are spill-proof, so can be used to store lotions, potions, pills, jewellery and more. Price: £67.73.