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Don’t forget your toothbrush! Your ultimate summer holiday checklist

Holiday season is definitely upon us and our thoughts are turning to getting away from it all and spending a well-earned break in the sunshine. However, there’s one sure fire way to ruin a holiday and that is forgetting to pack the essentials, but don’t worry, help is at hand in the shape of our ultimate summer holiday checklist.

Clothes

In an ideal world all you would need to take on holiday would be a bikini and a sun hat, but it pays to be prepared for all eventualities. Check the weather forecast before you go so you can make sure you pack what you need, as there can be a rainy day at pretty much any destination. However, hopefully you’ll be packing for the heat and that means having the opportunity to cover up as much as strip off.

  • Shorts – include both loose fitting ones that will slip easily over a swimsuit and keep you cool, plus a tighter denim pair for nights out
  • T-shirts and vests – take some strappy vests so you can keep cool, plus some looser T-shirts so you can cover up and not get burnt
  • Dresses – maxi dresses that can be dressed up or down for evening or day wear
  • Sleepwear – forget that snuggly onesie and take a light cotton top and shorts for keeping cool during those hot nights

Shoes

Whilst the idea of only taking a pair of flip-flops on holiday is attractive, it’s not actually that practical because you will be doing other things on holiday apart from walking between the pool and the bar.

  • Sandals – take a pretty pair for going out and a practical pair that you can wear in the sea and by pool and not worry about getting wet.
  • Trainers – if you’re exploring a town or going on a walk, trainers will be way kinder to your feet than sandals
  • Heels/evening shoes – a pair of nice heels or a classy pair of flats will be perfect for going out to dinner

Swimwear

Hopefully you’ll be spending a lot of time lying around in your swimwear, so make sure you’ve got plenty to last you!

  • Bikinis – take 3 per week to save an annoying amount of washing and drying. However, always wear a swimsuit you feel comfortable, and one pieces and tankinis are not only kind to your curves but have the added benefit of keeping you more covered up from the sun
  • Now is the perfect time to shop for swimwear, plus you will probably find some great bargains at this time of year

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Accessories

Details are important so be vigilant about bringing the correct accessories.

  • If you’re anything like us, you’ll lose at least one pair of sunglasses so take a couple of cheap pairs that you can shove in a bag
  • Hat – Crucial for spending time in the sun. A woven straw hat always looks great and won’t break the bank
  • Towel. Obvious, but easy to forget! Take a huge beach towel to keep you warm after you’ve been swimming
  • Beach bag – Take a classy beach bag that can fit all your bits and pieces in the daytime, but also double as an evening bag if you need it
  • Jewellery – You probably won’t be wearing any during the day, so just take a few elegant pieces that will work with your evening wear

Toiletries

  • Sun cream – face, body and don’t forget you’re an SPF lip balm. Take various factors, but the most crucial is 50 for when the sun is hottest. A tan is sexy, looking like a lobster isn’t
  • After sun – one with insect repellent for applying in the evening when the bugs are out
  • Shower gel, shampoo and conditioner. Most hotel will supply these, but they won’t be your favourites
  • Deodorant – it’s going to be hot, after all!
  • Razors and tweezers for keeping things neat
  • Toothpaste and brush
  • Hairbrush – for that tangled sea salt hair
  • Make up – you’ll want to keep it minimal, so just take the essentials: waterproof mascara, concealer and highlighter

Essentials

  • Passport – the most essential thing of all, as you can’t travel without it
  • Travel insurance – email your documents to yourself AND carry a hard copy
  • Visa – if you need one, make sure you have it with you
  • Currency – you’ll probably get a better exchange rate if you change your money in the UK, but you will be able to use your card in most countries
  • Phone and charger – your phone will probably double as your camera, and your hotel will have wifi so you can keep up with all your Whatsapp groups. Don’t forget a universal plug so you can keep it charged.

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4 reasons why you should take part in paid market research

If you’ve never tried it before, you might wonder why people take part in paid market research. The benefit to the brand who has commissioned the research is clear – they learn about what people do and don’t like about their product or service and where improvements can be made – but what is in it for the people who offer their opinions? Read on below and find out how market research can benefit you.

You get to have your say on products and services that interest YOU

Is there a service that you use every day that you have got a great idea on how to improve? Do you have a favourite product that you love apart from one little detail? Paid market research can give you the opportunity to make a very real contribution to the things in your life that you really value and care about, and help to make changes that will benefit yourself and others. Plus, you’ll get to know other people who have similar values and interests to you; it’s not unheard of for people who take part in paid market research to form firm friendships.

It’s a lot of fun!

It might sound unlikely, but there is a huge amount of fun and satisfaction to be had from taking part in market research. Most people are only aware of focus groups but market research has developed just as much as everything else in the 21st century, and technology has made a real difference to the way you can take part. You don’t even need to leave the comfort of your own home to join in; many people really enjoy being part of online discussion groups. Or how about attending a shop-along? Yes, the dream is real – you could get paid to shop! People who take part in paid market research really enjoy themselves and even recommend us to their friends.

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You can meet like minded people

Whether you’re taking part in a focus group and meeting people face-to-face, or you’re chatting with them in cyberspace via an online community, you are guaranteed to get the chance to interact with some people who share your enthusiasms and interests. Talking about things that are important to you is a great way to bond and meeting lovely people is a big reason that people who take part in paid market research come back time and again.

You get paid!

On top of all of these huge positives, another crucial reason to take part is that you will get paid for your time and opinions! The incentives – or payment – that you will receive are representative of the amount of time the research has taken you. So if you take part in paid market research that requires you to travel or takes place over a long period, you will receive a bigger incentive than if you simply fill out a questionnaire online. Incentives come in all shapes and sizes and often include cash, cheques and vouchers.

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