I won’t lie, I am kinda hoping summer is going to last forever at the moment. The good thing is, when it does finally end it’s never too hard to jump on a plane & find someone else’s summer. Either way, it’s essential to get that vacay suitcase sorted. And if, like me, you’re feeling everything out there is a bit same same, then there’s always Etsy. From unique finds, to vintage gets or handmade pieces, Etsy is always my go-to for something a little different. And I’ve got my hands on six essentials you can’t go without on your next summer holiday…

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1. A Straw Beach Bag 

A vacation must (obviously!). Where else will you hide your book, sunglasses, towel, sunscreen, water, phone & ice-cream money stash. I am a huge fan of the straw bag (no surprise here if you follow my instagram stories!) & have already built up quite the collection this summer. There are endless options on Etsy, from big to small, structured to boxy, with so many cute designs on offer. The ring detail on this one got me here – it’s adorable, AND the tassel detail matches my sandals perfectly! I’m a sucker for matching pieces so naturally it was a no-brainer. Beach bag sorted!

2. A Linen Beach Towel

I’ve never been a huge fan of bulky beach towels, so when I saw this linen variety, I had to have it! It’s easy to carry & stores simply in my beach bag. I adore the look & feel of linen, it’s also natural, non-allergenic, breathable and so soft. The beauty of this towel is it can even double up as a throw or cover-up! Plus, who doesn’t love everything linen right now?

3. A Kimono Cover-Up

Speaking of cover-ups, I’m all about kimonos right now. They’re easy, comfortable, and look great topped over bathers (even better when it matches them perfectly!). Plus I hate tight clothing at the beach, who wants to be wrestling a bodycon dress in the sand? As a big advocate of transitional items on vacay, a kimono absolutely ticks that box. Why not go for one that has a touch of added texture such as fringing or tassels? It just adds that little sometime extra don’t you think?

4. A Pair of Pom-Pom Sandals

I live in sandals while on a trip (duh!) but since I started wearing the pom-pom variety I haven’t been able to keep up with the compliments being thrown my way! People just love pom-poms! I think they have this innate way of making anyone smile & the colours are too fun. They’re playful and can spruce up even the most basic vacay outfit.

5. An Oversized Straw Hat

A straw hat (or three!) is always first in my bag when I pack for a summer holiday. It helps to tame my crazy salty hair as well as providing much needed coverage from the sun. There are so many options when it comes to beach hats – boaters, floppy, wide-brimmed or even my latest fave, a straw visor.

6. A Pair of  Vintage Sunglasses

Rightio, who doesn’t love to rock a pair of vintage sunnies? Again the options on Etsy are positively endless. How fun are these blush pink ones? I’m also the kind of girl who always ends up wearing hers in the water so it’s great to have some inexpensive options on offer.

Not only do I love finding unique, one-off designs on Etsy but it’s great feeling to know you’re supporting local small business and authentic designers. I love sourcing designs that aren’t mass produced, there is something so comforting and loveable about a handmade or sourced piece. Agreed?

Ok, so now that you’re packing is sorted it’s time to source some sunshine. Personally I am off to the infamous Bondi Beach in Sydney tomorrow (cannot wait!). Where is your next summer holiday to?

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