Your Holiday Checklist at SouthGate Bath 

Whether you’re camping in Cornwall or lazing on a beach in Corfu, this summer is all about some much-needed downtime with family and friends basking in some sunshine. 

To make your life easier, we’ve put together a list of summer 2022 must-buys alongside holiday prep and useful essentials for city breaks, road trips, beach holidays, weekends away and long summer holidays. Just don’t forget your toothbrush.  


This summer’s holiday clothes and footwear  

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This summer holiday season, colour and fun are back. Think ice-cream shades, 90s-style slip and prairie dresses (H&M, All Saints, River Island and Urban Outfitters have gorgeous collections right now) for ballet pumps, clogs and knee-high boots head to Office or pick up summer sliders at JD Sports.  

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Delicate and chunky gold chains (wear round bellies, hands and feet for Ibiza vibes), giant hoops and statement hair slides are leading the way in accessories (try Accessorize, Pandora and Swarovski for beautiful looks). For evenings, wideleg trousers and oversize shirts are your go-to for easy tailoring while airport looks are all about neat-but-comfy joggers and sweatshirts at Boux Avenue

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For men, tropical print and board shorts with lightweight jackets and polos will instantly update his holiday wardrobe with bright citrus pops of colour and accessories that embrace the summer feelgood factor.


Head to H&M, Tommy Hilfger, Urban Outfitters, Levi’s and Fat Face for breakout looks to suit him. For fresh out-the-box trainers, don’t miss Office and JD Sports.  


Get some new sunglasses 

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When it comes to women’s sunglasses, colourful, oversize and angular frames are big trends for s/s 2022 with men’s leaning more towards more conservative tortoiseshell and metal looks. Accessorize and Boots are essential pre-holiday visits.  


Swimwear for the pool and beach 



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Swimwear has upped its game this season with colourful crochet, cutout slimline one pieces and 50s silhouettes making for wearable and universally good-looking pool and beachwear at H&M, River Island, Accessorize, Boux Avenue and Lululemon. Meanwhile for men, it’s sport-casual (think 70s-Californian running shorts) or more tailored finishes to give a slightly preppy look – try Tommy Hilfiger and Fat Face.  


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Bags and luggage for travelling 


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We’re home to some high-street wonders from H&M, Urban Outfitters and River Island. The bum bag/banana sling/fanny pack is everywhere this summer and perfect for holiday packing. You’ll need to complement it with a useful tote though for those everyday vacation essentials – straw, crochet and colourful are everywhere.   


Must-buy SPF and skincare 

In need of some Vitamin D? Don’t leave home without your SPF and sunscreens whatever your skintone (there are some excellent transparent sunscreens designed for darker skintones that won’t leave that annoying white residue). Even on cloudy summer days in the UK, you should be applying SPF when the UV index is at its highest between 11am and 3pm (remember that SPF moisturisers are good but no replacement for sun cream).  

UVA causes skin ageing while UVB causes sunburn so when buying good sunscreen, look for a UVA logo with the letters UVA printed in a circle or choose a four of five-star UVA rating. UVB rays are responsible for the vast majority of sunburn cases and linked with increased risk of skin cancer; SPFs with 50+ offer the strongest forms of UVB protection and you should wear an SPF of at least 30 in the summer.  

For children under the age of two, UVA clothing and broad-brimmed hats are excellent buys as they protect the back of the neck and ears as well as providing shade for the face. A sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and a high UVA protection should be applied to children every two to three hours. And, don’t forget your hair sunscreen too. For all your skincare needs from go-to brands including L’Oreal, La Roche-Posay, Garnier, Avon and Nivea, try Boots.  


Beauty and travel essentials 

From a signature summer fragrance at Boots to bronzers and lipsticks from Kiko Milano (orange and pink vs neutrals), update your beauty bag before you get on board your flight. If you’re carrying your bags on the plane, remember to ensure you decant all your favourite items into 100ml travel sizes. Then, don’t forget essentials such as dry shampoo, moisturising conditioners for curls and Afro hair, waterproof mascaras that can be worn to the sea and pool and soothing body moisturisers and after-sun oils.  

Plus there’s the practical bits: mosquito repellent sprays and plug-ins, anti-insect bite creams and antihistamines, ear plugs for the flight, Calpol, plasters and Sudocrem for children plus wet wipes and contact lens solution.   


Holiday tech accessories – don’t forget your charger 

If you don’t want to spend the first morning of your holiday trying to find the local tech supplier then now’s your chance to stock up on the holiday accessory essentials at Apple and Boots. Don’t forget essential hair straighteners and curlers, travel adaptors and hairdryers and take a travel charging unit in case anything goes walkabout and you desperately need to access tickets and contact details on your phone. You can also pick up handy passport and document folders so you don’t forget your paperwork at Smiggle and Typo.  


Holiday essentials for kids 

A kid wearing hawaiian shirt and sandals
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For kids’ swimwear, summer outfits and shoes, head to H&M, Accessorize and River Island. For travel games and in-flight entertainment to remember, we recommend My Small World and Smiggle and for updating tablets and iPads for long journeys then head to Apple.  



Top up your holiday cash at Eurochange and relax into a much-needed break then head for pre-holiday cocktails, beers and food from any of our incredible cafes and restaurants as your reward. Happy holiday shopping..  

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