Summer Travel Essentials 2018


With only less than 20 days left for my summer holiday to Turkey, I’ve been slowly thinking about what to pack, how to and what to take in my handbag when I’m travelling around Turkey! I’ve compiled a list of essentials that will be with me pretty much everyday when I’m in and travelling around Turkey! Now I’m going Turkey for about 2 months which is the longest I’ve ever been gone for, so I really did have to think strategically when compiling these essentials!

Firstly, I’m obviously taking my phone with me (no brainer) to take all of those luscious insta pics ya know, and obviously to communicate with people. The only thing that goes hand in hand with my phone obviously would be a pair of headphones and my portable charger! I love me a good book to read when I’m on holiday either when I’m sunbathing or chilling at home, and the ‘Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine’ book is one of the books I’m taking with me.

It’s super hot in Turkey at the moment, especially Izmir (the city I’m going to) and the last thing I want is a red face from being sunburnt, so a sunscreen with SPF 50 is definitely an essential for me and I will be wearing it everyday! I currently use this one from Garnier and I really enjoy it as the sunscreen itself is white but it doesn’t leave a white tint on your face and in fact it gives a perfect glowy base as well. I’ll be carrying this mini roll on perfume by Coach in my handbag just to freshen up during the day in those hot days, and it’s the perfect size to take on the plane with me as well.

Next up of course I’m taking my Ray-bans with me, I only brought these a couple weeks ago so it’s still new to me and it was an exciting purchase as I wanted to treat myself pre summer holiday and I wanted these cult classic round ones for ages! They fit perfectly on my small round face (lol) and I already love them!

Wouldn’t really be a summer holiday for me, if I didn’t take my Polaroid camera with me!! I love love love this Polaroid camera for instant photos and it’s just such a great thing to have to capture the memories in the moment! The Polaroid films are pricey and if you want to use it on a regular basis then it can get quiet expensive, however I only use it when I’m on holiday and on special occasions and events. However, recently I was lucky enough to find a box of 80 Polaroid films for £30 on ‘Wish’ which is a total bargain and it ended up saving me about £35 in total. So if you really look for cheaper film alternatives you really can find some good ones out there.

Last summer holiday, I started a summer travel journal, where I documented nearly everyday of my summer travels for a month with Polaroid’s, little doodles, anecdotes and notes, tickets, receipts and wristbands from the places I’ve been to. I obviously wanted to do another one this year, as I’m going for a longer period of time and will be travelling solo (for the first time) to Turkey and besides that I will be doing more travelling in Turkey so obviously I want to document that in the moment. It does get a bit hard having to carry around a journal, pens and washi tapes around with me when I’m in Turkey but I managed it last year so will do this year as well. These travel journals are definitely something I’d keepsake for as long as I can as they capture the best moments of my holiday.

As the lip balm hoarder I am, I will deffo be taking a couple with me as I literally cannot live without applying one! I’ll be taking this benebalm by Benefit, as it gives a perfect red tint to the lips but keeps them so soft and hydrating! I’m also taking a few of Glossier’s balm dot coms as the Glossier fan girl I am!

These are all of my summer travel essentials that I will be carrying around with me for the vast majority of my summer trip. Hope you enjoyed reading this post and comment down below what are some of your summer travel essentials?

Ayse Merve! x


68 responses to “Summer Travel Essentials 2018”

  1. Sounds like a lot of fun! Can’t wait to see the posts from your trip!

    -pinned post on Pinterest

  2. Suewade says:

    Have a lovely time my some great memories 😋

  3. These flat lays are A-MAZING! <3 It's all great essentials especially fuji film – I can't go anywhere without it. I hope you'll have a wonderful trip to Turkey, enjoy your Summer <33

  4. hollyjohnsen says:

    Like you, I take books on trips with me. Thanks to technology and my husband’s old Amazon Kindle, I’ve found that I can bring multiple books with me without having to compromise space in my purse or luggage. XOXO.

  5. Lovely post! Definitely agree with all of these essentials, especially the book! I love to read on holiday, and I have a polaroid camera too. I also love that bag (is that the one from Topshop?) – I keep seeing it! 🙂 x

  6. Great post! You pack very similar to me! My polaroid and travel journal are a must. Being able to document my experiences is a huge priority for me! I hope you have an amazing time away!

  7. Aaliyah Hunt says:

    Great post! Love your photos, I’ve got to have a good book on holiday , I actually read most when I’m on holiday only time I really get to relax, also love that sun cream x

  8. Fran says:

    I love these posts! I always bookmark them for when I go on holiday and I feel lost as to what to take. I’ve wanted a fujifilm instax for the longest time, I’ve heard the film is expensive, is it worth getting?

    Fran |

  9. glowsteady says:

    I’ve been dreaming of a holiday but I’m not going away until March 😫. I’m always sure to take a lip balm with spf. So many people forget about them! x


  10. Eleanor May says:

    These essentials are all very needed on a trip! Especially the polaroid camera.. Grat photos and lovely post!

  11. This is a great list! I am spending 6 months in Costa Rica, and I too brought a travel journal to record everything! Lip balm was also a must-have, I brought my Burt’s Bees lip balm and hand salve with me and i def didn’t regret it xox

  12. abbiejadewanders says:

    Great choice of book and I love my polaroid camera too – I take it everywhere. Have a lovely holiday 🙂

  13. Soffy S says:

    So informative! I haven’t been on a holiday in a long time but I do think your essentials would be great even for a day trip! Just imagine though.. leaving your phone behind! What a nightmare would that be!

    Soffy //

  14. theartsyreader says:

    Lovely post, and the pictures are great! 🙂 I think you have thought of pretty much everything one could need on holidays, maybe one could add a pair of flip-flops or a light scarf or something for the evening when it gets a little colder:) Hope you enjoy your holidays in Turkey! <3

  15. I love this & the photos! I’ve just followed this blog as you sound like someone I need in my life !

  16. You’ve got a great collection of bits to take with you! I’m currently reading Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and I’m loving it so hopefully you will too! X

  17. Hanna Mai says:

    Great post! Such a great list of essentials x

  18. Love your summer esssentials – I think you’re all set! My summer travel essentials also includes extra swimwear, tanks, shorts, and sandals. Hope you’ll have a great vacation!😊

  19. Kelsey Marie says:

    I’m obsessed with your staging! It’s so aesthetically pleasing. Also, your RayBans look so cute I’m obsessed and need a pair.

  20. Candace says:

    Love your essentials and your photos are out of this world gorgeous! Thanks for sharing.

  21. Love the whole design of the blog n informative content thanks keep posting !!

  22. Rifat Yaseen says:

    I loved reading it! Anything about packing and organising leaves me excited 😀 Hope you have a great holiday!

  23. Laura M says:

    Have a great time in Turkey! I’ve been looking for recomendations on suncreen, I will definitely check that one out. Your photos are great. I hope you share some of those polaroids when you are back. xx ♥

  24. Gemma Louise says:

    These photos are gorgeous and so are those ray bans! Have the best time xx

  25. ofbeautyand says:

    Books and beauty minis are my essentials x

  26. I really enjoyed that book! SPF is always a must x

  27. Joyce lau says:

    Love this flatlay! I need that cute Polaroid!

    Joyce 💕 

  28. lifeofshar says:

    I love taking my Polaroid on holiday with me too! Just for the extra special moments or views. I travel journal sounds like such a lovely idea but I don’t think I am creative enough for it haha! Great post, it got me even more excited for my holidays!! xx

  29. fayejessica says:

    I rely so much on my portable charger so that’s definitely a must-have. A good book is also a great option.

    Faye Jessica |

  30. I love all your essentials! Those Raybans are ones I’ve wanted for so long too – the struggle to find glasses that fit small faces! I also love the idea of a travel journal. It’s so much more special.
    xxx Lauren

  31. I’ve got Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine on my iPad to read since I’ve heard so many people raving about it! For some reason, I have a feeling it’s not going to be my cuppa tea though! xx

    Brooke |

  32. I took my Instax Mini Polaroid Camera on my recent trip to Bali and it was one of my best ideas! The little photos I snapped are so cute. I love those Rayban’s too xo

    Char |

  33. Amy Louise says:

    Holy moly I adore your photos!. I’ve read that book it was a good read. I too have an install camera however I don’t use it as my exposures always come out wrong despite trying every possible way :(. Lovely post and I’m loving your blog <3 xx

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