Staycation Saviours: what I'm packing for my great British getaway
By Leighton Atchison-Warne
I can hardly believe that we’re already over halfway through the year – it surely won’t be long before the supermarkets are full of those oh-so-tempting boxes of chocolates that (literally) no-one saves for the ‘big day’. But, before that – we’ve got a summer of fun to enjoy, and like many of us, I’m looking forward to a few weeks of slowing down, switching off and restoring the balance.
Since the pandemic, I’ve become a big fan of a staycation – not least because I can take my four-legged friend with me, but I also realised that there’s so many gorgeous places right here in the UK that I’ve not yet explored. So I’m swapping lengthy airport security queues and all-inclusive chaos for something a little more genteel.
I don’t know about you, but I always find the first few days of a holiday really difficult. It’s like my body wants to chill out, but my mind is still going a million miles an hour – remembering things I meant to do before I switched on my out of office, or checking my inbox for any new emails that I can ‘quickly’ sort out. But, if there’s one thing I’ve learned the hard way, it’s that taking proper time to disconnect from the world and reconnect with what really matters is essential in the long run.
Whether it’s whiling away the hours with your nose in a good book, spending quality time with the family doing whatever brings you joy, or a few stolen moments of solitude, Summer is the perfect moment to escape the everyday and recharge the batteries. I thought I’d share with you some of my must-have products to help soothe your skin and ease a busy mind, whatever your plans this summer
I’ve become a bit of a pro at finding a great place to stay on AirBnB, but one thing I really loathe is that, no matter how premium the place, they can often smell a little like someone just checked out an hour before you arrived. Most places don’t allow you to burn candles, so instead I’ve packed my travel-friendly diffuser (this one is great value) and a bottle of our Restore Aromatherapy Blend. I just love this blend – it always grounds and reconnects me and the notes or Rosemary and Eucalyptus help to cleanse the air of any unwanted odours.
I swear by this little pot of pure plant extracts. Honestly, it’s made such a difference to my skin that I use it every day, without fail. It’s so quick and easy to use and my skin loves it. This travel size version is enough for a week away – and you can refill it from your larger size, too.
Whenever I’m away from home, I always sleep a little lighter than usual – whether it’s different noises, a lumpy mattress or pillows that are just a little too soft, something about being away from my creature comforts means that I often struggle to get my 8 hours of rest. So, I’m packing our best-selling Sleep Easy Pillow Mist to help me drift off naturally and catch up on some much-needed sleep – and if you need a little extra help, try rolling our Relax Aromatherapy Rollerball onto pulse points before you turn in, too.
For the ultimate stress-reliever, there’s nothing better than a few moments of intense facial massage, to help ease tension and restore your complexion. I adore our Radiance Facial Oil – it’s lightweight but super rich and the fragrance is blissful. I especially love this rollerball version – it’s perfect for packing in your washbag. Just roll it directly onto the face and neck (meaning there’s less waste), and work in circular motions from the nose outwards. You’ll be amazed at the results – trust me.
Wishing you a wonderful Summer!
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