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Summer Travel Essentials

Whether you've planned an exciting city break or an indulgent beach getaway this summer, there's just some things that you can't live without on your travels. There's plenty to do before the big day, but let's be honest, holiday packing is one of the most exciting parts! We've got plenty of holiday and travel accessories on the Utility website - from alternative Travel Guides to Bags & Purses, look no further!


Sometimes it takes a little perspective for us to remember how lucky are. Living in the UK, we've got incredible culture at our fingertips. The majority of Europe can be accessed reasonably easily from UK airports in less than three hours and we also have a spectrum of 'staycations' to choose from. Our list of must-haves below will help you ensure you have a trip to remember.

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Paris

The 500 Hidden Secrets of Paris is a travel guide with a difference. Written by local creatives, each guide reveals Paris's best kept secrets. Where are the best street food trucks? What about record shops? And where are the best places to watch buskers? The book contains independent advice on how best to discover one of the best cities in the world. Use it alongside a regular travel guide to supplement your trip. Also available from the range and perfect for any European traveller is the 500 Hidden Secrets of London, Venice and Copenhagen.

Cabin Zero Bags are handy, cabin-sized rucksacks that have an inbuilt worldwide tracker system in case things don't go according to plan. Available in a range of colours, the bags are waterproof and have enough room to house up to a week's worth of clothing.

Chilly's Reusable Coffee Cups are on a mission to reduce plastic waste. Their double-walled and insulated reusable coffee cups allow your drink to be kept nice and warm despite the outside temperature. With the freshness and flavour of your drink preserved, you'll wonder how you ever lived without it! A city break isn't complete without hopping from one coffee shop to the next, so why not save the planet while you do so?

  1. Chilly's Reusable Coffee Cup: £20
  2. Rains Jacket - Yellow: £75
  3. The 500 Hidden Secrets of Paris: £14.95
  4. Bellroy Travel Wallet: £75.65
  5. Cabin Zero 44L - Orange : £60
  6. Eat Like a Local: £9.99
  7. Read This If You Want To Take Great Photographs: £12.95


You've been looking forward to it the whole year, and now finally your holidays are just around the corner. If you're on a holiday countdown, there'll be a few things you're looking to tick off your packing list. Water bottle? Packing pouches? Saviour hand cream?

Record every moment of your adventure with the Going Places Travel Journal. Perfect for longer-term trips, there's space to document up to six holidays at once. Complete with coloured pages and a handy waterproof plastic cover, this journal is ideal for jotting down notes on-the-go.

  1. La:Bruket hand cream : £9
  2. Lonely Planet's Best Ever Travel Tips: £5.99
  3. Going Places Travel Journal : £11.95
  4. Yes Studio Passport Holder: £15.00
  5. Yes Studio Whatever Sprinkles £10
  6. Utility Tote bag: £6
  7. ROKA London Bantry-H Bag - Desert : £50
  8. Chilly's Water Bottle: £20

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