Summer is well and truly here and for many, that means it’s time to be jetting off to exotic destinations or taking a well-deserved break closer to home. Unfortunately, going away whether for a weekend or a couple of weeks will mean you are limited on what you can take with you. Packing the whole kitchen sink is definitely not an option but you still want to look and feel great while away. Compromise on that toiletries checklist by keeping your wash bag filled with these five essential items:

A good moisturiser: Whether you’re off to warmer climes and plan on spending time lying in the sun, or you are heading down to the wintery southern hemisphere, a good moisturiser is a must. Great for cooling sunburn and keeping skin hydrated after being in sea and pool water, it’s also essential for colder destinations with drier air and lower humidity.

A luscious conditioner: Hair can be far more frizz prone in the summer heat and can also suffer if you are regularly going into salty sea water or pools with high chlorine content. Invest in a deep moisturising conditioner and comb it through your hair, rinsing it off with cold water to lock in moisture.

A pot of Vaseline: Vaseline is great for many things- not just keeping your lips hydrated. A product that’s been around for over a century, the petroleum jelly formula can also be used to soothe cracked skin and red noses in cold weather as well as helping to heal sunburn in the heat. Alternatively, use it to highlight cheeks bones, make your eyelashes look longer and thicker (make sure to use the plain formula for this) or to smooth down eyebrows.

Baby wipes: If you’re sitting in the sun all day wearing sun cream, your skin can become greasy and clogged up. Wipe away any dirt with a soothing baby wipe which is also great for removing any eye makeup in the evenings. Baby wipes are made to be used on sensitive baby skin, meaning they aren’t full of chemicals or other irritants. They can also be used to freshen you up if you are camping somewhere without showers and are great for wiping hands clean if you are on the move.

Your favourite cleanser: This goes hand in hand with the baby wipes and moisturiser and is essential for keeping your skin feeling fresh and clean while away from home. Most of us will have a favourite cleanser that we like to use all the time and won’t like to risk buying an alternative brand from a foreign pharmacy or supermarket. For the summer, choose a light fruity scented cleanser that will clean out blocked pores and brighten up your skin tone.