27 April 2015

Getting Our Holiday Essentials Sorted With Chemist Direct

In 3 weeks time, we will be jaunting off to the coast for a week away, to relax and play, our first holiday as a family of 5. Sorting through the suitcase to get our things ready, it dawned on me just how much stuff we will need. Travelling with kids is hard work, but with a baby makes it doubly hard as you need to take everything bar the kitchen sink not to mention all your own clothes, toiletries and necessities.

I made a list of everything we would need to take with us and my jaw dropped to the floor when I realised that it will cost us an arm and a leg just to purchase the toiletries and baby items we need, not to mention sun care essentials too. So when Chemist Direct got in touch, I couldn't wait to see how far we could stretch our budget to see if we could get everything we needed.

Chemist Direct is the UK's No. 1 online pharmacy. Now I know people are wary about buying items online but Chemist Direct is a GPhC registered pharmacy meaning that they are authorised to sell pharmaceuticals online and you can tell that they are registered with the GPhC as they carry the green cross logo to prove so (this is a clickable logo at the bottom left-hand side of the Chemist direct website)

Chemist Direct was established in 2007 and they offer a variety of key services for the public, including an online Doctor service over the web from qualified doctors and a team of in-house pharmacists as well as offering vitamins and health supplements, family planning and baby care products, perfumes, beauty products and toiletries. 

Schwarzkopf Ultime Blonde Colour 
Now obviously this isn't a product I will be taking on holiday with me, but before we go, I will be colouring my hair to make sure that my roots are covered and looking good. I therefore thought it would be good to include this in my round up as it is something that I will be needing.

I chose the colour 'light natural blonde' and as my hair is so thick, it requires 2 boxes to cover it all. Usually paying around £6 for a box of hair colourant, I was surprised to see that Chemist Direct are selling these for only £3.49 each which is fantastic for such a good quality hair colourant brand.

Clairol 5in1 Hair Nourishment Shampoo & Conditioner
I always use Clairol shampoo and conditioner so it was great to see that I could buy these in a smaller bottle (200ml) which is the perfect amount for a weeks use and wont take up as much space in the suitcase as regular sized bottles would.

This is a lightweight everyday shampoo that contains fruit extracts to leave your hair soft, clean and smelling fresh. The nourishment formula has a unisex floral scent with Bergamot, Lime and Mandarin.

Right Guard Xtreme Fresh Shower Gel & Invisible 72hr Roll-On
The shower gel has a revitalising, fresh fragrance that refreshes skin and what's more, the shower gel can be used for hair and body which is great as it means that we are saving space as we don't have to take 2 different products for my husband to use.

The Right Guard Women Xtreme Invisible 72 Hour Roll-On has an advanced stain protection formula protecting against white, yellow and oily stains whilst keeping your body clean, dry and odour free for up to 72 hours.

Transformers Toiletry Wipes
Okay, these aren't exactly essentials, but Charlie prefers to use wipes rather than toilet roll and so these are needed for whilst we are away. The Transformers Baby Wipes gently clean and nourish children's delicate skin keeping it soft and hydrated and leaving it smooth, fresh and clean.

Theramed Toothpaste & Oral-B Classic Toothbrushes
These are self-explanatory really. An essential item that myself and my husband will need. The boys have their own toothbrushes that they will be taking but my husband and myself have electric toothbrushes that I don't really want to be carting around, so this twin pack is cheap and perfect for using whilst we are away.

Not only is Theramed a great whitening toothpaste, but it is also a mouthwash that can offer you up to 12 hours of complete freshness. I chose this as it means that we can then just take this one product rather than having to pack mouthwash as well. 

Protection From The Sun
When it comes to sun protection, I like to have everything packed and ready to go just in case we are lucky enough to get some nice weather. I hate creams though as they are greasy and feel heavy n the skin and so I always opt for a sun spray and these soak in to the skin instantly and can easily be sprayed into those hard to reach places.

Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Mist SPF30
An ultra-soft and highly efficient sun protection cream that is dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and completely free of perfume and parabens. It can be applied to wet or dry skin so is perfect for easily protecting yourself from the suns rays after a dip in the sea.

Banana Boat Kids Ultramist Spray Lotion SPF50
Banana Boat a gentle formula that is alcohol and tear-free meaning that it is suitable for use on children’s faces without the risk of irritating their eyes. Gives instant protection against UV rays and is water resistant so wont be washing off in a hurry.

Malibu Aloe Vera Aftersun Gel Spray
If we are to get some nice weather whilst we're away, it's good to have some aftersun in our bag, just in case. This Malibu aftersun has an aloe vera formula which soothes the skin and moisturises it too. Great to soothe sun exposed skin, or just to give yourself a good massage with and to cool down your skin after a long day at the beach.

Sebamed Lip Defense Balm SPF30
This deep conditioning formula will care for dry and damaged lips. It is enriched with vitamin E and plant extracts, which will work to regenerate and nurture an will protect your lips from the suns rays with it's SPF30 protection.

Pampers Baby Dry Mini Carry Pack and Simple Baby Moisture & Care Wipes
Nappies are a must when travelling with a baby and so this Pampers carry pack us perfect for our travels, containing 37 nappies that are designed to lock in dryness for more than 11 hours. We use Pampers at home so it means that we already know that these are a great quality product and the extra absorption material that they contain and advanced technology keep your baby drier for longer.

Simple Baby are gentle and soft wipes that are balanced Ph and contain natural moisturisers and are perfect for baby's sensitive skin. 

Anbesol Teething Gel
By thetime we go away, Joseph will be at the age where he might start to get his teeth. Anbesol teething gel contains an anaesthetic which provides quick-acting pain relief to soothe baby's gums and help to settle down the pain. 

MAM Teether & Soother Ranges
I have been a lover of MAM products since Charlie was a baby and so just had to get Joseph the Bite & Play Teether to take away with us. This is a water-filled soothing teeth at one side and a spinning ball at the other side which baby's can watch and play with to keep them occupied. 

MAM soothers are fantastic for little boys who like to be different. They come with various different designs that are pretty and have a teat that is designed to stay in baby's mouths whilst promoting healthy jaw and tooth development. 

It's good to have a pack of extra soothers in the case whilst you're away and you don't want to be having to search shops to find a dummy if you lose your babies. We got a great deal though as the MAM range is 3 for 2 at Chemist Direct so we also got a spare pack for when we get home too. 

Overall, I am greatly impressed with the amount of travel essentials that we could get from Chemist direct for £50. Not only did we manage to get all the baby products we will need, but toiletries and sun care items too. Ordering was quick and simple and delivery was super speedy too and free since we spent so much.

For more information or to see what else they sell, visit the Chemist Direct website and if you sign up to them, then you can get 10% off your first order!


  1. I'm surprised that you could get all that and the sun creams too!!! Bargain

  2. Lovely haul. Had a look at the site and the mam stuff are super cheap x

    1. I love the 3 for 2 on MAM items, saves a fortune x

  3. Angela Garside2 May 2015 at 16:46

    Ooh never seen sun spray before. A much better idea than cream

    1. Yep, and not sticky like cream either x