CRUMPLED clothes, soggy beach towels and sweltering heat are all downsides to summer hols.
But happily, all sorts of clever gadgets and gizmos are now available to transform your experience — and they need not cost you a fortune to buy.
Here is our round-up of some of the must-haves for a relaxing break . . .
KEEP TRACK: Avoid the horror of losing your passport or wallet, by tucking a Tile Bluetooth device into your holder. If the holder goes missing, you can trace it using an app on your phone.
John Lewis has one for £13.99, down from £19.99.
SMART PRICE: Planning to dress up for some fancy meals?
B&M has compact hairdryers for £8.99, while cordless travel shavers from Tesco are £13 with a Clubcard, down from £17.
FULL STEAM AHEAD: Take a break from ironing while away, with a clothes steamer.
Amazon’s £22.99 Mukynny version is a decent budget version.
DRY LIKE IT: Say goodbye to soggy, sand-ridden towels with the Fit-Flip beach towel, (Amazon, £13.99), which repels sand and dirt and dries super-fast.
Another quick-dry option is Padi’s poncho-towel, which you can also use to cover up while getting dressed at the beach.
It is now 40 per cent off at padigear.net, down from £30 to £18.
BE COOL: Can’t take the heat on your holiday?
Try a folding portable fan, reduced from £29.99 to £24.99 at Coopers of Stortford.
BET IT’S WET: Millets is selling Peter Storm compact umbrellas at half-price for £5 — and get an extra 20 per cent off your order with the code BRAND20, making it £4.
JUST IN CASE: The Vago baggage compressor squishes clothes up in a vacuum bag to free more space in your suitcase.
Amazon now has it for £29, reduced by 99p.
- All prices on page correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers are subject to availability.
Deal of the day
BUY three Ragu sauces at £1 each, including bolognese and lasagne, and get a free pack of pasta worth £1.25 from Iceland.
Ends July 19.
DOUBLE choc and vanilla Gu cheesecake desserts are £2, down from £3.50, from Sainsbury’s.
UNDER-tens can enjoy a free Buzz Lightyear-inspired bento box from restaurant chain Yo! Sushi.
It includes a chicken, prawn, or pumpkin katsu main, a side and a drink.
Add a dessert for £1.50.
Visit the chain’s after-school club from 3.30pm to 5.30pm today until Thursday at participating branches.
Find out more at yosushi.com/kids-eat-free.
ZEBRA print is all the rage.
Be bang on trend with Seafolly’s £95 swimsuit from John Lewis.
Or swap it for George’s version, £12.50, from Asda.
Leah’s little helper
HOLIDAYMAKERS can get 7.2 per cent cashback with Airbnb by purchasing a TopGiftcard from topcashback.co.uk.
So for a gift card with a value of £200, members get £14.40 back.
The cards have no expiration date and their value can either be spent all at once or applied to multiple bookings.
Shop & save
Asda has a two-for-£7 deal on meat and fish, including eight minted lamb kebabs and ten Cumberland sausages, normally £4 each.
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