For many, the end of July means jetting away to somewhere sunnier - with or without kids in tow - as the summer holidays officially begin. In honour of the warmest of summer months and the inevitable packing dilemmas that unfold, we bring you the five holiday essentials you shouldn't be without. 1 Cotton polo shirts With their ready-washed appearance and soft cotton handle, these made-in-England polos look as relaxed by the pool in the Bahamas as they do on the beach in Cornwall. Choose a couple of colours and you're all set. 2 Lightweight cotton trousers Smart enough for the evening without looking stuffy, these lightweight cotton trousers are a versatile choice for summer getaways. The beige is perfectly summery, and the added benefit of full length trousers on holiday, is protection from those pesky mosquitos... 3 Patterned swim shorts These quick-drying swim shorts by British brand Love Brand & Co are the only swimwear you'll need. Available in a variety of colours and patterns, they have a drawstring waist, a velcro-seal back pocket and a soft mesh lining. 4 Striped linen shirt A linen shirt is the perfect partner for lightweight cotton trousers. Ours are made from pure Irish linen and were made for stylish holiday wardrobes. We love the easy elegance of soft blue and white stripes. 5 Striped linen shorts Perfect with our cotton polos, our subtly-striped linen shorts are true holiday essentials. They're breathable, supremely comfortable and look impeccably stylish in hot climates. Add a leather Argentine polo belt to smarten them up, and your holiday look is complete.