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You've booked your summer holiday. Next step: what to take with you. If you're stuck for inspiration, then try the new e-commerce site, www.style-passport.com, which has all the fashion and beauty products you need for a stylish getaway. Another new website, Beach Tomato, offers inspiration from fashion to beauty, via holiday reads, music playlists and trip ideas.

www.style-passport.com; www.beachtomato.com

Helpful hints

Forget about insuring your iPod. For the 19th-century female traveller, insurance was advised for "railway accidents...in case of death [insurance tickets] entitle their heirs to claim a large sum of money," wrote Lillias Campbell Davidson in Hints to Lady Travellers; at Home and Abroad, published in 1897. The book has just been republished by Elliott & Thompson with the Royal Geographical Society.

£6.99; www.eandtbooks.com

Cover up

Inspired by health and beauty rituals from around the world, from Turkish hammam to Ayurvedic wellness, beauty brand Rituals has recently launched a sun protection range. The products include a high SPF face cream, body lotions to guard against both UVA and UVB rays, an express protection mist and after-sun lotion. All come in white tea and gingko balboa fragrance.

From £9.90; uk.ritualsstore.com

Room service

After slipping between the luxurious sheets of a hotel bed or swanning around the room in a fluffy white bathrobe, returning home can be disappointing. With that in mind, Swissôtel has launched Swissôtel at Home, a website where you can purchase popular hotel items, from feather mattress toppers to bath towels.

From €6; www.swissotelathome.com

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