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Holiday Essentials in Swindon 

Shopping in the town centre? Where to buy the things you'll most definitely need this summer
 
Swindon Summer Holiday
It doesnít matter what type of holiday youíve got planned, Swindon town centre has all the essentials for you within reach - sun tan lotion, money, insurance, passport photos - the lot.
 
So whether it be camping in the UK or jetting off abroad, here are the places to go for all your bits and bobs at The Brunel, The Parade & Swindon Designer Outlet.

Luggage

First things first, you need something to put all your essentials in. Buying the suitable luggage for your trip is the beginning to a perfect holiday.

For fashionable/stylish yet practical luggage, try:

House of Fraser
44-54 Canal Walk, Swindon
01793 516516

> more info

Marks & Spencer
81 Regent Street
01793 616266
> more info

Debenhams
1-11 The Parade
0844 561 6161
> more info
 
BHS
34 Regent Street
01793 495299
> more info
 
Samsonite
Unit 106, Designer Outlet
01793 528525
Toiletries

Sun cream, mosquito repellent, tablets of all shapes and sizes, plasters and much more are all needed for your holiday and, sure, you can buy them whilst your there, but why not go prepared this year and save some time and hassle when the emergency strikes?
For all your toiletries essentials, go to:

Boots
Unit 3 Brunel Plaza
01793 536347
> more info

Bodycare
85 Regent Street
01793 525528
> more info

Kateson Bodycare
33 The Arcade
01793 433243

Get in 'holiday mode' with a relaxing bubble bath from Lush!...

Lush
17 Canal Walk
01793 524980

Superdrug
41-45 The Parade
01793 480016
> more info

The Body Shop
Unit 5, Designer Outlet
01793 530633

Crabtree & Evelyn
Unit 89, Designer Outlet
01793 430356

Sunglasses

Whilst we rarely need them here in Blighty, sunglasses are a definite must-have when you're jetting off abroad to protect your eyes. Whichever style you go for, make sure you grab a pair before you go!

Boots Opticians
2c Brunel Plaza
01793 693719

Sunglass Hut
Unit 79a, Designer Outlet
01793 520514

Beauty

We all want to look our best on the beach or next to the pool, right? Here's where to get yourself properly preened and pampered in Swindon.

OMG Hair & Beauty
7 Faringdon Road
01793 433433
 
And how about jazzing up your nails for the hot summer weather?
 
Chickkks Hair Salon
114 Victoria Road, Old Town
01793 434421

Money

There is nothing worse than being stuck somewhere with no money, so get yourself prepared by exchanging your money early (before the rush at the airport!).
 
Most travel agents will exchange your money for you, but have a little shop around for the best exchange rate first Ė find the best deal you can!

For all your money needs, try:

Marks & Spencer
81 Regent Street
01793 616 266
> more info

Thomas Cook
39 The Parade
08453 089597
> more info

Thomson
53-55 The Parade
01793 617822

Post Office
10-12 Regent Street
> more info

Insurance

For those times that your own first aid kit wonít cover your accidents, itís always best to go away with travel insurance. It gives you peace of mind and allows you to enjoy your holiday to the full!

To take away those worries, try:

Travel Angels
30 Havelock Street
01793 513 030
> more info

Marks & Spencer
81 Regent Street
01793 616 266
> more info

Thomas Cook
74-75 Regent Street
01793 613 277
> more info

Thomson
53-55 The Parade
01793 617822

Post Office
10-12 Regent Street

Passport Photos

Itís typical of us Britís to leave everything to the last minute, including sorting out our passports before we go abroad. If youíre in the town centre, take a few minutes out of your time to get your photo taken.

Get organised and pop into:

Post Office
10-12 Regent Street

Mobile Phones

Are you one of those people that go away, keep in contact with all your friends and then come home to a massive phone bill? Havenít we all! Be prepared this year and take a trip to a mobile phone shop and have a little chat about your bill.

Some providers allow you to add certain packages to be used abroad for a short period or even try purchasing a sim that can be used abroad.

Swindon town centre
To save a little money, try:

Carphone Warehouse
77 Regent Street
01793 486761
> more info

Phones 4 U
20 Regent Street
01793 480407
> more info

Orange
13 Canal Walk
0870 3763125
> more info

O2
76a Regent Street
01793 511205
> more info

EE
7 Canal Walk
01793 522814
> more info

3 Store
9 Canal Walk
01793 618575

T-Mobile
7 Canal Walk
01793 522 814
> more info

Cameras

It is guaranteed that whilst you are away, youíll see something you wish you could take a picture of. And itís highly likely to be the time you donít have a camera on you.

To make sure youíre not left wishing, try speaking to one of the experts in Swindonís many camera stores. Theyíll be able to advise you on what camera will be suitable for the type of trip you are planning.

Get snap happy at:

Great Western Cameras
4-5 Market Street
01793 537436
> more info

T4 Cameras
13 Market Street
01793 523 332
> more info

If you already know exactly what youíre looking for, try:

Argos
19-21 Canal Walk
01793 509290
> more info

Currys
19 Regent Street
01793 487373
> more info

Entertainment

Travelling to and from your holiday isnít the most fun; you just want time to pass quickly so you can arrive at your destination. Books, E-Books and travel games all keep time flying whether youíre sat on a coach, aeroplane or in a car.

Keep yourself entertained on holiday, try:

WH Smith
10-12 Regent Street
01793 531 342

Waterstones
14-15 Brunel Plaza
01793 436 465
> more info

Argos
19-21 Canal Walk
01793 509290

And for the kids (or even adults!) check out games galore at:

Hawkins Bazaar
2B Brunel Plaza
0844 573 4527
> more info

Travelling

Now, whatís the point in packing all the essentials and not being able to actually get anywhere?!

Get there safe and sound with:

StageCoach 01452 418630 - www.stagecoachbus.com
MegaBus 0900 160 0900 Ė www.uk.megabus.com
BMS Coaches 01793 823 747 - www.bmscoaches.co.uk

Forgotten anything?

For all those little bits and bobs that always get forgotten, try the stores that sell everything from health and beauty to homewares.

For all the forgotten essentials, go to:

Wilkinson
54-58 Fleet Street
01793 433 006
> more info

99p Store
13-14 Havelock Square
01793 534 207
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