On holiday it’s generally the little things – namely the accessories and beachwear – that can make a big sartorial difference, which is great news when it comes to limited packing space.

To help inspire our (and your) packing checklist, we’ve been busy scrolling through the Instagram feeds of some of the most traveled celebrities to discover the key holiday accessories they simply wouldn’t hit the beach without…

The Leopard Print Bikini

Look to supermodels Miranda Kerr and Candice Swanepoel and be at one with nature this summer in a fierce leopard print bikini. The eternally chic print never goes out of fashion so you’re guaranteed to reach for it again and again.

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Images courtesy of Instagram: @mirandakerr and @angelcandices

Get the Look: Quiz leopard print cup bikini

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The Multi-tasking Sarong

If there’s only one item in your beach bag this summer, make sure it’s a sarong. Doubling up as a dress, skirt, towel, blanket, you name it, the sarong’s uses are endless. Available in an array of gorgeous colours and prints, it’ll take you straight from beach to bar in style.

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Images courtesy of Instagram: @oliviapalermo and @heidiklum

Get the look: Left to right – Phase Eight palm print sarong and Phase Eight stripe sarong

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The Quirky Beach Bag

Want to know the celebrity secret to instant beach chic? A playful beach bag of course. With the power to jazz up the simplest of holiday outfits, look to Millie Mackintosh who masters poolside posing with a colourful pom pom beach bag or Poppy Delevingne who injects a splash of colour with a bold embroidered bag.

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Images courtesy of Instagram: @camillamackintosh and @poppydelevingne

Get the Look: Top to bottom – Butterfly by Matthew Williamson embellished bagJoe Browns purple embroidered ethnic clutchMiss Selfridge mirror embellished tote bag and Butterfly by Matthew Williamson black Aztec embellished tote bag

The Chic Sun Hat

Leading a jet set lifestyle, it’s no surprise these ladies are experts when it comes to sun protection, always shielding their face with a floppy sun hat. Not only keeping you cool and protecting your skin from damaging UV rays, a sun hat also acts as your shortcut to effortless holiday style. Top tip: wear yours through the airport to prevent it being squashed and misshaped at the bottom of your suitcase.

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Images courtesy of Instagram: @mirandakerr and @beyonce

Get the Look: Top to bottom – Reger by Janet Reger floppy hatPrinciples by Ben de Lisi fedora hat and Phase Eight stripe sun hat

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The Stylish Kaftan

The ultimate beach cover up, the kaftan wins the award for holiday saviour. Quick drying and cool, the kaftan is one very stylish solution to sun, sea and sand.Throw on over your bikini for a day at the beach or dress it up in the evening with heeled sandals and a statement clutch.

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Image courtesy of Instagram: @alessandraambrosio

Get the Look: Left to right – Principles by Ben de Lisi maxi kaftan and Phase Eight Caslista kaftan

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So there you have it, pack like a pro with these five key pieces and you’re sure to be the envy of the beach. Happy holidays!

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