Summer holidays are fast approaching, and with that comes the annual justification to update your wardrobe with a few new pieces for your jollies.  I'll be picking up some espadrilles, new sunglasses, a chic one piece swimsuit and a versatile handbag suitable for both carry-on luggage and beach bag, to keep my suitcase nice and light.

zebra print handbag

Step up Next's Zebra Raffia Tote Bag, made from a nice summery raffia fabric in black and white zebra print, cream aztec diamond patterns and snakeskin trim. I prefer zebra to leopard print, as it's slightly more sophisticated (as much as garish animal print can be) in monochrome and I'd always choose classic black and white over brown, to go with the majority of my wardrobe.

The size is perfect to store my magazines, purse, obligatory in-flight fruit pastilles, Caudalie's refreshing Beauty Elixir face mist, passport, sunnies, travel documents and all the other airplane essentials for the flight and Carmex, waterproof mascara, sunscreen, iPod, a good book, tennis ball, sheer sarong, water bottle and, the chicest summer accessory, goggles for the beach. What are your summer travel essentials?