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Help! I need everything for my holiday and it’s in two days

Fear not – Hannah Banks-Walker has discovered the best holiday buys with last-minute delivery

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If your approach to packing could rival that of my parents (see here for details), then I don’t doubt that you were ready to leave for your holiday at least two weeks before your actual departure date. If, however, you have been too busy living your life/attempting to stay alive in the heatwave, then what on earth are you supposed to do when you finally realise your holiday is but a few days away, and you have bugger all to take with you? Short of sprinting into your nearest M&S and jumping head-first into a pile of tankinis, before sweeping Boots for travel-sized toiletries, there is an easier way.

From Net-a-Porter to ASOS, I’ve had a look for the best buys that will make your holiday even easier, which can all be delivered before you can say “passport”. Well, almost. Here are the speediest delivery services that will bring your holiday essentials right to your door. They just can’t help with the actual packing.


The online behemoth offers a ”Premier” service for some postcodes in the UK (£12), which means if you order before 10am, your purchase will be delivered before 6pm on the same day. There’s also an evening option, meaning you can order before 2pm and your items will be delivered between 6-9pm on the same day. There’s also the option of next-day delivery (all over the UK) for £8, while standard delivery promises to arrive within three days and is a fiver.

Nab some last-minute accessories to add some pizzazz to your holiday wardrobe. These Castañer wedges are the ultimate summer shoe – they’re super comfy and go with absolutely everything.



Here, you can get next-day delivery for £5.95. There’s also an evening option, if you’re unable to accept parcels during the day. Or, you could go for ASOS Instant, which promises same-day delivery for £9.95 if you order before midday.

Great for sun dresses in all manner of styles. Plus, there’s a great range of sizes, ranging from a 2-32.



The high-street brand has long been known for its speedy delivery. Order before midnight for next-day delivery to your home or your nearest store.

If you’re in desperate need of some swimwear, Next has a huge array. As well as its in-house designs, there are also brands like Figleaves and also Pour Moi, which offers bikinis and one pieces for bigger cup sizes.



The standard-delivery service, which promises to arrive within five days is £5. If, however, you’re really pushed for time, you could go for the next-day delivery for £8, as long as you order before 6pm. That’s available Monday-Sunday, too, between the hours of 8am and 6pm. For a tenner, you could opt for Selfridges’ Timed Delivery, which allows you to choose a specific slot so you know exactly when to expect your delivery.

If you need some sunglasses, Selfridges has everything from Le Specs to Dior. And, there’s also a wealth of travel-sized beauty products, including SPF moisturisers and suncream. Nobody wants to face the queue in the airport Boots, after all.



There are so many delivery options, you’re almost spoilt for choice. Standard delivery is free, which is about 3-5 working days. In terms of quick options, one-day delivery includes Saturday delivery and is £5.99, while express delivery arrives by 1pm the following day and is £6.49. Same day delivery is £6.99, but you need to check the cut-off time for orders, as these differ depending on where you live. And, obviously, there’s Prime, which not only gives you a discounted price on the aforementioned delivery options, it also means my friends can order disco balls that arrive within AN HOUR. True story. Although I’m not sure how useful they would be on a beach.



Perhaps not the most obvious choice for last-minute deliveries, but you can order something to arrive the next day if you order before 8pm. It’s £8.95 and includes Saturday delivery, too.  

Given that linen will be your saviour in hot weather, Monsoon really is the answer to any wardrobe conundrums you might be having ahead of any holiday. There’s a vast array of lovely midi dresses, not to mention breezy blouses and comfy shorts.


Click here for the speediest last-minute holiday-buys 


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