So sometimes this happens: You’re all set to enjoy the sun, sea and sand, but then there’s something you forgot to pack. Luckily, it’s possible to stock up on last-minute beach holiday essentials at Helsinki Airport.
Keep yourself from squinting while soaking up the rays. Aside from protecting your eyes from the sun, a pair of sunglasses will make you look cool while you’re at it. A range of stylish eyewear is available at Collection (T2 Schengen Gate 27), from classic ones by Persol and Ray-Ban (also available at Helsinki Duty Free, T2 Schengen and T2 Non-Schengen) to trendier pairs by Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Marc Jacobs. There are also sunglasses for kids from Ray-Ban Jr. and Polaroid Jr.
Reader’s (T1 Gates 14–15; T2 Schengen Gates 26–27) may be compact in size, but the selection of books and magazines is comprehensive. Whether it’s romance, literary fiction, or the latest Young Adult series, they’re bound to have it in stock.
A handy tote
Need a bag for the beach or pool this summer? Marimekko (T2 Schengen Gates 26–27, T2 Non-Schengen Gate 34) has totes that can easily fit your towels, flip-flops, water bottles and more. That it’s by an iconic Finnish textiles and clothing design company means that whatever bag you choose will last for many holidays to come.
Shade alone can rarely provide full ultraviolet protection, especially for extended periods. One important part of comprehensive sun protection includes regularly using sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. Helsinki Duty Free (T1, T2 Schengen and T2 non-Schengen) stocks sun protection creams, lotions and gels from French luxury skin care company Biotherm and British brand Ultrasun, among others.
If you’re worried about mosquitoes, mites and flies, the Pharmacy (T2 Schengen Gate 27) has HyttysÄssä and PunkkiÄssä insect repellents.
Shopping at the airport.