You’ve booked your tickets to paradise and you cannot wait to feel the sand between your toes, sip some margaritas and FINALLY kick back. While you may find yourself day dreaming about your upcoming Turks and Caicos trip while impatiently checking off calendar days, there’s more to be done before takeoff. Trust us when we say, nothing puts a damper on a hot summer vacay quite like being unprepared.
Having the right travel essentials will keep you stress free, exactly the way a summer vacation should be. So, check out our handy dandy list below and get to packing!
High altitudes and salty snacks can leave your body feeling bloated and your skin feeling dry. A simple solution is to make sure you are constantly hydrated throughout your journey. While TSA regulations may keep you from bringing water through security try packing a Klean Kanteen ($28.95) to fill up at your gate before boarding. Not only is the bottle super light, it will also keep beverages cold for 24 hours, and hot for up to 6 hours.
Wanting to leave your flight looking refreshed but not feeling long lines to the restroom for a makeup check? Reach your destination with a natural go by packing a mini Evian Facial Spray ($15 for two) from Sephora. The bottle is already in an airplane approved size, and will wake you up and restore dried out skin in seconds.
Beat air boredom by cranking your favorite playlist through a pair of FRENDS Noise Canceling Headphones ($149.95). Not only do these headphones allow you to rock out as loud as you want to without disturbing your neighbor, they also come in stylish colors like rose gold!
Save luggage space and time by packing as many multipurpose items as possible. Items like the Lululemon Vinyasa Infinity Scarf ($48) works perfects as a scarf, shall, or wrap to keep you cozy and warm all flight long.
Read up on your vacation destination or simply indulge in your new trashy novel on a sleek E-reader like the Kindle Fire ($49.99) from Amazon. The Kindle reader is great when it comes to avoiding a glare, making it easy to take it from your flight to the beach.
Speaking of the Kindle Fire, why not pick up a Kindle Fire Kids Edition ($99.99)? The Kindle for Kids Bundle comes with 2-year accident protection and a cute kid friendly case giving mom and dad peace of mind. The tablet also comes with unlimited downloads for kid’s apps, games, and books for the first 3 months which means endless entertainment on long flights or car rides.
No more digging around bottomless bags for individual snacks! Make sure you grab a YUMBOX Lunchbox ($26.99) from Amazon and make packing snacks a whole lot easier. The lunch boxes are leak proof and come with bento style containers allowing you to give your child lots of different options.
Keep your vacation pain free by making sure the little ones are well covered with BALM! All Natural Sunscreen ($13.94). The sunscreen comes as an SPF 30 and doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals, the container is also cute enough to re-use once you are finished with it.
Traveling with an infant? Allow your sweet little one to sleep anywhere with a Baby Travel Bag and Carrycot ($177.90). This bag is a new parent’s best friend thanks to its ability to convert from a tote into a mini-cot, perfectly sized for babies. Now nap time doesn’t have to interfere with a busy travel schedule, and your baby can rest that sweet little head whenever and wherever they like.
Allow your mini me to join in on the photo taking fun by packing their own VTech Kidizoom Camera Connect ($29.88). The camera works just like a regular digital camera, but comes in a design perfect for tiny, clumsy hands. Your child will be able to edit and share photos, as well as capture videos from your family vacation. You never know, it may result to some of your best candid memories!
You never know when you will need to dig up a hotel confirmation or booking receipt, and who needs to go digging through old emails? Be prepared and keep all travel paperwork in a stylish Kate Spade File Folders ($16 for a set of 6). Not only will you keep calm in stressful situations, your cool and classy organizational skills are sure to turn a few heads.
Protect your peepers and release your inner Jackie O’ with some bold and classic oversized sunglasses like the Michael Kors Tabitha Sunglasses ($59.00). The shades are a great way to dress up to most casual vacation wardrobe and will leave you feeling oh-so-glamorous.
Summer vacation can often mean lots of walking, and while you may have fallen for those pointed to flats, your feet will be begging for mercy by lunch time! Keep it retro with Adidas Original Superstar Flat Tops ($79.99). Not only are the kicks insanely cute, but your feet will also thank you for the 80’s flash back.
While you’re having fun, take some time over your morning coffee to jot down some of your favorite memories from the trip. Try a stylish leather bound notebook like TOMS Saddle Brown Travel Journal ($30.00). You will be so grateful you took time to jot down some inspiration when those notes spark your next big idea!
Stick to light, compact carry-on bags for short weekends away this summer. Bags like the MASON from Sole Society ($79.95) are perfect for packing just the essentials. It also helps that the bag is much more attractive than bulky, oversized luggage pieces. We also love the feeling of getting off our flight and not having to waste time waiting at the luggage carousel. Enjoy!