Essential Packing List For Summer Vacations

One of the best parts about the summer months is getting out of town with your friends and family to make memories that will last a lifetime on vacation. There are many things to take into consideration when you’re preparing for your getaway, tips to help make your vacation more comfortable, and how much to budget for shopping and dining out.

The less you have to worry about concerning your vacation, the more likely you can truly unwind and unplug. If you’re wondering what to pack for your summer vacation, keep reading for all the essentials and take your packing list off your plate. 

Protective Layers

One of the quickest ways to dampen your fun on your vacation is getting a sunburn from not taking appropriate protective measures. Even if you avoid sunburn, you could develop premature fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, or even melasma from inadequate care.

On top of packing SPF for your facial skin and body, it’s a good idea to include an oversized sun hat or visor in your luggage too.If you want to try to minimize baggage, consider looking for small suitcases for travel that can efficiently accommodate your essentials while maintaining a compact form. Small suitcases are especially handy when you’re planning to explore multiple destinations and need to move around easily.  Lastly, ensure you can take in all the beautiful views without squinting by including several pairs of stylish sunglasses. 

Comfortable Shoes

While including your favorite heels or flats in your designer luggage is key to having something to wear on your nights out or fancy dinners, it’s equally important to have appropriate footwear for exploring. Heading somewhere you’ll be hiking?

Make sure you’ve got safe boots! If you’re heading to a beautiful city that begs to be explored by walking the Old World streets during the day, shopping, and eating from street vendors – you’ll want some comfortable athletic shoes. Don’t let your vacation be spoiled by sore feet or back pain because you neglected to pack the right footwear. 

Elevated Outfit

It can be tempting to pack all your favorite clothing for vacation, but the reality is that most of your vacation is spent doing casual excursions. It’s still a good idea to be ready for anything, so you’ll want to pack at least one look for a night out.

Bring a dress or outfit you feel confident in, but you’re still comfortable. While it’s fun to shop for new clothes for a trip, make sure the elevated outfit is something you know you look great in, as you’ll likely take a lot of photos in it. And remember, most outfits can be dressed up with the right hairstyle and bold lip color!

Coordinated Sets 

One thing that makes midi or maxi dresses a must-have in any woman’s wardrobe is that they take little effort to look pulled together. While your packing list for your vacation should include a maxi or midi dress, this year, the coordinated set has dethroned them as your “one and done” outfit go-to.

Every fashion brand offers several sets in their summer collections, so pick a few from your favorite retailers. Sets allow you to put zero effort into your outfit and always look chic. 

Light Layering Options

Layers are key to your vacation packing list, from staying comfortable on the plane to being able to roll with the punches as the weather fluctuates whether you are walking, running, or strolling through art galleries on your trip.

Simple items like a light cardigan, a denim jacket, or even an oversized scarf can be a lifesaver as the weather changes, and you’ll still look stylish with any of those pieces. Including a fashionable carry-all in your luggage is a great way to take those layering pieces with you on your daily excursions and pull them out when necessary. 

Reusable Water Bottle

While it’s not something that you wear, it’s something that can make or break your day while you’re exploring the city after a morning workout.

During your sweat, while hopping on a train, or just laying on the beach something we could all use more often is a reusable water bottle. Not only is it a sustainable choice, but you’ll also save money by not having to stop in bodegas for a refreshing drink. You’ll also have more time to enjoy your visit when you’re not running to the store or your hotel room for vital hydration. 

Packing for your trip is a breeze if you include the items mentioned earlier on your essentials list. While your needs may require a few more or fewer items, stress less by using the above as your packing starting point. Happy Trails!