Vacation can be an exciting time for anyone who loves fun, excitement, new experiences, and relaxation. Many people look forward to the summer months for just this reason, because it means sorely needed break from the grind and monotony of daily life. To make sure you get the absolute most out of your summer vacation, Vine Vera put together a list of a few items we think you simply must bring with you.
This should go without saying, of course (unless, perhaps, your vacation is to a nudist resort), but there are a few things to note here. For one, look up the weather at the place you’re going; you can’t assume that it will be the same as what you’re used to, and you can’t guarantee that just because it’s summer, you’ll never need a jacket or sweater. It all depends on your destination and the climate there, so use that to inform your clothing decisions, and no matter what you end up doing, pack at least one jacket and one short-sleeved outfit, just in case.
In terms of how much to bring, a potentially helpful metric is to think about how many days you’ll be away. If you’ll be gone less than a week, pack enough to make one outfit for every day you’ll be gone. If you’ll be gone more than a week, but less than a month, just pack seven days’ worth of outfits. It won’t be the end of the world if you have to wear some outfits more than once, and if you coordinate all the clothing items you bring well, you’ll be able to mix and match so that you never really wear quite the same thing twice. If you’re going to be gone for more than a month, go all out and bring as much of your wardrobe as you can manage. For a trip that long, you’re probably bringing pretty big suitcases anyway.
Something to Pass the Time
You’d be surprised how many people forget this one. Yes, you’re going on vacation to do fun things and have neat experiences, but there will be downtime in between all that (and not to mention in transit) when you’ll want a good book, favorite magazine, music, laptop or tablet, or whatever other enjoyable thing you like to use to pass the time.
As with any other day, every day of vacation, you should apply broad spectrum SPF 30 or higher sunscreen and reapply several times a day. Bring some travel sized stuff with you, and don’t forget to put it on for the travel days themselves! Especially if you’re driving (but even if you’re not), you’ll need sun protection simply from all the sunlight streaming in through the glass.
In addition to whatever credit or debit cards you may like to use, you should bring a bit of cash in your wallet. It’s always a shame to see something you have to have at a market or festival booth, and realize that you only have your card, and they’re cash-only.
Basic Skin Care Regimen
We’ll keep this one brief, as we’ve talked at length about skin care basics for vacation already, but in essence, when packing for a vacation, think very carefully about what you will actually need in the time you’re gone. For example, if you normally exfoliate every week, and you’ll be gone a week and a half, you probably don’t need your exfoliant on hand; your skin will survive the few extra days.