It's finally that time. Summer has officially begun, and the trip that you have been planning since the cold, dreary winter is looming. Whether you're heading to a tropical destination or jet-setting around quaint towns in the French countryside, you'll need to be prepared. Here's the summer vacation packing checklist that will help you ensure that you don't forget a thing.
Before you go, check out the weather for your destination. Even if it's 90 degrees and sunny where you live, you may be heading to a locale where temperatures don't surpass 75. Or maybe the sun shines so brightly that you need to revamp your summer wardrobe. Cabana Life clothing is versatile in any weather.
When it's bright and sunny, long sleeves on many of our dresses and rashguards protect you from UV rays with breathable fabric that keeps you cool. On chilly evenings, tunics, lounge pants and leggings will keep you from getting goosebumps.
Hot Tip: Packable dresses may be the easiest way to stay chic and save room in your luggage while traveling. They won't wrinkle easily, and they're a one-step, grab-and-go style item that's perfect for any vacation.
Obviously, you'll need to pack all of your items in a roomy piece of luggage. Don't worry about getting your Cabana Life clothing wrinkled. Its relaxed fabric springs back into shape even after being packed for a while.
Can't decide what bags to bring? Organize your essentials with luggage from Scout Bags. The all-weather fabrics keep your stuff dry and are easy to clean. Plus, you can shop based on your packing strategy. Whether you're a minimalist, overpacker or pocket enthusiast, Scout Bags has the bag for you.
Hot Tip: Pack an extra bag to use as a beach bag while you're on your trip. That way, you won't have to unpack your entire travel bag in order to use it to haul your towels and sunscreen to the pool.
You don't want to have to leave the beach to buy more sunscreen during your summer vacation. Bring enough sunscreen for the entire family.
Hot Tip: You're supposed to apply about one ounce of sunscreen lotion each time you spread it on your skin. That means an 8-ounce bottle will only last for 8 applications. Different types of applications, like mists and oils, might last a little longer. Make sure that you get a sense of how much you leave before you head out on your journey.
Accessories can keep you looking fashionable and protect you from the sun at the same time. Even if you're not at the beach, a floppy hat can protect your face and neck from UV rays if you're going to be spending a lot of time outdoors. Sunglasses keep your eyes shielded from sun damage too. Just make sure that they include UV protection.
Hot Tip: The 3-Way Bag from Scout Bags is a great way to organize your accessories while traveling.
A Dose of Fun
Even if your vacation is jam-packed with activities, chances are you'll have down time. You might want to read a book on the plane, or you might be dealing with a few rainy days that keep you stuck inside. Pack a few books and magazines, a deck of playing cards and a crossword puzzle book or two.
Hot Tip: If you don't have anything to do while you're huddling in your cabana during a thunderstorm, you can always play charades.
Some other items you should put on your summer vacation packing checklist:
-Camera (make sure you dump the storage before you leave so that you have plenty of room for photos)
-Money belt or neck wallet
-Phone chargers and adapters if necessary
-Reusable water bottle
You'll be a packing pro if you plan out your packing ahead of time. You don't want to have to run out for batteries the night before your trip. Start getting organized now, and you'll enjoy your vacation knowing that you haven't missed a thing.