Summer is finally upon us, and with it comes glorious weather, refreshing pool days and much-needed vacations. Whether you’re planning a beach escape or an epic road trip, now is the perfect time to stock up on everything you’ll need. Make sure you add these seven must-haves to your packing list. Not only will these items keep you comfortable and stylish, but they may keep you safe and healthy during your trip.
1. Comfortable and Flattering Undergarments
While you are on vacation, you certainly want to look stylish, but you don’t need to sacrifice comfort for style. Before you start packing for your next getaway, consider investing in some flattering undergarments that won’t show through your clothes, such as undetectable butt lifter panties. Panties like these are not only seamless under clothing but also give curves a boost.
You may even like wearing shapewear, which are undergarments that provide support and give a flattering shape to the butt, tummy, breasts and sometimes even arms. There are lots of seamless shapewear options that won’t show through your clothes, and they are usually breathable, making them much more comfortable than you might expect.
2. Sunscreen and Sun-protective Accessories
Everyone benefits from wearing sunscreen, which protects the skin from harmful UV rays. The American Academy of Dermatology states that all skin types should apply a daily sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30.
You can protect your skin further by wearing protective accessories like wide-brimmed hats. A bucket hat or a straw beach hat is a great essential to pack for your next summertime vacation since these are always in fashion and can protect you from UV rays. Other protective accessories include sunglasses with UV protection and lightweight but high-coverage dresses, pants and tops.
3. Shorts, Skirts, and Dresses
If you plan on visiting a locale with hot summer weather, pack shorts and short skirts to keep yourself comfortable. If you do not usually wear shorts or short skirts, consider opting for maxi dresses and maxi skirts, which cover your legs almost completely. Choose maxi dresses and skirts made from lightweight and breathable fabric, so you can wear them on the hottest days.
Swimwear is essential for most summer vacations, especially if you plan on visiting a beach, a hotel with a pool or a lakeside resort. While some women enjoy wearing bikinis, many prefer one-piece suits that provide more coverage and comfort.
Many people enjoy the benefits of wearing a slimming swimsuit. These swimsuits are made with built-in compression to highlight your curves, plus they’re stylish.
5. The Right Shoes
Depending on where you will be going for your vacation, you may need to pack different types of footwear. If you plan on doing some hiking or other outdoor activities, be sure to pack at least one pair of sturdy walking shoes or boots. On the other hand, if you plan on hitting up the beach, try to pack flip-flops or other open-toe sandals.
You should consider packing at least one pair of dress shoes for your trip if you have the chance to dine out. These shoes could be decorative heels, wedges or flats, but try to choose a pair you feel comfortable walking in. Also, no matter where you travel, always come prepared with multiple pairs of shoes just in case your first pair gets wet or dirty.
6. Rain Gear
No one wants to think about rain when planning their summer vacation, but you will truly appreciate being prepared if you get caught in a sudden rainstorm while away from home. Pack gear like umbrellas and rain jackets. If you plan on hiking a lot or visiting an area where rain is common, you may want to pack more than one rain jacket or poncho and bring one umbrella per person.
On the theme of preparing for rainy days, bring along some cold medicine in case anyone in your group gets sick. Not having to rush out to a pharmacy in an unfamiliar place takes away a lot of stress.
7. Insect Repellent
If you expect to spend a lot of time outdoors, be sure to pack an insect repellent. Using an insect repellent, especially if you’re traveling out of the country, is the best way to protect yourself from insect-spread diseases, such as Zika. While most repellents use DEET as an active ingredient, some use essential oils that may be less irritating for those with sensitive skin. No matter what type of repellent you opt for, check the label to make sure it repels both mosquitoes and ticks.
While it may seem challenging to get everything you need for your next summer vacation into just one or two bags, try to pack the essentials first and then fill in the rest of your available space with everything else. So, next time you pack for a summer vacation, be sure to include these must-have undergarments, sunscreen, shorts, skirts, dresses, swimwear, footwear and rain gear for the best trip possible.