Now that summer is fast approaching, it’s time to plan that tropical getaway you’ve been dreaming about. For some tips on how to plan your best vacation yet and to make the most of this year’s travels, check out our previous article on Top Travel Tips for 2020. While you’re busy planning away and packing, the next thing on your mind may be what essentials to pack in your handbag or toiletry kit that you’ll be needing rain or shine. Here’s a list of our top recommendations for summer essentials that you should never leave without:
Top 1 on the list of summer essentials is the sunblock. You’ve probably heard it all before, but your mom’s warnings are true. Not wearing sunblock — especially on your face — will lead to premature aging, wrinkles, and dark spots. To prevent this from happening, use products like Shiseido’s Ultimate Sun Protection Lotion which offers SPF 50+ protection. It’s the ideal brand to use if you’re going for a dip in the pool or the ocean, as dermatologist Dr. Kenneth Howe says this stays on for even hours in the water, and it also feels smooth on your face without leaving a pesky white cast
There’s nothing more frustrating than squinting into the sun during a photoshoot and not being able to see properly. To protect your retinas from harm (and sand on a windy beach), don’t forget to pack a pair of trusty sunglasses. Business Insider’s review of Under Armour’s Road Getaway Sunglasses mentions that they’re a chic option that stays on during an intense game of beach volleyball. They come in a classic aviator shape that suits every face shape while coming with a special coating that prevents scratches and smudges on the lens. Lastly, they have an adjustable nose pad for an ultra-customized fit.
3. Multipurpose Cream
When you’re on the go, you don’t want to be lugging around too many products with you. This is why it’s best to consider products that are multipurpose. Pretty Me’s review of AR Vitamin E Cream describes how it’s safe for all skin types and has an ultra-hydrating formula. It can be used on your face and body as well, treating certain skin conditions like scars or dark spots, making it a great product to have on hand while you’re vacationing.
4. Insect Repellant
If you’ve ever been bitten several times by annoying mosquitos, you know that having the urge to scratch a constant itch can seriously ruin your vacation plans. That’s why packing insect repellant is a sure way to go worry-free no matter where you are. Travel and Leisure’s review of California Baby Bug Repellant Spray mentions that it’s a safe and non-toxic alternative to other chemical-based products. “It is made with citronella, cedar, and lemongrass oils and is free of synthetic fragrances,” so you don’t have to worry about harsh scents.
5. Tinted Moisturizer
Last on the list of summer essentials is a tinted moisturizer. In the crazy summer temperatures, wearing a heavy foundation is a bad idea because it’ll probably melt off your face. If you still want some coverage, your best bet is a light tinted moisturizer so that you look natural, glowing and fresh. Laura Mercier’s Tinted Moisturizer Natural Skin Perfector will give your skin a perfect sheen that looks effortless. It comes power-packed with vitamin and C and E to make your skin feel smooth and energized, and as a bonus, it has SPF30 for added protection.
Lastly, don’t forget to pack as light as possible so you have more space to bring back tons of souvenirs and make good memories!