What to Pack for Summer Vacation

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Summer is here and that means it’s time to pack up and take off!  Whether you’re heading to the beach or a fantastic mountain retreat, you need to make sure you have all your essentials packed up and ready to go.  Here are some things that absolutely must be in your luggage when you head off on your summer vacation.

Swimming Attire

You’ll need at least two swimsuits (because putting on wet swimsuits is a pain you don’t need on your vacation) and a cover-up, like a sarong or sun dress.  It just isn’t summer vacation if you can’t enjoy splashing around in whatever water happens to be available!

Variety of Comfy Shoes

Flip flops are great for wearing to the beach or the pool, sandals are wonderful for a quick slip-on for restaurants or shopping and comfy tennis shoes are essential for long days of exploring the local sights.

Versatile Clothes

You can save a lot of room in your suitcase by packing clothes that can serve multiple needs.  A great sun dress will double as a cover-up while you’re relaxing at the beach, but you can also dress it up with some great accessories and have a gorgeous nighttime look.  Silky camisoles pair easily with both shorts and cute skirts, meaning the same top can go from a fun day of shopping to a wonderful night of dancing.

Sun Protection

There’s nothing more quintessentially summer than playing in the sun.  However, if you don’t have the right protection, you can end up with horrible sunburn.  Make sure you take along some good sunscreen and some sunglasses so that you can protect both your skin and your eyes.  Popular vacation destinations often jack up the prices on essentials like these; you could end up paying four or five times what you’d pay if you brought your own from home, so don’t forget!

Some Final Advice

Don’t forget chargers for personal electronic devices; you’ll kick yourself if your phone is dead and you miss the perfect picture!  It’s also a good idea to have an inventory of your luggage, just in case it happens to get lost.  In the weeks leading up to your summer vacation, make a list of things you need to pack; trying to think of everything at the last minute will only increase your stress, and the likelihood that you’ll forget something important.


  1. Yes, all great tips - how was your holiday trip?

  2. My holiday trip to Memphis was great sis!

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