Packing for your days in the sun

A smart guide to vacation packing

Hello, fellow travelers! As the sun-soaked vacation you’ve been dreaming of approaches, it’s time to tackle the sometimes daunting task of packing. Whether you’re heading to a tropical paradise, beach resort, or a sunny city, packing efficiently and stylishly is key to ensure you have everything you need without lugging around a heavy suitcase. Here’s a handy guide for both men and women to make your sun vacation truly relaxing and enjoyable.

For Women:

Light and breezy clothing
Pack lightweight, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. Think sundresses, shorts, tank tops, and maxi skirts. A stylish swimsuit or bikini is a must (possibly more than one) and don’t forget a beach cover-up for strolls along the shore.

Comfortable sandals are essential for sunny destinations. Opt for a pair that can transition from beach to café seamlessly. Bring a pair of flip-flops for the beach and a pair of stylish walking sandals for exploring.

Accessorize your outfits with hats, chic sunglasses, and statement earrings. A versatile scarf can add a pop of colour to your outfits and double up as a beach wrap. Remember to pack a beach bag for carrying your essentials.

Skincare and toiletries
Sunscreen with a high SPF, after-sun lotion, and a wide-brimmed hat are your best friends. Don’t forget to pack your favourite skincare products, including a lightweight moisturizer and a refreshing face mist. A water-resistant makeup bag is perfect for poolside touch-ups.

Tech and entertainment
Bring a waterproof phone case to capture those underwater moments. Load your e-reader with your favorite books and podcasts for lazy afternoons by the pool or beach.

For men:

Lightweight apparel
Pack breathable shirts, shorts, and chinos. Hawaiian shirts or linen button-downs are perfect for both daytime and evening outings. T-shirts and tank tops are great for casual days. Don’t forget a couple of swim trunks for beach days.

A comfortable pair of sandals for beach activities and exploring is a must. If you plan on hiking or walking extensively, consider lightweight, breathable runners. Bring a pair of flip-flops for the beach and pool areas.

Sunglasses are essential. Consider polarized lenses for extra eye protection. Hats, such as snapbacks or fedoras, not only protect you from the sun but also add a touch of style. A good-quality watch is a functional accessory that can elevate your look.

Personal care 
Sunscreen with high SPF, a wide-brimmed hat, and a reusable water bottle are crucial. Don’t forget your basic toiletries, including a lightweight, quick-drying towel. A grooming kit with a trimmer, razor, and grooming products will keep you looking sharp.

Tech and entertainment
Pack a waterproof phone case to capture memorable moments. Consider bringing a portable Bluetooth speaker for beach parties or lazy afternoons with your favorite tunes. Load your tablet or e-reader with books, movies, and games for entertainment on the go.

Remember, the key to successful packing is versatility and simplicity. Mix and match your clothing items, and choose lightweight, wrinkle-resistant fabrics. By packing smartly, you’ll have more space in your luggage for souvenirs and delightful finds from your sun vacation. Bon voyage!

Packing for the shorties

Packing for little travelers requires careful planning to ensure they have everything they need for a fun and comfortable vacation. Here’s a quick guide to make sure your little ones are all set for the adventure:

Pack lightweight and breathable outfits suitable for the destination's climate. Think comfortable shorts, t-shirts, swimsuits, and dresses for girls. For boys, shorts and polo shirts are a good choice. Don’t forget to pack a light jacket or sweater for cooler evenings.

Sturdy sandals are ideal for warm destinations, providing comfort and protection for tiny feet. Bring a pair of comfortable sneakers for walking tours or adventurous activities. Don’t forget water shoes for beachcombing and water sports.

Sunglasses with UV protection and a wide-brimmed hat are essential to shield them from the sun. A small backpack with their favorite cartoon character can hold their toys, snacks, and water bottles while exploring.

Toys and entertainment
Pack a selection of their favourite toys, books, and coloring materials to keep them entertained during travel and downtime. Consider loading a tablet with kid-friendly games and movies for long journeys. Bring their favourite blanket or cuddly toy for comfort during naps and bedtime. A travel neck pillow and a cozy blanket can make a long flight or car journey more relaxing for them.

Health and safety
Include a small first aid kit with basic supplies like band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers. Pack any necessary medications, along with a copy of their prescriptions. Don’t forget insect repellent suitable for children.

Pack a variety of healthy snacks like granola bars, fruit slices, and crackers. Having familiar snacks on hand can be a lifesaver, especially in destinations where kid-friendly food might be scarce.

Remember, a well-prepared travel bag for your little ones ensures they are happy, engaged, and safe, making your family vacation a delightful experience for everyone. Happy travels!