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What to Pack for Stress-Free Summer Vacation?

by Priya Mashru   ·  1 year ago   ·  

Are you confused about what to pack for a holiday? Do you tend to overpack? Here’s a quick checklist to help pack for a stress-free vacation.


Are you ready for some feel-good fun in the sun? Then let’s get packing for a super adventure this summer. 

Summer vacation is the perfect time to get away from the stresses of daily life and explore new places. And packing should be the least of your worries. But somehow we tend to overpack which adds to our stress. A paradox, really. 

So, before you start packing your bags, let’s make sure you have everything you need without overpacking stuff and stress, both.  

The Fear of Underpacking

Forgetting to pack some essentials can lead to some unpleasant vacation experiences. Imagine spending a day at the beach without sunscreen, and then getting a painful sunburn that ruins the rest of your trip. Or, running out of water while hiking a trail, feeling dehydrated, just because you forgot to carry your water bottle. Or not having enough shoes, the right outfits, and so on. I have been guilty of packing for 15 days for a 5-day vacation. And then stressing over ensuring that I have packed everything back.  

Whether you’re hitting the beach, exploring a new city, or hiking through the mountains, we’ve got you covered with this ultimate list of travel essentials for your summer vacation to help make your packing process a breeze. 

So, let’s get begin to make a simple summer trip packing list! Don’t worry, we won’t judge if you overpack on the snacks!

What are the Travel Essentials for a Feel-Good Summer Vacation?

1. Sunscreen

One of the most important things to pack for any summer vacation is sunscreen. Spending time outdoors in the sun without protection can lead to painful sunburns and increase the risk of skin cancer. Make sure to choose a sunscreen with a high SPF and apply it regularly, especially if you plan on spending a lot of time in the water or exploring.

2. Hat and Sunglasses

Along with sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses are also important to protect your face and eyes from the sun’s harmful rays. Not only will they help keep you safe, but they can also make for some stylish vacation photos.

3. Reusable Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is crucial during the hot summer months, especially if you’re planning on being active or spending time in the sun. Bringing a reusable water bottle can help you stay hydrated without having to constantly buy bottled water, which is not only expensive but also bad for the environment. Plus, many destinations offer water refill stations or fountains, making it easy to stay hydrated on the go.

4. Insect Repellent

Summer is also the time for mosquitoes, ticks, and other biting insects, which can suck the fun out of your holiday if you’re not prepared. Insect repellent can help keep these pests away, so you can enjoy your trip without constantly swatting at bugs. Look for a repellent with DEET, which is the most effective at repelling insects.

5. First Aid Kit

No one likes to think about getting injured or sick when on vacation, but it’s always better to be prepared just in case. Packing a small first aid kit with items such as band-aids, antiseptic wipes, and pain relievers can help you treat minor injuries and illnesses while on the go.

6. Power Bank

These days, we rely on our smartphones for everything from navigation to taking photos. A power bank can help ensure that your phone stays charged throughout the day, so you don’t miss any photo opportunities or important calls.

7. Comfortable Shoes

Summer vacations often involve a lot of walking, whether it’s exploring a new city, hiking a trail or just relaxing in a resort. Make sure to pack comfortable shoes that can handle all the walking and won’t leave your feet sore at the end of the day. And remember your flip-flops for the downtime too.

8. Lightweight Clothing

Summer vacations often mean hot weather, so packing lightweight and breathable clothing is essential to staying comfortable. Consider packing items such as shorts, t-shirts, sundresses and summer-friendly clothes made of cotton or linen to keep cool.

9. Swimwear

If your summer vacation involves spending time at the beach, pool, or water park, don’t forget to pack your swimwear. Consider packing more than one swimsuit if you are planning a lot of water activities. That way you always have a dry one to change into.

10. Travel Documents

It’s important to keep your travel documents organized and easily accessible. Make sure to pack your passport, ID, travel itinerary, and any other important documents in a secure location, such as a travel wallet or passport holder.

11. Camera

While smartphones these days have great cameras, consider bringing a dedicated camera to capture high-quality photos and videos of your vacation. Don’t forget to bring extra batteries, memory cards, and chargers.

12. Cash and Credit Cards

Make sure to bring enough cash and credit cards for your trip, and keep them in a secure location. Consider bringing multiple forms of payment, so you have a backup if one gets lost or stolen. Also if travelling abroad, research the currency and payment methods of the destination country to avoid any last-minute hassle.

13. Entertainment

Long flights or car rides can be boring without some entertainment. Consider bringing a book, tablet, or other forms of entertainment to keep yourself occupied during travel downtime. Consider this a good time to catch up on your reading. We have a couple of book lists for the easy reader and something a bit more challenging.

And that’s a wrap! 

With this ultimate list of summer travel essentials, you’re now ready to embark on the adventure of a lifetime. 

Whether you’re lounging on a tropical beach or exploring a bustling city, you’ll have everything you need to make the most of your summer vacation. If you are planning a vacation, check out our list of weekend getaways in Maharashtra to make the most of your summer. 

Just don’t forget to pack your sense of fun, adventure and good humour to make some super awesome feel-good travel memories. If you are looking for a sign to go for a much-deserved vacation, we have 9 signs to take that break of them.

Happy travels!


Author : Priya Mashru

Priya is a marketing professional with 15+ years of experience in finance, advertising, real estate and e-commerce. She is also a co-founder of a content and marketing agency. Beyond her professional accomplishments, Priya has a deep appreciation for culture. Her wanderlust allows her to appreciate and respect the cultural richness of the deferent places she travels to. An avid cricket fan, a retro movie buff and a mom, Priya writes with words that captivate ones imagination.

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