Summer is all about that relaxed state of mind, but it can also be quite the opposite when it comes to travel plans. To ensure your vacation is as rejuvenating as it should be and as stress-free as possible, I’ve listed out my top seven tips for summer travel!
1. If you don’t have TSA Pre-Check or Global Entry (which automatically gets you Pre-Check) and travel often, JUST DO IT! Save yourself a whole lot of time and headache with the long security lines that are synonymous with summer. Sure, the Pre-Check lines might look long, too, but they move a heck of a lot faster.
2. Always have a portable charger! I carry mine around constantly, but it’s extra helpful while traveling. You don’t have to find and sit by an outlet at the airport, instead you can charge your phone or tablet on the plane, etc. I have the Mophie XL and couldn’t recommend it more. It has two full iPad charges, so it charges your phone up to 6-8 times, and has two ports for dual charging! I’ve had it for at least three years, it’s a game changer.
3. Bring ZzzQuil! There’s nothing worse than jetlag if you’re traveling far, or simply not able to sleep in a new room/bed, even if you’re in the next town over. Don’t ruin your trip by getting a bad night of sleep, it’s not worth it. I bring ZzzQuil with me wherever I travel, always, because you never know when you will experience occasional sleeplessness. When I went to Iceland in March, I was glad I brought extra doses because I ended up sharing it with friends who had trouble sleeping on the long haul flight! (And Danielle texted me a few weeks ago about where to buy, not realizing it was OTC, before her upcoming trip to Italy!) (PS: You can try it too for occasional sleeplessness, head here for $1 off!)
4. Make sure you bring a travel-sized sunscreen and aloe ahead of time. Most of the time when I’m heading to a beachy vacation, I almost always buy a big bottle of sunscreen when I get there so I don’t have to check my bag. I like to travel with sunscreen just-in-case there isn’t time to make a stop on the first day (or you find yourself outside before you’ve even checked into the hotel!), and aloe to soothe my after-sun skin. I was having a hard time finding sunscreen in the travel aisle at the drugstore, and actually recently figured out that these tubes are under 3.4 oz! It’s one of my favorite sunscreens, too, so I was pretty pleased. I also order these in bulk when the summer starts!
5. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Nothing dehydrates me more than traveling and getting out of my “usual routine” when it comes to water drinking. When I’m dehydrated, I start to feel sluggish, get a headache, and also start to crave junk food. All bad things! To avoid paying for a $6 bottle of water at the airport, you can always bring an empty water bottle through security to fill up at a water fountain once you’re in the terminal. (Or grab one of these reusable water bottles before your trip!)
6. Get cheap sunglasses! Especially if you’re headed to the beach, there’s nothing worse than getting your designer sunglasses taken by a rogue wave. (Right, Hallie?!) Also, from experience, trying to remove sand that seems to be imbedded in your expensive glasses is beyond tedious and annoying and requires many toothpicks. I’ve scooped up a few pairs of cheap sunglasses this year that I wear anytime I’m going to be swimming, in the ocean, or at the beach so it won’t ruin my day if they get lost or ruined! (Or from previous experience, stolen in Europe!)
7. This is more so for a packing post, but it’s all about the bags when you’re traveling. I never want to feel like I’m schlepping when I’m en route, but I want to be prepared when I’m arrived with all of the things I need. Here’s my usual bag situation when I’m traveling… Crossbody bag with all of the important things (keys, wallet, passport, boarding pass, etc) inside of my tote (computer, chargers, any reading materials, small bag of travel toiletries). And sometimes if I foresee myself accumulating things on the trip (read: shopping), I will put my tote inside of this bag for one big “personal item.” Then, if you need to check your suitcase on the way home, you can split your big bag and tote bag on the plane ride for your “carry-on” and “personal item.” Make sense?
Shop the photos…
Steamline Luggage Suitcase
Kate Spade Nightgown (on sale!)
Eberjey Pajama Set
Fujufilm Mini Polaroid Camera
Old Navy Sweater
Old Navy Striped Shirts
Jack Rogers Sandals
J.Crew Gingham Slides (on major sale!)
Cuyana Leather Cosmetics Case
‘Rising Strong’ by Brené Brown
‘Big Magic’ by Elizabeth Gilbert
For my bedroom decor, check out this post!
A few more cute things to sleep in…
PS: After a lot of interest in how I pack lightly (almost always carry-on only!) and quickly (usually about one hour max!), I’m going to share my tips and tricks with you guys. I really want to branch into the video realm so if you have any videographer recommendations (open to working with students!), DIY tutorials when it comes to filming videos, or any other resources, I’d be so grateful if you shared them below or shot me an email! xo
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This is a sponsored post written for ZzzQuil. I was compensated for this post as part of the Vicks Ambassador Network but, as always, all opinions are my own.