Packing for vacation can easily become stressful. You have to make sure that you have everything you need, but your brain is likely already floating somewhere holding a fruity drink in the sun. Fear not, I have all of the things that you won/t think of that will take your vacation to the next level. Let's get packing.
1. A Yeti or off-brand Yeti
For those who may not know, a Yeti is a well-insulated cup that can keep your drink cool for literal hours. This is perfect to keep that fruity drink cool after a day in the sun. I got an off-brand one from Walmart for around $10 and it works just as good as the expensive ones.
2. Reusable straws
Especially if you're going somewhere near the ocean, bring a reusable straw. It can help keep your drink cool too and it keeps things environmentally friendly. This way when you're making eye contact with a turtle on the beach, you can do so in good conscience.
You can never go wrong with snacks. Whether you're poolside or chilling in a hotel room, a good snack can make any experience better.
4. Sunscreen...and more sunscreen
Bring sunscreen. More than enough for the duration of your stay. Then add probably two more cans to that. I literally cannot stress the importance of bringing more sunscreen than you think you'll need. Ignore this step and you'll end up red and regretful.
When you inevitably end up not putting on sunscreen like you should have, aloe will help soothe your sunburn. Put this in the fridge for a little extra cool relief.
I'm not personally a sunglasses person, but I cannot stress how much better sunglasses made my vacation. Especially if you're going to be near water, the sun can be insufferable to look at. Take precautions.
7. Something to put wet things in
Don't let a wet swimsuit dampen your mood when traveling home. Take a plastic bag or something similar to separate the wet items from your other clothes so you don't have to end your wet fun long before the end of your trip.
8. Bug spray
Even if you aren't camping or going somewhere where you think you won't need bug spray, bring a can. Bugs will probably be out in the evening and depending on where you're doing, they might carry extra dangers. Better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it.
If you're like me and hats don't look good on you in any condition, rest in pieces. However, if you can pull it off, a hat can keep some of the sun out of your face and keep you from getting crispy.
10. Water bottle
A reusable water bottle can be a life saver at any point in time. You can save money on purchasing water and save the environment at the same time. You can also keep this around and ensure that you're properly hydrated even when you're away from home.
11. A good book
A good book can make any experience better. Bring one and enjoy it while you enjoy your vacation. If you need recommendations, look here.