Essential items to pack for a perfect summer vacation

It’s almost that time again, summer break is just around the corner! The destination is set, tickets are booked and the excitement is building. You can already feel the warm embrace of the sun. Suddenly, it dawns on you, the worst part of vacation is starting to rear its disorganized head. Packing! You don’t want to get caught without your socks or underwear, but trying to tick things off a list in your head is not very practical. Sunscreen? Check. Hairbrush? Check. What else is missing?

If this situation sounds familiar, it’s time to get organized. Here are a few essential things to pack for the perfect summer vacation.

Essential items to pack for a perfect summer vacation


When it comes to clothing it’s best to pack a few staple items that can be matched with anything. You want to look good in pictures, but still be comfortable, so be practical about it. Dresses are by far the easiest items to pack. They look cute and don’t need to be paired with anything else. Throw in a formal dress for a night on the town later in the evening. Pack in a few plain T-shirts and a blouse or two. These can easily be paired with a cute pair of shorts and jeans. Jerseys and coats take up the most space and probably won’t get used, rather keep it simple with a denim jacket or a knitted cardigan for those cooler evenings.

Now it’s time for the shoes. Flip flops, sneakers, and a pair of ballet flats will be comfortable yet stylish enough to strut your stuff all day long without worrying about blisters. Top off every summer outfit with a hat for extra protection against the harsh UV rays.

Cosmetic bag essentials

On vacation, wet wipes come in very handy. Keep them in a tote bag to quickly wipe off any beach sand or spills on the restaurant table. They are great for freshening up after a long day at the beach before heading to the local café for dinner. Sunscreen is another essential that should be kept on hand at all times. Tanning is synonymous with vacation, but without sunscreen, you’ll land up with a nasty burn that could damage your skin in the long run.

Arming yourself against the sun is not the only thing you need to worry about. It will be hot, which means that there will be mosquitos lurking around, just waiting to take a bite out of that newly bronzed leg. Your only defense? Insect repellant! It may not smell very pleasant but you will thank us for this later.

Essential items to pack for a perfect summer vacation

Gadgets and entertainment

Vacation is for relaxing and breaking away from your normal routine. If you have children or a demanding career there is very little time for leisure activities at home. Like reading a book, listening to uninterrupted music, or solving crossword puzzles. Take advantage of the spare time and bring along a set of earphones, gadgets, and that bestseller you have been dying to read.

Now that the hardest part is out of the way, all that’s left to do is to sit back, relax, and soak up the heavenly rays of summer.