The long lazy days of summer mark the time when individuals start turning their thoughts to much-anticipated summer vacations. It starts with choosing a destination: where in the world would be the best place for ultimate relaxation, where every minute of every day will provide for memories that will last a lifetime. Then comes the planning: the creation of the itinerary and figuring out what spots are the must-sees for a given destination.
And then, of course, everyone’s least favorite part: packing Here is ten travel essentials to add to your packing list this summer for increased relaxation at your vacation destination.
If you are going to be enjoying an active vacation, one of the best experiences this brings is the opportunity for exploration. In order to enjoy your time exploring, invest in a great backpack. The pack should be comfortable, lightweight, and feature a waist strap to reduce pressure on the back. A rainproof pack with a number of safe and secure pockets is highly recommended.
Now, this may not seem like an idea that would occur to everyone, but there are a number of essential oils that are absolute, well, essential, for those who want to get the most from their vacation. Take for example lavender essential oil. Having trouble falling asleep in a new place while on vacation? Rub some lavender essential oil onto the palms of your hands and smooth over your pillow—you’ll be asleep before you know it.
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Lavender is also great for insect bites and stings. A drop on the affected area will reduce swelling, itching, and discomfort.
Another essential oil that will always come in handy for those who will be spending time outdoors is citronella essential oil. This oil has a range of great benefits, but one of the most useful is its ability to act as a natural insect repellent.
Sunscreen and Aloe
It almost goes without saying that it’s important to apply sunscreen before going outdoors. A sunscreen with an SPF factor of 30 will block out about 97% of UV rays which are responsible for sunburns and increased risk of skin cancer.1
However, sometimes sunburns still happen. In this case, aloe vera is an absolute essential. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends using a cream containing aloe to help reduce the discomfort of sunburn and assist the skin in repairing the damage caused by excess exposure to UV rays.
The sun can not only burn but also cause damage to the retina. Buy a pair of high-quality sunglasses and a peaked cap to provide shade to the sensitive parts of your face—and protect your eyes. Remember, if you are near a large body of water, the sunlight that is reflected off that water can also damage your eyes.
When purchasing sunglasses, look for a tag that indicates that the sunglasses protect the eyes from 100 percent of UV rays. Also, make sure that you buy the largest pair that you find attractive enough to suit your sense of style—bigger is better—as they will protect the eyes from sunlight that can enter from the side. And if you want to be more comfortable on the beach, then go with polarized sunglasses as they significantly reduce the glare that comes off the water.
No matter where you’re going, hydration is essential. A good quality water bottle will remind you to keep drinking water at all times to prevent dehydration. A reusable water bottle is also a more environmentally-conscious choice.
Personal Essential Oil Diffuser
If you are going to be spending long hours on the go, you may need the relaxation that comes from the use of a personal essential oil diffuser. Refreshing essential oils like lemon, grapefruit, orange, and spearmint can help you unwind even after the most jam-packed day.
In today’s world, not having a charger on you might mean missing out on a great photo-op. Make sure that you pack at least two—there are some incredibly cheap generic chargers on the market. Also, make sure you purchase portable mobile power banks. These are absolutely essential on the go. Their small size makes them easy to carry around.
And always remember that all important travel adapter if going somewhere with different outlets.
Zip Lock Bags
The humble plastic zip lock bag is one of the most useful items to pack. From protecting your clothes from a leaky shampoo bottle to keeping wet bathing suits away from other items in your beach bag, a ziplock bag will prove beneficial during your trip.
If you are going somewhere beautiful and plan to explore the outer limits of relaxation, why not take it to the next level and take along a meditation cushion on your travels. Seated meditation is one of the best ways to align the mind, body, and spirit. A meditation cushion helps the spine retain its natural curves and prevent a backache while enhancing the meditation experience.
Being away from home and exploring new places can be one of the most relaxing and eye-opening experiences. However, trips always bring with them the possibility of cuts, bruises, insect bites, or other minor injuries.
It’s always best to be prepared with a small medical kit containing the essentials. This includes insect bite treatments, band-aids, eye drops, antiseptic wipes, pain tablets, and tweezers.