I know.. we want it all to be rainbows and butterflies. But vacation isn’t as easy as it used to be. Now that our college years are over, we have these pesky thoughts in our head.. like negative body image (seriously when was the last time you got in the pool at a pool party?).. wait.. do they still have those? You could be traveling with your kids or even more stressful is worrying about them when you leave them behind. Or even worse… all you can think about is the pile of work waiting for you when you get back to the 9-5. Have no fear! We are here and have the necessities you need to prepare in this list.
For the sake of a beach tote full of sand toys, let’s pretend you are going on an adults-only trip.
You will need…
- Vacation Mindset (AKA LAZY MODE).
You need it! Trust the person caring for your kids, use your vacation time from work as a vacation and toss the BS + tasks to the curb. You have been drooling over these reservations for a while.. put them to good use. Turn on the sun, beach and all-inclusive drinks. A great way to get started is to put your phone in your tote AND LEAVE IT THERE. You don’t need to check Facebook or Instagram. You don’t need to see your work e-mails. They will just bring you down. What you NEED is to chill out and enjoy your time away.
- Multi-Wear Clothes + Accessories.
The second biggest headache has got to be packing. I know.. I can feel you rolling your eyes. To check or not check a bag. That is the question! Make it easier on yourself and pack things that can be worn more than one way. Our favorite is a beach wrap. Monday: wear it as a waist tie skirt. On Tuesday it can be a summer scarf and finish off Wednesday with a strapless cover up!
- Face protection.. in your makeup.
Beach pictures are on the rise, but who wants their picture taken when they are wearing no makeup?! Or even worse if you put on some foundation and then try to add a layer of sunscreen. UGH. Sun damage on your face and wrinkles are definitely real my friend. Our solution: Use a face powder or foundation that contains SPF! We like Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free SPF 30 Loose Powder from Ulta. It’s portable, affordable and talc-free!
- A Hater Blocker
AKA, a floppy hat. Have you ever had sunburn on your scalp? Not only does it hurt badly.. but then you get back to work on Monday and your scalp is dandruff central. No further explanation needed.
- The biggest sanity saver of all- an empty trash bag.
Weird? Maybe. But think of how awesome it will be to have all of your drink stained, sunscreen soaked, sandy pocket (dirty) clothes in one spot! It will be amazing that they don’t mix with your fresh clothes! Your clean clothes will stay fresh AND it makes for super easy clean-up once you get home. Just dump that bad boy in the washer and POOF! NO SORTING NECESSARY!
Now that you have the top necessities for vacationing when you have ‘adulting’ problems.. get to packing and hit the sand! Feeling like we missed something? Leave us a comment below and let us know! What are your must-haves?
Until next time, Sarah