We are a family of travel junkies. We like to see the world from new cultural perspectives and of course, have a great time relaxing and enjoying each other’s company. As learned on a recent trip to Positano, things don’t always go as planned (we were delayed returning home for two days in two different countries!). However, with the right items (and packed lightly), you can be ready for whatever adventure awaits you!
I opt to pack light and it was particularly important for this trip (we had to go up 60 stairs from the Main Street to our home!), and each of us only pack a backpack and carry on suitcase—seems hard for 10 days, but it’s not!
Pack Clothes you LOVE that Work for You and Several Occasions
I only pack a few outfits when I travel. I tend to wear the same thing every day and when on a beach vacation, I live in two swimming suits and a beach cover up. I like to bring a few of my favorite pieces since I know I’ll be living in them. (The dress in the photo was from Elysian Co. and one that I absolutely had no problem wearing on several occasions!) I luckily also had a durable and cute Free People dress that I had to wear several times in our extended stay that worked well for me!
Use Packing Cubes
Packing cubes are a must for me to not only stay organized, (You know where EVERYTHING is on arrival) but also because it helps compress items and fit more in. your suitcase. You can find them on Amazon, but I tend to buy most of mine at TJ Maxx as they always have an affordable (and cute!) selection.
Remember to Hydrate
We sometimes forget how much travel sucks the life—and water—right out of us. Travel with a bottle that you can easily refill. Also, check out GoFiltr to fill your water with Electrolytes and Alkaline to keep you going.
Have a Beach Blanket at the Ready
I love the Mersea Co. Beach Blanket. You can use it at the beach OR it can double as a blanket at night in a drafty hotel or AirBNB. It’s also perfect to have for the airport if you’re stranded for a bit and are in need of a nap!. (And seriously, this quality is amazing. I’m going to buy more items from this company for Christmas gifts—I’m eager to get my hands on a travel wrap!)
Don’t forget your Accessories
Though you may consider leaving your jewelry behind, it’s fun to have some of your favorites for the nights you go out. The NoKnotNecklace Carrier is PERFECT to store all of your jewelry. It won’t get tangled or lost, and packs neatly in your bag. (I also think these would be a phenomenal gift for bridesmaids!)
Have a bag that can do Double Duty
I don’t pack a separate beach bag of day bag. Our backpacks double as both! I am obsessed with my trusty Fjallraven Kanken Backpack. My daughter loves her Wanderwild Co Backpack, which holds up through travel, a boat ride on the Mediterranean and would be perfection for school as well. The size is great because it holds a lot, but isn’t so big that they get loaded down with too much.
Snacks are a Must
I try to take healthier snacks because I know we are going to eat junk on our destination. Wrawp has some fun and tasty coconut jerky that packs easily and is also Vegan, Gluten free, and paleo friendly. I also make my own trail mix so we aren’t as tempted to buy expensive snacks at the airport.
What travel essentials can’t you live without? Tweet them to me at @juliakayporter!