12 Must-Have Summer Travel Essentials

12 Must-Have Summer Travel Essentials

Packing for a summer trip can be daunting, especially if you're going somewhere you've never been before. Fortunately, we have a list of essential summer items that you'll want to carry with you. If you're going on a vacation this summer, be sure to pack these essential items.


With so many shortages of this item, it may be difficult to find sunscreen if you're going to a place where everyone needs it (such as the beach). Look for the highest SPF available in order to give you and your family the most time in the sun before you have to reapply. You may also want to consider purchasing brands that are safe for coral reefs, especially if you're planning on snorkeling. Keep in mind that some locations may have laws requiring this type of sunscreen.

Rash Guard Swimsuits 

These suits are some of the most useful items to take on a trip, especially if you're traveling with children. In addition to keeping you protected from sunburn, rash guards are useful for ensuring that your skin doesn't come into direct contact with any microbes that are living in the water. Look for suits that have been treated with anti-microbial treatment for extra protection.


You'll need these to protect your eyes if you're planning to spend a lot of time outdoors.

Small Towel 

While it's possible your hotel will provide these to you, bringing your own means that you don't have to worry about their availability. You'll also be able to bring a towel that suits you. Most hotel towels are too small to use as a beach blanket, for example. 

Beach Bag 

When you're traveling, it can be hard to remember to bring a smaller bag for when you want to just go out for the day. Depending on your trip, you may want to consider a backpack, or a large canvas tote. Look for something that is easy to clean, sturdy, and has a lot of storage space.

Wet Bag 

This is a smaller bag with a waterproof liner. It's great for keeping items such as your cell phone and other electronics dry while you're near the water. Once you leave for the day, use it to store you and your family's wet clothes. Just make sure to remember to take the wet clothes out as soon as you get back to your hotel. Wet bags will not let in any air to dry the clothes, creating a good environment for mold.


This is a really versatile piece of clothing that can be used just about anywhere. It can transform into a skirt, beach cover-up, or even a beach blanket. Dressed up with jewelry, it can even take you to a semi-formal event.


A tablet is a good way to read a book, look up local events, or provide your kids with entertainment. In an emergency, it can also be used to send work e-mail and review files. Choose one that uses the same charger as your phone, so you don't have to pack much. 

Sun Umbrella 

This is a big item, but if you're traveling by car, it's definitely worth bringing. A sun umbrella can not only prevent you and your loved ones from getting burned by the sun, but it's also useful to have in the event of a small afternoon shower. Look for a version that is light and easy to carry.

Seat Back Car Organizers 

If your travel plans include a car trip with kids, you're definitely going to want at least one of these. They can hold onto small electronics, snacks, drinks, and all the small toys that your kids will unfailingly spread around the car otherwise.
Towel clips - These are relatively small clips that can be used for everything from attaching your towel to a lounge chair to affixing a tablecloth to a public picnic table. You can also use them to hang up laundry to dry in your hotel room or just use them to close your bag of chips.

Insulated Cup 

Find one with a self-sealing top that can be packed in a backpack or purse and save a ton of money on buying bottled water and other drinks. A good, insulated cup should keep your drink cold all day.

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