Summer Vacay? Don’t Leave Home Without These 5 Must-Haves

Now that the weather has turned, it’s high time to begin making summer holiday plans in earnest. You quite likely know where you’d like to visit this season — now it’s up to you to translate your idle dreams into sunny, sandy reality.

Once you’ve buttoned up your holiday’s logistics — or even before, if you’re looking for a break from pricing out travel and combing through hotel and rental listings for the perfect pad — it’s on to packing your bags.

Before you zip up that final compartment, though, make sure you’ve got everything you need to make your summer holiday a smashing success. These oft-overlooked accessories and supplies are sure to brighten your journey, no matter where you end up.

1. A Portable, Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker

If you’re one of the dwindling number of sun-seekers without a portable, waterproof Bluetooth speaker to their name, what are you waiting for? Your options abound, at price points lower than you might imagine. Say goodbye to extension cords and micro-USBs for good — and say “hello” to concert-quality sound at the beach, on the trail, in the park, or wherever the mood strikes.

2. A New Piece of Summer Jewelry

Looking to add some sparkle to your summer holiday? One might argue that your new ring or bracelet can’t possibly be as practical as, say, a waterproof Bluetooth speaker. 

“One” would be wrong.

A signature addition to your summer jewelry collection could well be what ties together the many looks you plan to bring to the beach or pool or festival this summer — and what draws second looks from envious co-travelers.

3. A Smart Suitcase

This accessory can hold all your other accessories — including, with enough carrying capacity, those you’ve chosen to add at the very last minute. Make sure yours has a built-in charger that’s compatible with your devices and a removable battery for carry-on stowage.

4. A Compact Cooler Bag

Those drinks won’t chill themselves. For that, you’ll need an insulated, flexible cooler bag that packs down for storage and bulks out to offer hours of refreshment.

5. A Portable Cooling Fan

We’re not talking about a clunky, old-fashioned air-blowing fan here. Within the past few years, innovative brands like Dyson have debuted compact yet powerful hot/cold devices that combine the more familiar properties of an air conditioner and heater combo. When the temperature rises, flip on the cool setting and banish discomfort until it’s temperate enough to open the window again.

Make Your List, Check It Twice

That’s a refrain more likely to be heard in December than during the heat of the summer, but don’t let the sun dazzle you: It’s just as important to double-check your packing list before a warm-season holiday than amid the crush of last-minute Christmas crowds.

Running through your list of can’t-forget accessories and supplies should only take a few moments, provided you’ve packed efficiently. Taking the time now, before you’re off to goodness-knows-where, means one less thing you’ll have to worry about as you soak up the sun.

Victoria Brewood

Hi I'm Victoria, a British girl from Manchester. After graduating from university I decided there was more to life than the hours between 9 and 5, so I packed my journalism degree into my suitcase to travel the world and find a way to make money at the same time. I now call London home, although I still travel whenever I can. I hope to inspire you to be your own boss, live life and see the world.

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