Summer IS coming!! Let’s not even talk about winter right now because I am still deeply, heartedly in pain about what happened this past Sunday June 21st #ayayay (Only Game of Throne fans will understand)
But in other news… how about beach season! Summer is in full swing with higher temperatures than we saw last year ay ay ay ! But,if we are prepared for itIn spending more time outdoors now we will need to keep I am already out int he summer and have been since March but I am sure you guys back in the states are ready for some more sunshine so I’ve narrowed down my essentials for summer packing. My entire backpack is very essential items in general (a 45Lt carry on for six months hahah) but I know there are certain things I couldn’t have survived without in this summer weather. Check out my list below:
>> Sunblock and chapstick.
I love tanning, I do! And I usually don’t wear sunblock except for my face but after having been in constant sunshine for over six months, well, let’s not abuse the power of my mexican skin. It is very important to wear sunblock particularly on your face but also on your shoulders and neck because these are the parts of the body that are constantly exposed to the sun and same for your lips. You not only have to protect your skin from cancer and skin disorders but you must also do it to keep your body as cool as possible. Our lips is another thing we fail to pay much attention to but are sensitive as well, more than you know. Our lips loose their naturally darker tone due to not only the sun but also all the chemicals in lipsticks and severe chapsticks, so make sure to get one that is more natural in nature. Check out some options below.
We worry way too much about our skins all the time and we don’t really think about our eye safety. Eye safety? the word itself sounds weird to me but it’s true. I had to get eye surgery because my vision was really bad and I had been using contacts incorrectly for years to the point my eyes became extremely sensitive so NOW I worry about my eyes huh? It’s important to protect our eyes from the sun’s UV rays in order to decrease the risk of eye diseases and disorders and let’s face it, no summer outfit is complete without those awesome shades yeah?
If you need prescription glasses I highly advice getting some prescription sunglasses as well so you can can cover your eyes from the sun as much possible. It is also a good idea to cover your eyes from many contaminants out in the air in other parts of the world. Contaminants and infections that your body might not be strong enough to fight on its own and will require special attention. So stay covered as much as possible to avoid any irritation and go enjoy those sunsets.
Check out more options for prescription sunglasses via link.
>>GoPro with the water encasement and floating strap.
One thing I can’t leave behind when I travel, EVER, is my goPro. It’s the most practical thing ever! I love taking pictures when I travel, specially of little details I see that catch my attention. It’s more of a source of inspiration for me in the future I suppose, you will see so many things when traveling that you forget a lot of those little things. I have a particular obsession with the ocean, so any activity that involves the water and sand I am all in! My goPro tags along with her waterproof case and her floating device if for any chance she left my side, she would survive and come afloat.
This one is a tough cookie. Many parts of the world won’t allow women to wear bikinis, only full body swimsuits if that because in some parts of India, for example, you still have to wear something on top of the swimsuit. So, before you pack the tiniest bikinis ( I get it, we want to avoid any tanlines) do some research on your destination and pack whatever is acceptable and respectful to the local culture and beliefs. I pack two bikinis with me, one for tanning (the tinniest one with practical straps) and the hardcore-straps one for all my activities in the water. We don’t want anything slipping out now do we?
We’ve worked so hard on that tan, laying on the beach for several hours, twisting and turning like little chicken skewers to make sure we get some sun in every single part of the body.. Only to come back and start shedding that summer skin. I REFUSE! And I have found the solution. Coconut oil. Don’t use this as a tanning lotion but instead use it afterwards. Use it on a daily basis once or twice a day to keep your skin as hydrated as possible and avoid any shedding. Plus you’ll have an enviable glowing skin and you will smell like the total #beachbum at all times.
I use coconut oil on my face as well, it is good not just to hydrate the skin but it also protects the skin from microbial infections that can get into open wounds or even enter the body through the pores.
>>Sarong or wrap
I always keep a Sarong close by wether I am at the beach or not. It’s lightweight and easy to carry around everywhere and it will save your life several times I promise. For summer, it can act as a towel, a beach mat, a cover up from the sun, a dress, a skirt.. must I go on? Indispensable! * It is way more practical to slip this little guy on and off at the beach than dressing up some shorts or dress.
>> Mosquito Repellent and After bite
Mosquitoes love me apparently. Dad used to say it was because I was just so sweet. Get it, get it? You’d think over five months in Asia would make me immune and undesirable to them but no, they still bite me like crazy so I always carry some repellent with me and I spray it as much as necessary. There’s nothing worse than having your entire legs covered in red mosquito bites and even worse, wanting to scratch all the time. Which is where the after-bit comes in. My favorite and most effective is Cortisone but that has been hard to find outside of the states, but you can always find some soothing oils and balms that will calm the itch. Try some tee tree oil or anything with mint or eucalyptus. (Tiger Balm is a good one and it’s all over Asia)
>> Extra Battery-USB Pack
What’s summer without some awesome playlists?? And to keep my phone from running out of battery and playing my music all day long, I always keep an extra charge just in case! There’s some serious looking chargers out there in the world that will hold up to 3-6 charges but I think one additional charge is more than enough. It will save you tons of space and money to get a smaller one but up to you of course.
What are your essentials for the summer? Tell us so we can share on the blog and make sure everyone is prepared for the endless summer!