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Packing “”Do’s”” and “”Don’t’s”” for Your Last-minute Summer Getaway

Monday - July 30th, 2018
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It may be August, but it’s definitely not too late for a last-minute summer getaway. You don’t have to go far to have a good time. However, without the essentials in your bag, getting that well deserved R&R may be hard to do. We’ve put together a list of packing “do’s” and “don’ts” that should cover all your bases so that all you’re left with is planning the logistics.


Invest in travel-size toiletries. Traveling small is traveling smart. Your local drugstore will have 3 oz. (or smaller) sizes of shampoo, conditioner, cleanser, and lotion, and mini toothpaste and deodorant. You can even buy mini bottles and fill them up with your full-size products. And, of course, don’t forget your toothbrush! You can find ones with collapsible handles perfect for travel.

Bring something warm. Evening temperatures tend to get cooler so be sure to bring a light jacket to keep you cozy.

Pack a bathing suit. How many times have you gone on a trip and found yourself in need of a bathing suit? If the answer is too many times, then consider this a friendly reminder.

Bring more than one pair of shoes. Because shoes are heavy, one pair of sandals, athletic shoes, and a nice pair of shoes for the evening should take care of your needs while keeping your suitcase light.

Pack sun protection and insect repellent. While soaking up sunshine may sound like an ideal getaway, you should be taking precaution to protect your skin from damaging UV rays and pack plenty of sunscreen and a hat. Also, warmer weather attracts insects like mosquitoes. Include a bottle of insect repellent in your suitcase.

Pack a first aid kit. You’ll be prepared for any emergency.


Pack heavy. You can get a lot of mileage out of a few tops, a pair of pants, a pair of shorts, and some layering pieces like jackets and sweaters. You’re getting away not going away.

Forget your charging equipment. Even if your plan for this trip is to unplug, it’s always a good idea to bring charging cables for emergencies. Plus, items that rely on rechargeable batteries like cameras will need to be charged so you can keep taking those Instagram-worthy photos.

Now get out there and enjoy those last summer moments while they last.