June 1, 2023

5 Warm Weather Essentials That Belong On Your Summer Packing List

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5 Warm Weather Essentials That Belong On Your Summer Packing List

What’s the recipe for a perfect summer vacation?

It depends on who you ask. But for many of us, it’s the open road, a great playlist, and (fingers crossed) low gas prices.

At least according to a recent survey conducted by Vacasa, which found that almost 80% of Americans will be going on a good old-fashioned road trip this summer. And those trips are taking travelers to a variety of destinations—beaches, national parks, and cities all around the country. But those aren’t the only travel plans survey respondents said they’re excited for:

Wherever your summer travels take you, and no matter how you travel, a key ingredient in your recipe for a perfect vacation is a well-packed bag. Use the travel checklist we’ve outlined below as a guide to help you create a customized summer packing list to ensure you have everything you need on your trip.

1. Summer Clothes

Most summer vacation destinations are hot. So, unless you're intentionally trying to beat the heat by traveling to a cool climate, you'll need to think about the weather at your destination. And if you're headed to warmer weather, you want to make sure the clothing you pack will help keep you cool, including things like:

2. Sunblock

Most of us know why it's a good idea to wear sunblock—it protects your skin from harmful UV rays, prevents painful sunburns, and minimizes long-term health risks like premature aging and skin cancer. But even though most of us know it's a good idea, a recent survey found that only 58% of adults wear sunscreen during the summer months. That's why we're taking time to remind you of its benefits and make sure you pack appropriately.

To help make things easy, here are a few tips and recommendations to help you choose the right sunblock for your trip:

3. Bathing Suit

Regardless of the type of trip you plan, a bathing suit is a must-have item for your packing list. Whether you’re hitting the beach, lounging by the pool, or taking an impromptu dip in a lake on your road trip, having the right swimwear can make all the difference in how much fun—and comfort—you have during your vacation.

Fortunately, there are plenty of stylish and fashionable swimwear options for your trip. From classic one-pieces and bikinis to trendy tankinis and cover-ups, there's something for everyone, no matter what their style preference may be.

But if you’re trying to pack light and save space in your bag, consider finding more versatile swimwear options that can double as outfit pieces. For example, you can wear a one-piece swimsuit the same way you’d wear your favorite bodysuit.

It’s also a good idea to pack an extra tote that can double as a beach bag. That way, you can easily carry beach towels, sunblock, and anything else you might need for a day in the sun.

4. Hiking Gear

Hiking is the perfect opportunity to spend time in nature, get some exercise, and appreciate nature's beauty. That's probably why it's such a popular activity among travelers—40% of Vacasa's survey respondents said they take trips specifically for outdoor activities like hiking.

But if you want to avoid mishaps on your hike, it's important to pack the right gear, including:

5. Reusable Water Bottle

We know we're starting to sound like a parent—first sunblock, and now we're reminding you to pack a water bottle. But it really is important!

Not only does it save money by helping you avoid buying bottled water, but it also prevents dehydration, which can lead to headaches and other health problems. And with so many stylish options available today, finding one that fits your style won't be hard! Just remember you can't bring water through airport security, so if you're flying, wait to fill it until you make it to your gate.

Don’t Forget Standard Travel Necessities

Your summer packing list is just like any other vacation packing list—and that means you can't forget to pack basic travel essentials. You probably already know what a standard packing list looks like. But to ensure you haven't forgotten anything, cross-check your packing list against the travel basics we've listed below.


Whether you're traveling domestically or internationally, having a valid driver's license and passport is essential for smooth travel.

Toiletry Bag

No matter the time of year, you'll need the same basic toiletries for your trip. And by packing them in a dedicated organizer, you can ensure they're easy to access.

Electronic Devices

If you're aiming to unplug, consider trading the electronics on your packing checklist for a book instead. Otherwise, make sure you have all of the electronics you need to make the most of your trip, whether that means bringing an e-reader or your entire home office setup.

A Good Travel Bag

You can't pack for any trip (summer vacation included) without a functional travel bag. Not only does it need to fit all the trip essentials on your list, but it should also be made from high-quality materials that will stand up against wear and tear. A good travel bag should have plenty of organizational features like pockets and compartments so you can easily find what you need when you’re on the go, as well as adjustable carrying straps so that it fits comfortably over long distances.

If you already have a bag that you love, then happy travels—we hope you have a great trip! If not, head over to our Travel Collection to find a bag for your next vacation!


John - June 30, 2023

Thanks for this. This is the kind of good, useful and important information that never hurts to have. And all in one place! Don’t worry about sounding like a parent – nice to know someone cares. Enjoy your summer!

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