Summer may be almost over, but there’s still plenty of time for enjoying a warm-weather getaway. Whether it’s sailing the Mediterranean or lounging on a beach in Mexico (how this writer spent her most recent vacation), summer travel is about enjoying all that is easy, breezy and relaxing.
When it comes to packing for a summer vacation, I like to take the same approach – always including things in my suitcase designed to make my travels easier and, therefore, more enjoyable. Here are some of my favorite carry-on essentials for summer trips
If you’re headed to a beach destination, I highly recommend a pair of Malvados. Not only do their sandals come in gorgeous styles like the Icon Plush Azure, they are so comfortable and never cause blisters – even on the hottest, most humid days in Mexico. My husband is a fan of their men’s line, as well.
Another brand I recently discovered (and love) is Pashion Footwear – a shoe that switches from a heel to a flat in seconds, ultimately offering two pairs of shoes while only taking up the space of one (ideal for travel).
If you plan on doing a lot of walking during your travels, you’ll want to pack a pair of compression socks. I’m a fan of Dr. Motion. These saved my legs while hiking in Tulum. They’re also great for keeping your legs comfortable during long haul flights.
When selecting clothes for summer travel, I like to choose options that are soft, lightweight and won’t take up too much suitcase real estate. This summer, my go-to was the Buzios Maxi T-Shirt Dress from Koy Resort. It’s a great daytime look but can also be dressed up with some statement earrings for an effortless nighttime outfit.
To make packing super easy, I recommend ADAY’s Carry-On Capsule Wardrobe, which includes five neutral pieces made fromtechnical fabrics that are lightweight and wrinkle-resistant.
My husband also loves the dress shirts from Tie Bar. They’re breathable – ideal for warm summer months – and non-wrinkle, so he never has to spend time ironing in our hotel room.
A Quality Neck Pillow
This is another must-have for longer flights. My favorite: the Easy Breather Travel Pillow fromNest Bedding. This little thing is seriously so comfortable it rivals my pillow at home. I also like that it hasa removable zippered cover that helps you adjust to the firmness you'd like. And when it does get dirty, you just remove the cover and wash.
A Great Underseat Bag
Extra baggage space on airplanes isn’t exactly easy to come by. That’s why I always make sure I take a comfortable carry-on that can fit all my in-flight essentials, while still easily sliding under the seat in front of me.
I recently tested out the Main Squeeze Tote by Sofia Mia and fell in love. In addition to being absolutely stunning, this bag was designed smaller (11 x 14.5 x 5.5 in.) than the standard size as a typical carry-on luggage (27 x 21 x 14 in.). The accompanying Chief of Staff Organizer that you put inside the bag includes a padded secure slot for a 13' laptop, a key-leash and pockets for everything from pens to personal beauty items.
My husband’s go-to carry-on is the Peak Design Travel Backpack. He loves that it has tons of pockets, plus a main cavity that’s divisible via a zippered mesh sleeve for easy organizing. We’re both also big fans of the Peak Design Travel Cubes.
Whether you’re watching in-flight movies or listening to a guided meditation, high-quality, noise-cancelling headphones can make a huge impact on your overall flight experience. Some of my favorites: Bose QuietComfort Wireless Headphones and Oomo 3D 5.1 Surround Sound HiFi Bluetooth Headphones.
A Cozy Blanket
A blanket is one of those things I often think twice about packing, especially during summer travel. The truth is, while it’s nice to have a cozy cover-up on board a cold airplane, there isn’t always use for it otherwise.
That’s why I’m recently loving Laguna Beach Textile Company. Their gorgeous Mexican Blankets are woven by artisans in Tlaxala, Mexico, from a cotton, polyester and acrylic blend that’s both durable and soft. Outside the plane, it doubled as a beach blanket.
Let’s be real. Airports are filled with germs that are known to cause everything from eye infections to influenza. I always make sure to travel with immune boosters like Olly Perfect Women’s Multivitamins and ItSpray BOOST Immunity Spray. I also love hydrating hand sanitizers like Touchland Power Mist.
If there’s one part I dislike about traveling – besides the germy planes and airports – is that flying wreaks havoc on my skin. Especially in the summer, when I know I’ll be spending a lot of time out in the sun and the salt water, I always make sure to take along products that will help my skin pack in all the moisture. Currently in my suitcase: bioClarity Garden Glow Mini Set, OYYL Nomad Oil (love this one for my hair) and Skinade Collagen Drink.
Tasty In-Flight Snacks
Long flights and unexpected layovers call for emergency snacks. I hate relying on airport food to get me through my travels, so when I can, I pack my own. Jade Leaf Matcha Bites are tasty and because they are made with real Japaneese matcha green tea, they give you the perfect boost of energy. I also like hitting up CVS on the way to the airport for snacks like Abound Dark Chocolate Chickpeas.