I was beyond excited to go to Mexico for a week, but then it hit me that I needed to pack! So here are some of my tricks as well as some of my must haves for a beach vacation! Learn from my mistakes… and successes!
First off, I am an over-packer. Now that I have acknowledged this, how did I fix it? With a good bag of course! Lets be honest, this is not a fixable problem. We were not checking bags so I used my Vera Bradley carry-on (exact same bag but new patterns here) and my backpack. I also had all of my cosmetics and lotions and sunscreen (oh my) so I also got this Vera Bradley cosmetic bag set, but this one is maybe even nicer. Pro tip: my awesome mom found empty 3 0z. bottles at the dollar store and I just filled them with my favorite products! The airline said there was a limit of ten bottles per person but they didn’t make us take our liquids out, so no one cared. Another thing I love about this carry-on is that it has two large compartments. This means I can put my shoes, and later my dirty swimsuits, in the bottom away from the rest of my clothes.
Next, you can’t go to the beach without a new swimsuit… I mean you could but where is the fun in that! When looking for a suit, I want something flattering, cute, and isn’t going to move around no matter what I’m doing. Pro tip:
look at active wear companies for swimwear that will be fun while also functional. For years I have had good luck with finding suits by Prana. Prana is an awesome active wear company, with an amazing mission, that I have worn for years. This time around I had to have the Aleka top
and the Saba bottom
in cargo green (which P.S. is basically my color of the year!). This suit was perfect for snorkeling or lounging!
Speaking of the beach: I like to tan, but I don’t want to burn. So I decided to invest in a cute hat to wear while we explore or if I’m feeling a little too toasty on the beach. I found this
Cape Cod style hat by Hatch Hats at a local shop and couldn’t pass it up (I mean it came in that green color I am currently obsessed with)! I just wore it to the airport, though eventually it ended up in my carry-on. It was kind of silly of me to think I could be all glamorous on the airplane.
This brings me to the fact that I HATE flying (I think I actually cried at take off…). So, Pro tip (?): the first thing I do when I get on the plane is ask for a cold wash cloth or paper towels. The flight attendants always figure it out and help out a ton. My second thing is to point that recycled air vent right on me. Gross? Yes, but it makes thing seem less suffocating. This trip I have added a third thing to my routine, a stone. My mom picked a Mookaite heart up for me to help calm me down and “encourage the desire for new experiences”. I don’t know if I believe in the power of this stuff, but it sure was nice to squeeze it and rub it… I’m sure my boyfriend was glad it wasn’t his hand I was clenching…
Lastly, my dorkiest purchase for this vacation was also the handiest. My belt bag
from Vera Bradley. OK, yes, it is a fanny pack. But it’s kind of cute. And let’s be real, it was so easy to safely store my passport and wallet. It kept me hands free while hiking ruins and while riding a bike. I think these are making a come back for travelers and festival goers a like. Don’t believe me? Rebecca Minkoff even has one
! Pro tip:
get the fanny pack… I mean belt bag, trust me.
Share your must have travel tips and essentials in the comments!