Many travelers know packing to be a fierce and frustrating inner battle about what comes and what needs to stay. While it can be different for everyone and for every trip, some packing tips are worth taking into account no matter what the situation. Summer vacations call for a particular packing process all their own, so here are some things to consider doing and not doing to help your packing provide you with a stress free trip.

  • DO pack a swimsuit in your carry on in case your checked luggage decides it doesn’t want a beach holiday after all and hops a flight to Dublin instead.
  • DO bring versatile sandals, ones that won’t get wrecked by sand and water but still look nice out at night, instead of packing multiple pairs of shoes.
  • DO snag some of those handy towelettes they hand out on planes and save them in your backpack for when you elevate from sweaty to embarrassingly sweaty.
  • DO set a waterproof phone case especially if you’re going to be summering at a beach you aren’t familiar with. It’s easy to fit credit cards, room cards, keys and cash in there too. Just in case.


  • DON’T be afraid to wear things multiple times. Like for three days or even more. Summer is sweaty, yes it’s true, hand wash the important parts before bed and they’ll be dry and ready to wear again by morning.
  • DON’T overpack snacks. Snacks are great. I get it. Snacks and travel be all like Kim and Kanye, but there’s going to be local snacks at your destination and you should try those too.
  • DON’T pack rain gear other than perhaps a small folded pocket sized poncho. Umbrellas are everywhere if you really need and also it’ll probs feel good to get rained on if it happens. Real rain gear is heavy and will eat up all your luggage pounds.
  • DON’T pack only one style. What if you get a sun burn or sweat rash? Alternate, people.

Do you have any summer packing tips?


American by chance, but Roman by choice, Sarah is currently feeding her adventurous soul with expatriatism and pizza. Her finest moments are always on the wrong bus with a backpack and an upside down map, waiting to see what the world’s got for her next, so long as she can blog about it. She likes writing more than talking, dolphins more than humans, old movies more than new, and Rome more than anything else.


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