What to Pack for Your Summer Vacation

Getting ready to head out for a couple of weeks of downtime? Late summer and early fall are the most popular times of the year for working adults to get away from it all. Whether your travel plans include an overseas journey, a few days in Mexico or Canada, or a trip to your favorite tourist destination in another state, packing can be a hassle. No matter how meticulous people are about packing, it seems they always arrive at their destination and realize they forgot some essential item. That often means having to purchase it in a tourist trap convenience store or hotel amenities shop. Wouldn’t it be nice to avoid that hassle this time around? Of course, it would. Pack the following four items and you’ll be on the right track.

Back-Up Device Power

In a digital world, stand-alone power packs and outlet converters have taken on importance once reserved for portable irons and first aid kits. All those laptops, tablets, phones, games, and other computerized devices survive on electrical power. That’s why it’s essential to bring along at least two portable power packs, fully charged. These little things can charge up an average smartphone from zero to full about six times. Plus, if you bring a full-fledged outlet converter, you’ll never have to worry about plugging your devices into odd-looking outlets when you travel abroad.

A Vaporizer

Modern vaporizers travel well. They’re lightweight, small, and fit into any carry bag or suitcase. Plus, you’ll never be without vaping enjoyment no matter where you go, near or far. When you shop for devices, look for ones that are not heavy and bulky. It’s even better if you buy one of the latest models that offer a complete menu of features, including full digital control, something that comes standard with popular versions like the Arizer Solo 2. If you’re a vape user, a vacation just isn’t a vacation without your favorite device.

An Insulated, Reusable Water Bottle

It’s a typical travelers’ dilemma in being stranded in a hotel in a distant land without drinkable water. Your only choice is to plunk down an obscene amount of money for bottled water at the convenience store. The better option is to purchase two or three gallons of purified or spring water at a nearby grocery store and keep in in your room. Chill it up and fill an insulated, reusable bottle as often as you like. Problem solved. When shopping for reusable containers, look for larger ones, like the 24-ounce size, so you won’t have to refill them so often.


A few companies now sell SESH bags ready-made for travelers. The bags include the four things people most frequently forget to bring on vacations: sunscreen, eye drops, sunglasses, and hats. You can make your own SESH bag instead of buying one and save a decent amount of money in the process. Include two or three small containers of your favorite sunscreen product, two small bottles of eye drops, your favorite cheap sunglasses for beach sitting and sightseeing, and a few hats that can serve as shade-makers for all your planned activities.