Health/Sci-TechVolume 12 Issue # 19

Summer travel essentials

Someone wise once said, “When preparing to travel, lay out all of your clothes and all of your money. Take half the clothes and twice the money”. Travelling is a way of life. Here are a few summer travel tips for a hasslefree holiday. Summer Clothing: When it comes to packing clothing, we tend to think that every new day requires a new outfit. However, most of us end up wearing only a few pieces and carry more than we need. Pack light, pack only essentials, and make sure you are not taking an outfit for every day; rather, take a few essential pieces and mix and match them over the course of your trip! For both men and women, summer travel-friendly clothing for a week includes the very basics. Pack 2 pairs of shorts or pants, one cotton pair, and one that is lightweight for hot and/or rainy cities. Add to that 4 tshirts and a shirt for formal occasions. 1 set of sleepwear that can also be used as comfortable street-wear and 5 sets of underwear and socks complete your apparel needs. Make sure you pack a pair of sneakers and flipflops, and you will not be left wanting on the trip. For women, leggings, skirts or light cotton dresses are another essential piece of clothing, as it can be used as nightwear or street wear. Summer Hairstyles: For men, summer hairstyles aren’t a huge deviation from the regular style; short hair is the way to go! Men could also opt for crew cuts or shaved sides for a more on-trend look. For women, a braid does wonders to get the hair off the neck. Women could also opt for a shorter haircut a bob or a lob or put their hair up in a bun. Hats are a great accessory to have for hot sweltering days and beach visits. Beauty Products: A day at the beach requires sunscreen (sprays allow for better coverage than creams and gels do), face-wash to use after swimming in the sea or walking about the city all day, and a mild cleanser for the body. The summer sun really leads to super dry chapped skin and lips. This is why lip balm with a high SPF protection and a moisturizing lotion are necessary to prevent dry skin. Here’s a checklist which helps pack for most travel plans:

Contact lenses and/or glasses, if necessary (consider packing extra pairs, too) .
Batteries for small electronics and cameras.
Camera (and film, if needed).
Chargers for your cell phone, camera, video camera, and laptop.
Hair dryer (if your hotel doesn’t supply one).
iPod and iPod dock.
Video camera.
Health And Beauty items.
Antibacterial wipes.
Moisturiser/ sunblock.
Contact lens solution (if needed).
Face cleanser First Aid kit.
Gas-relief tablets.
Antidiarrheal medicine.
Antihistamine for allergies.
Candied ginger for motion sickness.
Mild laxative.
Non-aspirin pain reliever.
A thermometer in a hard case.
Insect repellent toiletries.
Lip balm (choose one with SPF 15).
Personal-hygiene items.
Shampoo and conditioner.
Shaving gel.
Travel-sized detergent.
Makeup miscellaneous.
Addresses of friends and family for postcards.
Healthy snacks, such as chewy granola bars, dried fruit, mini bagels, nuts, and pretzels.
Cash, ATM cards, and traveler’s cheques.
Maps and directions, if driving.
Printouts of reservations.
Sealable plastic bags for stowing small liquid containers.
Travel journal.
Travel pillow and blanket Use these tips for your next family outing for a relaxed and refreshing time.