Having been on vacation to tropical climates several times and living in Florida my whole life, I’ve accumulated some items that I absolutely CANNOT live without when on vacation.
I’ve never been able to tan and since my pale skin is so susceptible to sunburn, spending time in a tanning bed was certainly never an option. My life has been changed since discovering self tanner. I haven’t found a brand I completely love, but so far my favorite has been Loving Tan. Right now I’m using the St. Tropez and I like that one as well, but not as much. I also recently started using the St. Tropez In-Shower Gradual Tanner and even after one day I received compliments about the “tan” I got on vacation.
Sea Salt Spray
My hair naturally needs a bit of work to get it to do what I want and the last thing I want to do is be on vacation and have to deal with doing my hair all the time. Sea salt spray is my go to vacation hair product. It makes my hair look like I just hopped out of the ocean and gives it a messy look that’s totally okay to go out to the pool with (and let’s be honest, sometimes everything else). I’m all about being practical while still looking cute.
Recently, I’ve been absolutely obsessed with wedges and chunky heels, but there’s nothing quite like a pair of sandals when on vacation. They’re easy to pack in your bag, plus they’re perfect for long days of walking around when you still want to look cute and put together but don’t want to worry about your feet getting sore.
Not only can sunglasses can make an outfit, they’re also totally practical when you’re spending all day out in the fun. I like to have a couple of pairs of nicer glasses and several pairs of less expensive glasses as well. I’m always so worried about losing or scratching my sunglasses, plus it’s a lot more affordable and there are so many cute options out there.
You might be starting to see a theme here, but sun protection is so important to me when on vacation. A great way to avoid the sun hitting your face is a hat. For me, I love to wear a baseball hat when exploring the city and then I’ll transition over to a cute floppy hat for guarding my face by the pool. It’s all about finding ways to protect your skin without feeling like you can’t be out in the sun for more than five minutes at a time.
Urban Decay Setting Spray
If you’re not used to tropical climates setting spray may not be something in your day to day make up routine. Once you’ve spent even a couple of minutes in the humidity, you’ll see why it’s so important. There’s nothing worse than spending time doing your make up and then having it immediately start melting (yes melting) off your face the second you step outside. I’ve tried several setting sprays and the Urban Decay one is definitely my pick. Not only does it keep your make up in place, it also feels natural when it’s on.
There’s nothing worse than picking out a suitcase full of super cute clothes just to see everything is wrinkled. I got this miniature steamer on Amazon about six months ago and haven’t had that problem since. It may not be the same as an iron, but it certainly did the trick under pressure. And the best part is it barely takes up any room in your suitcase.
When I was younger I never used to use face sunscreen, but boy oh boy should I have. It keep your face from getting sunburn (because there’s actually nothing worse than being on vacation and taking pictures with a red, peeling face). It will also add a tint so you’ll have a little extra color. My favorite is the Clinique SPF. I haven’t had a sunburn since I started using it. I put it on after my moisturizer and before my primer.