Monthly Archives: May 2019

What to Pack for Vacation: Summer Beach Trip Essentials?

Summer is fast approaching and there is no better time to talk about some beach trip essentials and things to pack for your summer vacation. It is super important to protect yourself when you are outdoors or traveling to beautiful destinations. Here are all the essentials you need to take on your next summer beach trip.

Beach Trip Essentials

  • A beach towel
  • A hat Sunglasses
  • A water bottle
  • Phone in a waterproof case
  • A Bluetooth-enabled portable speaker
  • GoPro and selfie stick
  • Insect repellant and sunscreen

Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen

The first step to sun safety is our sunscreen. You’ll want to look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that screens out both UVA and UVB rays. UV rays can cause damage to your skin cells beyond just sunburn. They can actually contribute to skin aging and skin cancers over time. You should apply your sunscreen 15 minutes before you go outside and at least every 2 hours after that. Apply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating. The spray is great for hard-to-reach areas and even a boost of hydration when you are on the go. After that, you will want to apply your insect repellent.

Water & Cool Liquids

Our next essential is water. Dehydration is one way to ruin a trip, so you want to make sure you are getting enough fluids. Don’t just drink when you are thirsty; make sure you always have access to cool liquids.

Wide-Brimmed Hat & Sunglasses

Hats and sunglasses not only complement your look but they can provide some valuable additional protection from the sun. When choosing sunglasses, look for a pair that protect against UVA and UVB rays. Polarizing lenses will cut glare because of reflections, so they are good for driving or outdoor activities in the water. You might also want to get a great case if you are like me and you throw your stuff all over the place.

Camera & Waterproof Case

An action camera like a GoPro and a selfie stick may look and feel ridiculous, but the shots they can capture are worth it. Or you might want to throw your phone in a water-resistant case. Just make sure that if you are a guest in someone else’s country that you show respect and caution. Don’t advertise yourself as a target for theft.

Portable Speaker

Finally, you might want to pack a Bluetooth-enabled portable speaker to use as you lounge with your friends. Again, make sure to be respectful of the surrounding people. 

So that’s it for the summer beach trip essentials. In the comments section, let me know what you always bring to the beach. It’s so important to protect our skin from sun damage and a trusted sunscreen is the first step to doing that. UV rays are no joke and no tan is worth the price of your health, so make sure to wear your sunscreen. 

Top Cruise Destinations

Cruising has always been a popular vacation trip for people who want to see the world, without giving up their luxury and with today’s ships getting larger and more advanced, booking a cruise to your favorite destination, is like staying in a five-star hotel on water. Although it’s quite important to choose the right ship, due to the fact that most of your cruising experience will be determined by ship itself and the service it has to offer, choosing the right location for your cruising adventures is equally important. If you’re planning your first cruise, but can’t make up your mind where you should be heading, we’ll compose a list on some of the best cruising itineraries for you to choose from.

The Caribbean

We’re starting of the list with probably the most popular and relaxing route, the Caribbean is the best place for people looking to enjoy that beautiful Caribbean sunshine, whiles relaxing on the white sandy beaches. Major cruise lines companies such as the Royal Caribbean or Norwegian Cruise, Lines offer routes which will take you anywhere ranging from a three-day jaunt to a longer 10 day route visiting up to five or six islands like the Bahamas, Cuba, Jamaica or St. Kitts. Even though most of the ports feel the same, I recommend going beyond them and exploring the local cultures, cuisines and everything which the place has to offer, because you only have a limited amount of time so you better use it wisely.

The Mediterranean

The Mediterranean is quite diverse, unlike the Caribbean as you get to see so many different cultures and places in such a short period of time. The Mediterranean route covers the most popular tourist attractions in Europe, taking you all the way from Barcelona in Spain to the coast of Santorini in Greece. Summer is the most popular time for taking a cruise in the Mediterranean, but I recommend you wait a little bit longer and book a cruise somewhere down the line in September, as the sites are just as impressive and you don’t have to deal with the hot summer climate of the Mediterranean.

The Baltic

The Mediterranean isn’t the only popular cruising route in Europe, as the Baltic offers the holiday of a lifetime, with places that will have your Jaw dropping to the floor. The Baltic is however a seasonal destination, due to the unpredictable whether its best recommended to visit somewhere between the months of May and August. It’s especially great for those who enjoy the beauty of nature, as the shire landscapes and mountains along with the midnight sun that make a wonderful scenery for you to enjoy or possibly take a photo of. The magnificent views of the Baltic coast aren’t the only beautiful thing to soak up, as the ports are vastly different from each other, as you’ll be able to see different cultures right around the corner.

Alaska

Taking a cruise in the Alaskan wilderness is an adventure of a lifetime, as its one of the most spectacular places on Earth. Unlike the other destinations on the list, Alaska isn’t well known for its ports, but rather for its scenic sailing along the massive glaciers and the frozen coastlines. Among other great things which you won’t find anywhere else but in Alaska is the wildlife, visitors can see some rare species like the polar bear, bison and orca whale. Alaska is also full of high adventure activities such as dog sledding, kayaking, hiking and even helicopter rides. Cruisers only set sail to Alaska from ports in Vancouver and Seattle, however if you’re planning a cruise to this majestic place, know that cruise ships only set sail from May to September due to the extremely unpredictable weather in the Nordic Region.