Savvy Summer Travel Essentials

Ah, summer. Time to head to the beach, gather at your family’s vacation cabin or even plan a fun stay-cation in your own backyard. With all of the changes in schedules, time zones and eating habits, travel can be stressful.

But with a few simple items, you can make any trip as relaxing as vacations are meant to be. Here are just a few of our favorites to take on your next trip.

Staying Hydrated

Whether you’re traveling by car or plane, taking along water bottles for everyone in your family can make a big difference in their comfort levels. Staying hydrated can help you stay alert on long car drives, avoid traveler’s constipation and even stave off altitude sickness. Plus, you can refill your water bottle again and again during your trip from any tap.

Tip: Pack an empty water bottle in your carry-on bag. Fill it with tap water after you’ve gone through the airport security checkpoint.

Sleeping Well

The better you sleep while traveling—and once you reach your destination—the more energy you’ll have for exploring your new surroundings. Bucky’s

ultralight, foam sleep eye masks are contoured for pressure-free, smudge-free eye comfort. These light-blocking masks conform to fit comfortably on your face and the deep molded cups allow you to blink freely.

Tip: Bring along a travel pillow for easier napping on the plane, in the car or your hotel room.

Enjoying the Comforts of Home

Keep yourself organized—and travel in style—with super functional cosmetic bags. Larger bags have spacious storage for all your beauty essentials, while the smaller bags are ideal for stashing makeup for speedy touch-ups on the go.

Tip: Chic cosmetic bags from Sweet Dreams make lovely hostess gifts, especially when filled with travel-size bath gels and lotions or regional candy.

Creating a Relaxing Atmosphere

Musty cabins and unfamiliar hotel rooms can benefit from soothing scents. Perfect for creating a cozy environment wherever you go, the SpaRoom Essentials Scentifier Aromatherapy Diffuser can also run on batteries for easy portability.

Tip: Lavender essential oil promotes relaxation and can help you begin your vacation on the right note.

Eating Healthfully

Not only can you save money bringing your own snacks, you’ll be less likely to eat junk food if you have some healthy treats easily accessible. Lifefactory makes glass food storage containers with silicone wrappers designed to protect the containers from breakage. And Bentology’s box sets and insulated lunch sleeves make it a snap to pack all of your healthy favorites.

Tip: Instead of fussing with multiple supplement bottles, pack a week’s worth of your vitamins in a handy pill box.

Keeping Kids Busy

Finally, if you’re traveling with little ones, have a few distractions on hand to keep them entertained while you’re sitting in your car or waiting in lines at the airport. On the Go Travel Activity Books from Melissa and Doug are sure to keep their little hands busy.

Tip: Keep a few small items tucked away to pull out as surprises when your kids reach their patience limit.

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