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5 awesome must-haves you need to get for summer travel

You may be preparing for a trip this summer. Oh, how good does that feel? Albeit if you’re in the UK, it’s likely you’ll be staying in this country. After the past year of restrictions and lockdowns, nothing feels as good as being able to get out on the open road for summer travel that will undoubtedly be a memorable experience.

This is a guest post in collaboration with Alycia Coloma.

As you start to pack for your trip, whether you plan to take a car or catch a flight (if you’re allowed!), here are some must-haves for your summer trip, so that you’re prepared for an enjoyable experience:

An insulated water bottle

You should always be drinking water, but this is especially true in the summer. Staying hydrated is not only helpful for your energy and staying refreshed in the summer heat, but it’s also important so you can stay healthy. We tend to do more walking on trips as well, and you’ll want to make sure to always carry a water bottle so you can stay hydrated, but also eliminate using numerous plastic bottles along the way.

A swimsuit

You may not be heading to the beach, but whether you’re traveling to stay in the mountains of Colorado or visiting Bentonville, Arkansas, you’ll find bodies of water nearly anywhere you go. Even if it’s just your hotel pool, you’ll more than likely find yourself wanting to take a swim at some point on your trip.

Swimsuits don’t take up a lot of space, so go ahead and invest in a bathing suit that will have you feeling good and allow you to get in the water should the mood strike. Don’t forget to include some quick-dry towels if you plan on camping or hanging out after a quick swim.

A good book

If you don’t have a lot of time to read during your regular routine, consider taking some time to read a good book on your summer trip. Whether you’re visiting a beach destination in Malaysia that will allow for time to lounge around in the sun or you plan to spend time hiking, a good book is always a great companion—especially if you need some time to disconnect from anything that could be weighing on your mind.

Some of the most popular reads this summer include:

● Upper Bohemia by Hayden Herrera

● The Other Black Girl by Zakiya Dalila Harris

● The Housewives by Brian Moylan

● Pops: Learning to Be a Son and a Father by Craig Melvin


As mentioned above, staying hydrated is important. While water can do you plenty of good, you can always enhance its efforts by adding electrolytes to the mix. Electrolytes are also helpful for when you travel to a destination with a change to higher altitudes or when you plan on partying a lot. Hydration can help you feel great on your summer trip, especially if you’re travelling with your kids.

a stripy picnic rug with plates laid out

Travel insurance

While you hope nothing comes up on your trip and it probably won’t, things can happen when you’re far from home and the best way to make sure you don’t end up with a hefty bill or lose money due to travel delays is to invest in travel insurance. Whether you only want to focus on protection should you get injured or you want to insure your travel costs, it’s not a bad idea to be prepared with a travel insurance policy.

In conclusion

We are all so excited about traveling this year, especially because this summer promises to be a much better time than last year. If you have a trip planned, don’t forget to bring these things with you. From staying hydrated to making sure you and your money are taken care of if the unexpected should occur.

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