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Planning a Summer Vacation? Here Are 8 Things You Should Pack


One of the best things about summer is getting the opportunity to travel and go on trips. But before you can relax on vacation, it’s important to make sure you’ve packed everything you need. 

When it comes to packing, less is more. So, instead of filling your suitcase to the brim, choose a few key items that will help you embrace a more carefree routine. Whether you’re chilling out at your bestie’s beach house or exploring the city for the weekend, these 8 essentials will make your vacation a breeze. And for a little travel inspo, take our quiz below to find your perfect summer vacay destination!

1. Sunscreen  

Nothing can ruin a vacation faster than dealing with painful, red, and peeling skin. Be sure to protect yourself from harmful UV rays by keeping Sun Bum Daily Sunscreen Face Mist SPF 30 on hand. It’s packed with skin-loving ingredients like antioxidant-rich banana, brown algae, and vitamin E to keep you feeling fresh. Pro tip: Use it as a setting spray so you can reapply without disturbing your makeup!

2. A Disposable Camera

Disposable cameras may remind you of elementary school field trips, but they’re making a major comeback! Packing a disposable camera for your vacation is such a fun way to get nostalgic candid shots. Pass it around to your friends to capture every moment during your trip.

3. Gentle Skin Care Products

Your skin goes through a lot during the summer months, so make sure you’re taking care of it at the end of the day with gentle products. Sun Bum Daily Cleanser is infused with soothing ginseng, green coconut water, and antioxidant-rich banana. It’s gentle enough to be used every day to wash away dirt, oil, and makeup without drying out your skin.

After a long day in the sun, treat your skin to the Sun Bum Restoring Face Mask, which is made with banana, aloe, and brown algae to give your face a boost of hydration and help calm any redness and irritation. Bonus: Its fun blue color will look great in a mask selfie with your besties!

4. A Sun Hat

Not only will a sun hat help cover up that vacation bedhead, but it will also protect your face and scalp from the sun!

5. Scrunchies & Headbands

Fun scrunchies and headbands are perfect for bringing along on a beach day to keep your hair out of your face and for easy, on-the-go up-dos. 

6. A Tote Bag

Whether you’re on the beach or in the city, a tote bag is perfect for taking along on your activities so that you have space to store the essentials. Throw in a hat, sunscreen, and your disposable camera. You can even pick a fun design or graphic that shows off your personality!

7. Hair Styling Products

Between salt and sand, beach hair can get messy quickly. Packing travel-size styling products will keep your hair looking and feeling its best. The Sun Bum Revitalizing 3 In 1 Leave In contains powerful ingredients like coconut oil, quinoa protein, and sunflower seed oil that will nourish your locks and control frizz. Use it after Sun Bum’s Daily Revitalizing Shampoo and Conditioner to keep your hair ​​smooth, shiny, and happy. And if you packed your blow dryer and hot tools, be sure to bring Sun Bum Heat Protector to protect against thermal damage and breakage. 

8. Fun Sunglasses

A fun pair of sunnies doesn’t just protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. It’s also the perfect finishing touch for your vacay outfit! Sounds like a win-win to me.

No matter where you’re going this summer, packing the right items can help you make the most of your vacation. Want to stock up on some of our fave skin and hair products? Sun Bum has everything you need. 

All Sun Bum formulas are cruelty-free, vegan, and dermatologist-tested, so you can feel good about the products you’re putting on your skin and hair. Plus, they’re easy to use and made with simple but effective ingredients. That way, you can create a beauty routine that fits your summer lifestyle.

Check out Target’s Sun Bum collection online or in-store to start shopping!

This is a sponsored feature. All opinions are 100% our own.

Carli is a 2022 grad of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and served as the style section editor for Her Campus. After being a national style writer for Her Campus, she launched Her Campus FIT. A born and raised Jersey Girl, she is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan. In her spare time she loves running, jamming to Taylor Swift, and tracking down the best burgers. Find her on Instagram @carliannescloset.
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