2016 Summer Travel Essentials


It’s that time again! The days are longer and a pleasantly warm breeze blows past as you contemplate your perfect summer vacation. We spend weeks planning the perfect escape: a remote locale, luxe accommodations, and new adventure await us – it will be amazing.

But did you leave your packing until the night before?

Don’t stress, we’re here to help! Here’s everything you need to throw in your suitcase for the perfect summer adventure.

Easy-Breezy Clothing

Packing Essentials: Summer Travel 2016

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For lounging by the pool to dining in the open-air, trousers, tops and dresses that allow your skin to feel the breeze will ensure you’re comfortable and fashionable from morning to night. And make sure you take something lightweight that covers your arms and legs if you plan to spend any time hiking in the jungle!

A Toiletries Bag that Doubles as a Clutch

Packing Essentials: Summer Clutch

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We love this one! Stash your toothpaste, shampoo, makeup and other beauty products in here for the flight, then empty it for a simple evening clutch that goes perfectly with your breezy clothes and a handcrafted cocktail at a tropical lounge.

Sturdy Shoes

Packing Essentials: Summer Hiking Shoes

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What’s a vacation without a raised heart rate? Make sure you pack a sturdy pair of walking shoes (or wear them on the plane if you’re packing light) so you’re prepared to indulge your inner wanderer. Add in a comfortable pair of flats, mocs, or loafers for relaxing and sandals for the pool and you’re good to go!


Packing Essentials: Summer Swim 2016

Obviously. Whether it’s a private plunge pool in a luxury villa, a jungle waterfall, or the calm Caribbean Sea – the opportunity for a quick dip could present itself at any time. Men can even get away with a pair of shorts that double as swimming trunks.

A Summery Scarf

Packing Essentials: Summer Travel Scarf

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Serving duty as a pool cover-up, stylish jetsetter accessory, head wrap for beachy hair days, or something to help you keep warm in the cool nighttime breeze – a summery scarf is the workhorse of your wardrobe.


Packing Essentials: Slim Phone Charger

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And of course, where would we be if we didn’t remember our chargers? Even the jungle has wifi these days. While unplugging is essential to any vacation, you’ll want to make sure you have enough battery life to capture a few hundred photos of your trip so you can show everyone back home your trip of a lifetime. Throw a slim charger into your bag for those day-long excursions so you never miss a shot.

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Feel like you overpacked? Check out these tips from travel pros to help you lighten the load.

Coming to Belize this summer and wondering what to bring for an adventure in the jungle? We’ve got activity-specific packing lists here to help!

See you on the road!