Summer Vacation Packing – Beauty & Style

One of this weekend’s guest bloggers is Peter Minkoff. Peter is a beauty and fashion writer for Shlur magazine living in London and occasionally in Brisbane. After graduating from Australian Institute of Creative Design, he worked as a stylist for few fashion events in UK and AUS. Beside beauty and fashion, he loves reading, making DIY cosmetics and traveling around tropical destinations. He plans to create a business for beauty and style advising. As you can tell, I’m posting more and more Summer themed blogs as Summer is obviously fast creeping up on us. I’m so excited to go away in August and I think this is the perfect post for anyone wanting a crash course on what to pack for that dearly anticipated vacation away.

Summer is just around the corner and we are all looking forward to new adventures and amazing travel destinations. After you choose your dream destinations and book the flight and accommodation, you will need to start packing your bags. Since vacation is all about relaxing and de-stressing it would be counterproductive to stress out about packing and preparing for the trip. Do not worry with my help packing will be quick and painless. Here is a personally tried-out short guide for the perfect suitcase content.

Fashionably Away

Packing for summer vacation is much easier than filling up your bag for a winter holiday – since most of the summer clothes is lightweight and does not occupy too much space in the suitcase. Still, that does not mean you have the privilege to be reckless. Be wise and first pack the basics, if you notice that there is room for more clothes – go for it. Here are some must-have essentials:

Several trendy swimsuits (e.g. monokini, fringed, high-waist, etc.)

A pair of jeans short shorts

Safari short shorts

A pair of skinny jeans

Several monochromatic cotton shirts

Maxi dress

Maxi skirt

Mini dress

Mini skirt

Midi dress

Midi skirt

Fancy tank top



LBD for evenings out

Beach cover-up (kaftans, mesh dress, etc.)

Denim jacket/blazer/cardigan or something to cover up your shoulders, because the evenings can get chilly. 

Be Wise with Accessories

First, you will need some essential travel accessories. I always choose strong, yet light Samsonite travel bags because they make my airport experience and hotel searching much easier, but you should also have a bag for your laptop (if you are carrying one), a wallet for your passport and other necessary document, a backpack if you are planning on hiking, etc. Now we can move on to your favorite part – fashion:

Beach bag

Floppy sunhat

Stylish sunglasses with a solid UV protection

Flip flops

Platform sandals

A pair of heels

Ballet flats or flat sandals

A clutch for party nights

A statement necklace

A chunky bracelet

Large colorful earrings

Hiking shoes…

Care about Your Skin and Hair

Changing the climate and increasing the sun exposure can be really stressful for my skin, so I take special care about the products I pack for skin and hair care. 

Cleanser and toner

Juice Beauty’s oil-free moisturizer (with SPF 30)

Nourishing body lotion

Coconut oil (I use it as a body lotion, moisturizer and makeup remover)

Lip balm with SPF

Hydrating hand cream


Bumble and Bumble’s surf shampoo and conditioner (ideal for cleansing the hair of the salt water build-up)

L’Oreal’s Smooth and Polish thermo detangling spray

Dry shampoo.

Making It with Makeup

Summer is the season of makeup minimalism, but that does not mean you should go entirely bare faced. Here are some things that could brighten up your vacation days:

Garnier’s BB cream

Waterproof mascara

A set of makeup brushes

A basic black eyeliner

Blush (my personal favorite is NYX’s Dusty Rose)

Neutral eye shadow palette

Face powder for urgent touch-ups

Matte lipstick

Coral lip shine.

So this was my tried-out and successful guide for summer vacation packing. Follow these instructions and build upon them based on your personal preferences and the specifics of your chosen travel destination and you should equip your bag with all the necessary items without pre-vacation stress-out. Bon voyage, have a great time!

Thanks Peter for such a helpful blog and make sure you check out his social media below! Peter is also an Editor In Chief on High Style Life. So go check that out too!


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