I know that it is winter here in Australia, but many of us still like to escape the cooler months and head north where it is Summer all year around. For example, Bali is a very popular choice for a Winter escape. So before you pack up and go I’m happy to provide you with a Summer holidays essentials list.
I love holidaying in warmer climates as it doesn’t entail too much packing or bulk. Really all you need is a swimsuit, a sarong and a pair of thongs – right? I find when I travel to Bali or Thailand I like to travel light with a selection of soft flowing sundresses, pretty sandals, sarongs and coverups, shorts and singlet tops. But what else do we need for the holiday?
Eye protection is mandatory against the harsh sun in places close to the equator where the sun’s rays are the most intense. This includes countries in South America, Africa, Maldives and Indonesia. So make sure you pack a pair of sunglasses that protect you from UVA and UVB light. Lens category 3 sunglasses, such as these stylish Sonia Rykiel pair, are rated for high sunglare reduction and good UV protection and are ideal for Summer holidays or everyday wear in Australia.
Backpacks serve several purposes whilst travelling. They are a great carry-on bag on flights as they keep your hands free whilst dealing with the check-in process, security and immigration checks. They are also better for our posture and back, as the weight is evenly distributed across our upper backs, rather than just one shoulder. Once you arrive at your destinations they can be used as a beach bag, on excursions and hikes, to carry your essentials in.
One of the best purchases I’ve ever made was a good digital SLR camera. They do take the best quality photos of your holidays and are reasonably compact and lightweight to carry. Plus the cameras do all the work for you! Just set the camera on automatic setting and your photos will turn out perfectly every time.
This goes without saying, but you truly must pack a wide brim hat of some description to protect your face from the harsh sun and you must also apply sunscreen during your Summer holiday. The sun is intense near the equator and your skin can burn easily and rapidly – within 10 minutes even! The SPF 50+ rated sunscreens provide the best sun protection and don’t forget to reapply after you’ve had a dip in the water.
In accordance with “slip, slop, slap”, take a couple of lightweight cotton coverups or sarongs for when you have been exposed to the sun for prolonged hours. They are also great for slipping on after a few hours at the beach and going into restaurants or bars and browsing the shops and markets in Bali or Thailand. Sarongs are such a versatile addition to your holiday wardrobe as they can be worn is various ways. Use them to cover your shoulders, shade the sun off your face, wrap them around as a skirt, make a dress from them or wear as a scarf or shawl.
Wearing comfortable footwear is something that is important to me these days as I hate getting sore feet or blisters when I’m doing a lot of walking during holidays. There is a great range of orthotic type sandals and thongs available now that not only look stylish but provide good foot support. You only need to go to a sports store or specialist orthotic footwear store to buy a pair and they are worth every cent.
Packing for a Summer holiday is easy when you know that the weather is going to be warm and you won’t need bulky Winter woollies. Plus if you travel to somewhere like Bali or Thailand you can almost take an empty suitcase and fill it up with bargain clothing whilst you’re there. The shopping is extremely cheap in these destinations. But most importantly enjoy every minute of your Summer holiday by packing the right type of essentials.
Do you like to take a Winter escape to somewhere warm during the cooler months?
Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by Visiondirect.com.au and I was gifted a pair of sunglasses for the purpose of this post.
This post is part of the Lovin’ Life Linky with a Lovin’ Life Team of the “ageing positively” kind who are as keen as I am to promote the Lovin’ Life mindset. The Lovin’ Life Team includes:
Kathy was a 50 something year old when she started up this blog 4 years ago, but has since turned over another decade and is now 60. She is married with two adult children and lives on the Gold Coast in Queensland. She enjoys living life to the fullest and loves to keep fit and active by maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly. Some of her interests include reading, movies, travelling, cooking and blogging! Kathy works part-time as a freelance writer but her real passion is travelling and photographing brilliant destinations both within Australia and overseas and writing about it.
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