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I’m currently packing for a work trip to New York… and I’ll be there for two weeks! Toting along a baby with me means plenty of planning and sorting as well as my best packing strategies. (See how I pack a carry-on tote when traveling with baby here.) But do you know what I’m dreaming of as I select long sleeves for the cooler temps? A beach getaway! 

I’m thinking of a couple of slow days soaking up the sunshine and warmth. Over our anniversary this year (13 years!!) we talked about hopping on a 3 day cruise soon. So whether or not we’re boat bound or just spending a couple of days beach side (because you guys, it’s going to happen soon and I’m loving the beach life we’re headed into right now!), I’m sharing what I’d toss in a tote for a sunshine getaway… and how to prepare for a couple of days in the sun. And to be honest, now that spring has sprung and summer is on our heels, I’m preparing for summer itself in much the same manner… it’s time to get that summer glow going!

Hat | Sunnies | Bag | Striped Dress | OTC dress | Maxi | Towel | One-Piece | Sandals | Sneakers

Summer Travel: Prepare your bag.

Who wouldn’t love to escape the rigor of routine with this perfectly named bag? Whatever you’ve got though, grab your tote and fill with just what you need. An escape means not being weighed down, and traveling light is the perfect way to unplug and unwind. With key outfit pieces that can all mix and match, in a neutral color scheme and both structured and flowy choices, you’ll have plenty on hand for frolicking in the sand, to poolside brunching all while taking in the sights, scenes and tastes along the way.

Of course a swimsuit is necessary, and since they don’t weigh too much, throwing in two will help with those pesky tan lines and switching it up. Plus, a one-piece can double as day wear under shorts and an open top! A hat that can travel well, shade from too much sun and hide a messy head of beach hair while heading into town as well. Packing a lightweight towel that can double as a wrap, a beach or picnic blanket, cover up OR towel is such a great way to use space while having what you need handy.

Summer Travel: Prepare your body.

Okay so I’m NOT talking about losing weight, although if that’s how you prepare, go for it. What I’m talking about is owning the body you have and making yourself glow and feel great before you step out in tanks and bikinis. Like I mentioned, it’s time for that summer glow! Before I head out to spend any planned length of time in the sunshine, I make sure to have a good base color and then I cover in sunscreen. One absolutely easy way I’ve found to start that summer glow is to exfoliate with a homemade scrub in the shower and then just moisturize with a gradual, buildable dose of that sunkissed look. 

Tips and Tricks for building a natural base tan to start a great summer glow:

  • For the most natural-looking color, be sure to exfoliate before first use.
  • Use a self tanner sparingly on drier areas of the skin like knuckles, knees, ankles, and in between fingers/toes.
  • Smooth on evenly and thoroughly just as you would with any moisturizer.
  • Use daily until you have achieved the desired level of color, then continue to apply 1-2x a week.
  • With JERGENS® Natural Glow® Wet Skin Moisturizer: Apply on wet skin immediately after showering
    • Towel dry as normal – this is key to achieving streak-free, natural-looking color
    • Use in place of regular moisturizer to achieve beautiful, natural-looking color and then use every other day to maintain color.

Summer Travel: Prepare your mind.

While most of us plan to at least unplug in some way while traveling or taking a vacation, a short getaway doesn’t allow for much time to slow down before heading back into the routine of life. This means it’s even more imperative to go into this time away ready to slow down, both physically and mentally. Take those deep breaths, STOP checking emails and social media even before you leave and remember that this time away will leave you healthier and happier if you use it for what it is; time away. Life (ie; emails, laundry, to-do lists, deadlines and messes) will always be waiting, and it can wait for a couple of days while you unplug from the constant uploading and downloading of information.

Notice I didn’t try and pack a bunch of electronics for a beach getaway?! For me, getting lost in a good book or a walk on the beach is enough (and even with the book, I like to check one out from the library, so I’m not tempted to head over to Facebook between chapters on my device) to help me relax and unwind.

So tell, me, what is your dream getaway or summer travel plans and how do you like to unwind? Do you have any packing tips or tricks for unwinding and relaxing? Share in the comments, I’d love to hear!

Summer travel and beach getaways, how to prepare and pack light. Get that summer glow and get ready to enjoy a beach escape with these tips and tricks!Summer travel and beach getaways, how to prepare and pack light. Get that summer glow and get ready to enjoy a beach escape with these tips and tricks!This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser for this summer travel post. All opinions are mine alone. #MyJergensGlow #CollectiveBias