"Too often we pack in a hurry, either the evening or morning before we leave. Smart packing will make for a better trip," says Kate Duff and Alexi Mintz, co-founders of 3floz.com, a beauty travel site. "Check the weather forecast earlier in the week and see what the lows and highs are looking like."
Skin creams, hairsprays, body lotion--all those products take up tons of space. Streamline your routine by packing beauty essentials that pull double-duty. "Multi-tasking products are ideal for weekend getaways. Supergoop! Save Face Serum SPF 30+ is one of the many we carry. It's an anti-aging serum, moisturizer and sunscreen in one," says Duff and Mintz.
"Whenever we are traveling we make hydration a top priority," says Duff and Mintz. "The 8-10 glasses of water rule doesn't cut it, especially in the summer. Try a minimum of 3-4 liters. Staying hydrated helps prevent jet lag and general fatigue, and also keeps your body functioning properly through unavoidable changes in climate and diet."
All that outdoor drinking, while fun, can lead you to overindulge. Hangovers are never fun, but a hangover while you're traveling is extra unpleasant. "If the inevitable hangover happens, David Kirsch's Thermo Bubbles are a secret remedy! You just mix them with water and not only do they help a hangover but they give you energy all day and help to curb your appetite, so you don't over indulge at the barbecue," says Duff and Mintz.
It's way too easy to eat junk when you travel--all that fast food! Make the smart decision and pack yourself some healthy treats for when you are on-the-go. "Watermelon and cucumber are very hydrating and cooling. Oranges are always a good choice because the smell is a proven mood lifter and helps to relieve stress of annoying airplane seatmates or highway traffic. Cherries and blueberries are also great summer snacks because it's their peak season," says Duff and Mintz.
After a few days of beach frolicking, your swimsuit and cover-up are bound to smell pretty ripe. "Hand-wash your bathing suit with a dab of The Laundress Delicate Wash. It gets out oils from our bodies and sunscreens, and extends the life of your swimsuits, preventing stretch and keeping color," says Duff and Mintz. It will also come in handy if you accidentally spill ketchup on your favorite sundress.
There's nothing worse than getting a sunburn on your very first day of vacation. "We recommend putting on sunscreen before you even put your bathing suit on, so you can make sure to cover your whole body," says Duff and Mintz. "Bathing suits move around throughout the day, so putting sunscreen on every inch of your body before you go out in the sun can ensure that you won't have any mistakes or funkier tan lines than necessary."
While most of us remember to pack the sunscreen, we don't think about protecting our hair when we're out by the hotel pool. "Skin cancer is very often found on the scalp, and it's also one of the hardest places to detect signs like moles," says Duff and Mintz. We love this hair protectant spray from Phyto. Then don a floppy hat or fedora--they're so chic right now--and don't forget the sunglasses!"
No one wants to be the smelly chick on the beach. "MBeze makes these fragrance-free underarm powders. They look like chic little makeup compacts and are so easy to toss in your bag for a day at the beach. Dab some on your underarms and dcollet before you go out at night to prevent wetness. They're even small enough to pop into your clutch for protection all night," says Duff and Mintz.
Your body is on vacation and your mind should be too. That means put down the Blackberry, stop texting and leave that inbox alone. You won't be able to truly relax and unwind if you stay plugged in to work. "Tune out at the beach with energizing music. Pack a simple and fun book for the beach--think Candace Bushnell. It's not the place for Finance for Dummies," says Duff and Mintz.