The weather gets warmer, the skies clear, and people dream of getting away. Summer is approaching quickly, and now is the time to plan and prepare for a fun, relaxing adventure with friends and family. Whether you are a college student with time off or a professional wanting to use some time off, summertime is the perfect opportunity to explore new places. While it may seem overwhelming, preparing for summer can be stress-free with proper planning and self-care.
Plan your trip
The first step in preparing for a summer vacation is deciding what you will be doing. Make a detailed plan with who you will be traveling about the budget, where you will be going, the accommodations you will be staying at, transportation, and activities you will participate in. Whether you are planning a summer weekend trip or a more extended vacation, have open communication about your expectations and desires for the trip. Getting on the same page about how much you are willing to spend and where you like to go is important in preparing for the rest of the trip. If you want to relax, a beach getaway might be best. If you want adventure, consider a hiking or service trip to a destination you have never been to.
Prep your skin
Everyone wants to look their best on vacation, starting with the skin. Listen, you need sunscreen! Consider the exposure your skin will have while on vacation, and begin to treat your skin before you go. Consider the climate, amount of sun exposure, and environmental pollutants your skin will face during your travels. Keep your skin clean and hydrated to hold a healthy, glowing complexion. Use products specific to your current skincare needs while also considering the trip you are going on. And make sure you know how often you need to reapply your SPF sunscreen spray by reading the directions on the bottle. You don’t want to apply it once, lay out on the beach all afternoon, and end up with a sunburn!
Tighten your exercise routine
Exercising regularly before vacation can improve your physical appearance, increase your confidence, and help reduce the stress of planning and preparing for vacation. It can also help reduce the guilt and effects of indulging in special food and treats during summer. Plan out your workouts the week or two leading up to your vacation so that you make it a part of your daily routine. Have a variety in your workouts to prevent boredom and work out different body parts. Cardio, weight lifting, and strength training are all important in helping mental and physical health. The endorphins from exercise will help you feel happier and more relaxed going into your vacation while also making you feel physically better at the beach or going out.
If the budget allows, do some shopping before your trip. Having new, unique outfits for the activities you will enjoy on your vacation can increase your confidence and allow for more fun while you are on your trip. New clothing can ease the stress of packing when preparing for your journey because the outfits are already planned out and ready to go. Be sure to grab the vacation essentials if you don’t already have them. Be sure also to purchase travel-sized products, especially sunblock, to maintain your regular routines while on vacation.
Have a safety plan
While summer is about having fun, preparing for any incidents or emergencies that might arise is essential. While you hope it is smooth sailing, things can happen on vacation, and it eases stress if you know how you will handle them. Familiarize yourself with where you are going. Know the rules and customs in that place and avoid dangerous areas. Have the phone numbers for local hospitals and urgent cares, as well as the police and fire departments. Understand how to navigate the local emergency services, especially if you visit an area that speaks a different language.
Being prepared for summer can help your trip be fun and relaxing. Following these five tips can ensure that your getaway is enjoyable and stress-free. Taking the time to research your destination, preparing your skin and body, packing the right items, and having a safety plan, can allow you to enjoy your summer and create memories for years to come.