For most people, summer travel is the best. It’s one of the few times of the year you can explore a new destination while you soak up the sun and splash about at the beach, badi, lido or local swimming pool.
Summer travel destinations in Europe are packed full of tourists and locals enjoying the relaxed atmosphere and sun exposure. Spain, Portugal, Turkey and Croatia (or anywhere along the Mediterranean coast) are perfect destinations to explore during summer months. But summer temperatures are enjoyed throughout most of the year in places such as South East Asia, Central America or parts of Australia.
So wherever you go this year, here are three essential items that go hand-in-hand with your summer adventure.
Three essentials for summer travel
1. Protective (and fashionable) sunglasses
Ever tried to read a book at the beach? Tried to drive into the sun? Or tried to explore a new city or town on a glaring, sunny day?
A good pair of sunglasses is essential for summer travel if you want to be able to see what you’re doing. And, if they meet high standards, they can also protect your eyes from harmful UV radiation exposure. For example, in Australia and New Zealand sunglasses with a ‘lens category 3’ classification will provide a good level of UV protection and a high level of sun glare reduction.
A fashionable pair of sunglasses is essential for summer travel if you want to look good doing it. Obviously this will depend on your own sense of style and the shape/size of your face and head.
When selecting sunglasses for summer travel, Daniel was excited to learn about Oh My Woodness! and their quirky twist to classic eyewear styles. The handcrafted wooden framed sunglasses mean they are lightweight and eye-catching, without being too ‘out there’. And, they provide a good level of UV protection.
And, better yet, SmartBuyGlasses (VisionDirect in Australia) have teamed up with Eden Deforestation Projects for their buy one plant one campaign to fight deforestation and poverty. So, when you purchase a unique item from their Oh My Woodness! range they will plan a tree in Haiti, Madagascar or Nepal. How good is that!? Protect your eyes, look good and help save the planet one tree at a time.
2. A hat and summer clothing
Growing up in Australia, where 1 in 8 adults are sunburnt on an average summer weekend, you learn quickly that sun exposure can increase your risk of developing skin cancer. So, a hat, sunscreen and summer clothing are always essential summer travel items for us.
Australia has a great five step rule for sun protection, especially in the middle of the day when the UV levels are most intense:
- Slip on sun-protective clothing
- Slop on some sunscreen (water resistant SPF30+)
- Slap on a hat
- Seek shade
- Slide on some sunglasses
Because it’s always the only item we tend to forget when packing, we’ve bought numerous hats around the world. Thankfully, you can always find a local store or a stall by the side of the road that sells cheap, wide-brimmed hats that will cover your head, ears, neck and face.
Where possible, you should also try to wear light-weight, loose and light-coloured clothing that protects you from the sun but doesn’t overheat you. Avoid black and avoid jeans during peak sun times. And open footwear, swimwear and a beach towel are essential summer travel items if you intend to enjoy the beach.
3. Your travel camera or smartphone
What do your friends want more than anything when they’re shivering in their air-conditioned office or waiting for the bus in the rain while you’re travelling? To see a photo of you enjoying your summer travel at the beach while sipping a cocktail in the sun. Trust me.
And, how are you going to be a good friend and post your favourite holiday snaps on Facebook or Instagram if you don’t have a camera? Make sure you pack your travel camera (or smartphone with camera) so you can capture all of those special moments.
If you are looking for a new travel camera and you’re not sure how to choose between a compact, mirrorless or GoPro, check out our recommendations.