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Prepping for a Summer Vacation

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There’s a lot that goes into to planning a vacation. In preparation for my trip to Asia I have collected a list of helpful resources to share and added a few tips of my own. I hope you find it all helpful!

Travel Guides

1. Lonely Planet has everything you need to plan your trip. Hotels, restaurants, things to do, getting around the city, practical information, history, etc. It has it all!

2. Fodor’s is one of my favorite travel sites. They have a wealth of helpful information on their website for almost every travel destination you can think of. Grab a Fodor’s guide-book from your nearest bookstore and your set for your big trip. Most books include a map, popular tourist destination sites, hotel/lodging comparisons, recommended restaurants, tips from other travelers and more. Great pictures and concise, well synthesized information makes these guide books a travel go-to for me.

3. Another guide-book to look into is National Geographic. This would be good to read before a big vacation to plan your itinerary and take with you on the trip. It has all the advice and recommendations you need. The pictures alone will get you exited.


I had no idea that there are so many different travel apps out there. If you’re like me this list from CNN is full of apps you have never heard of before. 50 to be exact. Those who are shopping inclined might want to take a look at the currency app, #7. Google translate is a must if you are traveling to a country with a foreign language. The itinerary planner (#16) looks like it could be helpful as well.

How to Pack:

Your luggage:

1. Real Simple provides expert packing tips with everything from folding shirts to cramming shoes with socks. If you scroll to the bottom of the page, there is a great step-by-step summary.

2. Kayla’s Travel Secrets: Packing is a well-written blog post that tells you everything you need to do and think about when packing and prepping for vacation. Kayla is blunt and straight to the point in this post and I think that’s one of the reasons why it is so helpful.

3. For picture guidance take a look at this blog post from Park & Cube (the source of the picture above).

Your carry-on:

1. Carlee from Deliciously Organized wrote a blog post about everything she puts in her carry on for a vacation flight. It’s full of all of the essentials you need to remember to pack in your carry on. Plus, there are some lovely pin-able photos. I would say the most important tip is to always include your travel kit and an extra change of clothes in case your luggage gets lost.

What to Pack:

1. Worrying about what to pack? Don’t fret. The Traveler’s Checklist has your back. This website is amazing. Plug in your trip information and you are instantly given a packing list and preparation guide. In addition to the packing list, the website includes checklists for travel and home preparations, essential vaccine information, documents and money. There are even tabs for the weather forecast, tips and a map.

2. Knock Knock provides a packing list pad for your shopping checklist convenience. These are available online and in some J. Crew stores.

3. The most amazing blog post I have seen on packing light is from Perpetually Chic. Beautiful pictures with a break down of every outfit. This is a wonderful packing resource!

4. From me…

summer travel essentials

Yes to Cucumbers Face Towelettes, Mossimo Straw Fedora Hat, Kate Spade Saturday Airplane Essentials Kit, J. Crew 3″ Chino Shorts, Loft Short Dolman Sleeve Front Button Blouse, Urban Expressions Sunday Satchel, Converse Jack Purcell Sneaker, J. Crew Tulle Bikini

Other Shopping Notes:

I found the perfect shirts for my trip at T.J. Maxx believe it or not. The brands I bought were Velvet Heart, Thyme & Honey and Cynthia Rowley. They are lightweight, super soft and airy tanks. They can be dressed up or down for the occasion. They are also machine washable which is a big plus for me… there’s nothing more annoying than a top you have to continually send to the dry cleaners or hand wash! Anyways I recommend taking a trip to T.J. Maxx if you need vacation clothes. Everything I top I bought was about $10 and I will continue to love wearing them after the trip!

There are so many great resources on the web for traveling. This is simply a collection of the sites I came across and found helpful. Please feel free to comment with any other advice or resources that I failed to mention!

Image Credit: Park & Cube


Author: Grace

Advertising student at the University of Texas at Austin.

One thought on “Prepping for a Summer Vacation

  1. Hi Grace!
    Loved to see my website listed on your post, thanks for the compliments!
    I’m so happy to find out that travelers around the world enjoys it!

    Thanks for using it, and thanks for sharing it with your readers!

    Happy travels!


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