What to Pack: Travel Essentials for Warm-Weather Trips

1/04/2019 Unknown 12 Comments

Happy New Year! I hope everyone is refreshed and ready to take on 2019! I just came back from a holiday vacation in Australia, and fell in love with the city of Sydney. In 2018 I traveled to Thailand, New Orleans, Los Angeles, Mexico and Australia, all warm-weather destinations, so I've learned to pack certain essentials.

If you are planning on traveling to a warm destination soon to escape the cold, or simply because you love the sun, pack these items below so your trip will be a comfortable one!


While in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, I enjoyed the warm sun and beach breezes daily. Bring some flowy dresses to keep cool and be stylish and comfy at the same time. Also shorts are a must, but go easy on the heavy denim if it gets extremely hot. Cotton linen shorts are great in hot climates and come in a variety of colors and prints. Aim for looser styles that allow air to circulate. This material is also great for rompers and pants. As for tops, try pairing crop tops with high waisted shorts for a trendy look. Here are some of my picks at the moment: 
Also depending on the location, it may get a little cool at night (as it did in LA and Sydney), so be sure to pack a jacket to get you through the cooler night temps. My pick is always a good denim jacket or lightweight kimono, that is also good for the beach:

Sun Protection

The months of December through February are summertime for Australia, and it gets hot. The sun is intense there, so sun protection is a must. While visiting Manly Beach in Sydney, I bought a large brimmed sunhat from a shop on the main strip that seriously saved me from the heat and sun rays. Items like sunscreen, aloe vera, hats, and sunglasses are must-haves to protect your skin. 


Thailand is located near the equator, so it is hot year-round, making it a great destination for water activities. I was in a swimsuit daily while there, and picking out swimwear was one of the most fun parts about packing for the trip. Depending on where you travel, you may be living in swimwear daily, which is easy to pack. My go-to's are cute one pieces with cutouts and ties, high waisted two-pieces and cute print bikinis. I do a LOT of Amazon shopping, and as an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. Here are some items I have purchased or looked at recently: 


Warm weather means that chances are you will be out in the elements while exploring. You'll want to make sure your feet stay comfortable if you do a lot of walking. I like wearing a pair of sneakers on the flight that can also be worn to the gym or my favorite Nike Slides that are cute and have more support for walking than flatter soled sandals. Embellished, flatter sandals are great if you don't have to do much walking, but bring shoes with more support if you plan on walking a lot. 

I love Haviana's flip flops for the beach and yoga mat sandals are great for cushion and getting wet. 

Find a good pair of water shoes if you do any water activities. It's just good to bring to any trip where you plan on visiting a beach, in case the sea floor isn't smooth. I found this pair on Amazon that are both cute and a good functioning water shoe.


Accessorize and bring the right items to carry your things. I love a good fanny pack on the days I need to be hands-free, and a nice sized tote bag on the days when I need to bring items with me (changes of clothes, beach essentials, and electronic accessories) or to put items I buy into. If you are moving around various neighborhoods and beaches, a nice sized tote will be more useful than a crossbody bag. As an added bonus in Australia, it gave me a reason to pack Tim Tams and other snacks for my daily adventures.

Other Items You'll Need:

Quick dry towel ($13)

In case you didn't grab a towel from the hotel or don't want to carry around a bulky full size towel, try a convenient microfiber quick-dry travel towel for your water activities.

Portable Charger ($20-$42)

Chances are you will be out and enjoying the weather, and most likely snapping pics and videos of the scenery, so don't risk draining your batteries while out. Find a good portable charger to bring. If packing light, this smaller Anker PowerCore+ Mini Lipstick-Sized Portable Charger is great. If you have more room, I love my RAVPower Power Bank that holds 3 ports to charge up multiple items at once and holds a week's worth of power.

Beach-Friendly Makeup

For beach trips, I recommend keeping makeup to a minimum, but some must-haves are items that work well with warmer temperatures. SPF foundation and lip balm, waterproof mascara and eyebrow pencils/gel will keep you looking good throughout the day and protect your skin. Highlighters will reflect the sun and long-wear/matte lip stains are great for the water.

Stainless Steel Insulated Water Bottle ($20)

Hydrate! I love bringing a stainless steel insulated water bottle to keep water cold while out in the heat. You never know when you might need a drink! Find a cute mini one that you can latch onto a bag or bring a full size one if you have more room.

Waterproof Bag and Phone Case ($20-$30)

Buying a Waterproof Dry Bag and Waterproof Phone Case was perfect in Thailand for Songkran Festival, their yearly water gun fight to celebrate the Thai New Year. The bags are great to pack your belongings and keep them dry. Also I love my waterproof phone case so I can hop in the ocean with my phone to take pics.

I definitely have some warm-weather trips planned for 2019, so I'll be packing these items with me. Hope this helps you!

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