Must-Have Beach Vacation Essentials
The countdown to our annual vacation to escape the cold Canadian winter is on! We are headed back to our favourite place, Cancun, Mexico. This year we upgraded at our favourite resort and will be staying VIP at The Pyramid Grand Oasis!
With my departure only a week away, I thought I would share some of my must-have beach vacation essentials with you today.
I have been known to be an over-packer, it’s hard not to be sometimes. In the back of my mind I would rather over pack than be on vacation and not have something.
I am getting better, maybe. This year I am opting to pay for an extra bag so that I don’t have to worry about cramming everything I buy while on vacation into my main suitcase, or having it be over weight.
Speaking of bags being overweight … I am currently reliving a 3am shuffle at the airport between my bag and Steve’s. My bag was a little over the weight limit and I had to move some things to Steve’s bag so I didn’t have to pay.
Last year we took Abby and Hailee with us so I stuck a bunch of my stuff in their bags.
And that is why this year I am opting to just pay for an extra bag. After all, it is only like $35 or something. I will gladly pay that to not have to shuffle stuff at 3am at the airport!
Must-Have Beach Vacation Essentials
Below I am sharing some of my must-have beach vacation essentials. I am sure I’m forgetting a few things, I have yet to pack or even start my list, but these are the things I 100% cannot live without on vacation!
Sometimes all that lovely ocean water and sun can leave my hair feeling less than lovely.
I always make sure to pack two of my fave Marc Anthony products to help keep my hair hydrated!
- Shampoo & Conditioner
- Hair Ties
- Blow Dryer
- Flat Iron
- Curling Wand
- Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Hair Treatment
- Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Oil Treatment
I have been a Cake customer for many years. Their creams and scrubs are absolutely amazing, and they smell fantastic.
This year I am trying out the Cake versions of products I always bring on vacation with me.
I can’t even say which one I am most excited to try, but I can tell you I almost always have beach waves, so the wave maker is a must!
Here are what Cake products I am packing:
Taking care of my skin while on vacation is very important. I always make sure to bring all my facial care needs, including my cleansing brush, on vacation.
For makeup I have my beach bum products which are mainly by NUDESTIX because they are simple, give my skin a gorgeous glow, and they are water-resistant. I also have a few other makeup products for fuller coverage when we go out on the town!
- Delectable Triple Moisture Body Lotion by Cake
- DIY Makeup Remover/Facial Cleansing Face Pads
- Micellar Water
- Life Brand Facial Cleansing Brush
- Facial Cleanser
- Facial Serum
- Quo Brush Cleaning Wipes
- Makeup brushes
- Cooling Water by Milk
- Luminous Blur Stick by Milk
- Younique Touch Liquid Foundation
- Younique Moodstruck Epic Mascara
- Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation
I’m head over heels in love with NUDESTIX products. I was first introduced to them at The National Women’s Show in Toronto and have been addicted ever since. Their makeup products are so easy to use and just make you glow!
Here is what NUDESTIX products I am packing:
- Concealer Pencil
- Eyebrow Stylus Pencil & Gel
- Nudies All Over Face Color in Bondi Bae, In The Nude, and Hey Honey
- Sunset Strip Magnetic Eye + Lip & Cheek Set
- Magnetic Eye Pencil Set in Smoke, Burnish, and Nudity
- Rock N’ Roller Eyeliner in Black Moon
Health & Hygiene
If there is one thing I can’t pack enough of it is hand sanitizer.
While I usually pack my own anti-itch cream, I do find the stuff they sell in the pharmacy in Cancun way better. I usually buy a few to bring home!
My health & hygiene must-haves are mostly things everyone brings.
The only one that stands out that some may not think of is a body scrub. Catching some serious sun on vacation can leave your skin dry and it may start to peel. I always bring a scrub to use every other day to keep the flaky skin at bay!
- Body wash
- Body scrub
- Hair, Skin & Nails Vitamins
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Tanning Oil
- Anti-itch cream
- Bug repellant
- Bath & Body Works Pocketbac hand sanitizer
Clothing & Accessories
This is where I tend to over pack the most. I can never decided on outfits so I generally bring a crap load of clothes.
One thing is for sure, I always wear and pack a comfy outfit for the plane ride.
There is nothing worse than being cold or uncomfortable on the flight, and when I get to my destination I pop in the bathroom and change into less clothing!
I am a huge bikini lover and I like them to be a bit cheeky. I always buy my bikini bottoms on Amazon, they have an amazing selection of bottoms that don’t fully cover the tush.
- Comfy clothes for flight
- Light jacket or sweater
- Under garments
- Fashion jewellery
- Flip flops
- Maxi dress
Tech, Gadgets & Misc
While I do try to unplug while on vacation I have three children back home I like to talk to every day. We Facetime with them so I always pack my iPhone and iPad.
I also love to take photos while on vacation so my camera is a must!
One thing I never thought to bring on my first vacation was a drink container.
The cups they give you at the resort are small and I hate going back to the bar every 5-10 minutes. Now I bring my own large drink container that they fill up so I can have more relaxation time at the beach!
- Kobo eReader
- Handheld Fabric Steamer
- iPhone & Charger
- Camera, Lenses & Charger
- Bluetooth Speaker
- Portable Charger
- Drink container
- Waterproof cell phone bag/case
What are your must-have products to take with you on vacation?