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10 Summer Vacation Must-Haves to Pack on Your Next Getaway

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With summer right around the corner, planning a summer vacation offers a glimmer of hope for many Americans. Whether you plan to vacation close to home, explore the outdoors or travel abroad, packing your bags will be the first order of business. 

And packing strategically means less stress and more fun while you're away.   

From desert air to salty shores and every travel destination in between, having these 10 summer vacation must-haves on hand will put the easy living in your summer vacation.

1. Vacation Reads

Cracking open the cover and burying your nose in a good book is a favorite vacation pastime for many travelers. Read A Travel Lovers Book List before you embark on your next literary adventure, or ask your friends if you can borrow their favorite page-turners.

2. New Socks

Even if you’re traveling to a warm-weather destination this summer, nights can be chilly. According to the National Sleep Foundation, wearing lightweight socks to bed can help you fall asleep faster.

3. Hats and Sunglasses 

Wide-brimmed, floppy, baseball — whatever your style, pack a hat in your carry-on bag so it doesn't get crushed. Better yet, wear it during your journey, and don't forget your shades. You'll need them while you're lounging poolside.

4. A Spare Bathing Suit — Or two

One of the many benefits of Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare is that many properties and suites are fully equipped with amenities like private laundry facilities so you can wash and dry clothing at your leisure. Still, it's always good to have a few extras on hand.

5. Hydrating Mist

Taking a vacation is all about feeling refreshed. Why not take that literally? All that time outside in the sunshine or salty sea air can dry you out. Try the Evian Travel Trio TSA-approved bottles to keep your skin hydrated.

6. Zinc-Based Sunscreen

No matter where you're headed, protecting your skin is wise. However, for travelers planning a trip to Hawaiizinc-based sunscreen is a must — not just for your skin health but also the health of the region's coral reefs. Considering stocking up on your favorites before arriving in the islands.

7. Dry Shampoo

Skip your daily wash and blow-dry, even if you’ve been at the beach or pool, by packing some dry shampoo to give your mane a clean boost until you get the chance to hit the shower again.

8. Eye Drops

If you're a frequent eye-drops user, you'll want to toss a bottle in your toiletry bag. Flights, hotel air conditioning and hot desert air, can all lead to dry, itchy red eyes. Eye drops soothe allergies and add moisture so you can soak up the sights in full view.

9. Hand Sanitizer and Baby Wipes

Even if you're traveling without kids in tow, wet wipes are great to have on hand. Wiping down dirty tables at the beach, spills and sticky fingers are all jobs for wipes. If you aren't near a place to wash your hands, pocket hand sanitizer can also come to the rescue.

However, one place you won't need your wipes is at Hilton Grand Vacations' resorts and properties. Our participation in Hilton CleanStay™ includes elevated housekeeping and hygiene standards. Owners and Guests also have access to items like face coverings and sanitizing wipes. 

10. Reusable Water Bottle 

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Pack a reusable bottle in your carry-on to stay hydrated on the go. Bring it to the beach, on hikes or to your favorite theme parks.

Bottles like Hydro Flask can stay cold (or warm) for hours and are much more cost-effective than buying throwaway plastic bottles every time you get thirsty.

Travel with Confidence with Hilton Grand Vacations Timeshare

One of the benefits of vacation ownership with Hilton Grand Vacations is traveling with the comforts of home.


Toothpaste and toothbrushes are available at the Front Desk of our resorts. We also offer laundry detergent, kitchen supplies, and hairdryers to save you valuable suitcase space and ensure you feel at home — anywhere in the world. 


Read Vacations With Access To Fully Equipped Kitchens Are a Big Deal to explore the Hilton Grand Vacations timeshare difference.


The Vacationeer

The Vacationeer is a collective of Hilton Grand Vacations storytellers whose goal is to inspire travelers to go further. We're always on the lookout for new destinations to explore, useful travel tips, and unique ideas to help you plan the most memorable vacations possible.

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