What to bring on a hot weather vacation

Summer is the season when more people take time out of their busy schedule to slow down and relax. If you’ll be heading to a hot weather destination this summer, here’s what you should make sure to pack, whether you’ll be on a cruise, on a beach, or touring a warm-weather city.

Even though hot weather vacation destinations have one thing in common (high temperatures), the environment and activities can vary dramatically. You can go on a safari adventure in the Serengeti, see the city sights in Dubai or relax while soaking up the sun at one of the Welks timeshare locations in Southern California.


No matter where you go, properly packing for a hot weather vacation is a must. If not, your trip could feel more like an intense sauna than a relaxing vacation. In some locations it could be near impossible to find supplies, and who would want to spend their vacation running errands? Beat the heat by bringing these hot weather vacation essentials. 

Filtered water bottle

Recent research has found that approximately 75% of American adults are chronically dehydrated, meaning they don’t drink enough water on a daily basis. When it’s hot outside and you’re sweating, you run a greater risk of dehydration because you’re losing extra fluids.

Bringing along a water bottle with a built-in filter makes staying hydrated much easier. (Having a water bottle that’s insulated helps keep drinks cool, too.) (Having a water bottle that’s insulated helps keep drinks cool, too.) Just having a water bottle with you can serve as a reminder to drink up. You’ll avoid dehydration and feel more energized for all your fun vacation activities. If you’re going on a camping trip you may want to pack a LifeStraw. This compact, handy little tool can make contaminated water safe to drink.

Broad spectrum sunscreen

When it’s hot out that usually means the sun is shining. We learned on our weekend getaway to Callaway Gardens that even a short vacation requires sunscreen. Even though the trees provided a lot of shade, UV exposure can add up when you’re outdoors for several hours.

There’s no easier way to ruin a vacation than getting a sunburn. Within just a few hours after UV exposure, a sunburn can develop. If it’s severe you may also get nauseous, develop a fever or have chills.

The simple solution is the slather on plenty of 30+ SPF broad spectrum sunscreen. Broad spectrum means the sunscreen blocks both UVA and UVB rays. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you apply one ounce (shot glass) of sunscreen all over your body and reapply every two hours. If you take a dip in an ocean, lake or pool go ahead and reapply after drying off.

Neck cooler

This one item can make you feel cooler every time you step outside. Neck coolers are like rolled up bandanas, but they have compartments with a specialized substance inside that expands and cools when you soak it in water. Tie one around your neck and it will instantly feel cooler outside. We used some of these in the Grand Canyon. Just be aware that sometimes, cheaper ones can bleed fabric dye onto the collar of your shirt…wear playclothes or upgrade!

Loose, breathable clothing

Another way to prevent sunburns is to cover up. Of course, when it’s hot outside the natural inclination is to wear less, but if you wear the right type of clothing you can stay covered and cool. It’s a matter of choosing the right fit and material.

Loose, flowy clothing is going to be much cooler than tight clothing because it allows air to move across the skin and dry sweat. Linen is by far one of the best materials for hot weather because it’s very breathable. The fiber allows for great airflow and keeps the linen from clinging to the skin. Cotton and moisture-wicking performance fabrics are also good to pack for a hot weather vacation.

Shade makers

Sometimes you have to create your own shade to stay cool and decrease the intensity of the sun. For that reason, you’ll want to pack at least one pair of sunglasses, a few hats and a sizeable umbrella. Sunglasses are also important because they provide UV protection for your eyes.

Portable fan

A small handheld fan can make a huge difference when it’s hot outside. Just make sure to pack extra batteries because portable fans get passed around a lot. Also beware of kids deciding to fight over the use of the fan…best to buy one for each kid! 

Have fun. See the world. Stay cool!



About the author

Pit Stops for Kids AUTHOR: Amy Whitley is the founding editor of Pit Stops for Kids and content editor of Trekaroo. She writes on staff monthly at a number of travel publications, and contributes to OutdoorsNW magazine as an outdoor adventure traveler. Find Amy at Google.




  1. I am trying to set up a summer vacation trip for the upcoming summer. I never did such a trip and don’t know what to keep or not. This guide will help me a lot and I am sure to gonna bookmark this post. Thanks for sharing the accessories list. I just loved it.

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