It’s spring break, baby! And that means VACATION TIME! As an educator, I’m fortunate enough to have a week off each year, AND even better than that, spring break falls on my birthday this year (26th)! I’m super excited to get outta here, and here some of my favorite vacation prep tips!
Vacations are a time to celebrate and relax, but it doesn’t hurt to start a few days early! One week before, get a facial or microdermabrasion treatment for gorgeous skin, two days before, get a spray tan so you’re nice an bronzed [but not smelly anymore from the tanner], and one day before, get yourself a fresh mani-pedi!
SISTER TIP: Always check Groupon and Living Social for beauty and health deals before you pay out of pocket. I found a mani-pedi for $20!
Grab Beauty Samples
Each time I go on vacation, I stop at various stores to get free samples of products for me to pack for my vacay so I don’t have to worry about that pesky 3-ounce rule at the airport! I snag an adorable teeny sample bottle of perfume from Sephora (I can get about 5+ uses out of one), body lotion from The Body Shop, and stock up on travel-sized toothpaste for free at the dentist’s office. Saving money makes me happy. :)
Cut Down on Snacks
That’s right, I said it. Cut out sugar at least 1-2 weeks before your trip, and substitute snacks with healthy greens or low-sugar smoothies. Don’t change things too much, or your body may react negatively, but any healthy additions will help you feel travel-ready!
Pack Versatile Outfits & Shoes
Whenever I’m preparing to pack for time away, I shop for a top, bottom, jacket, and pair of shoes that I know I will get consistent use out of in various situations. My favorite purchase for this trip was a convertible black wrap maxi dress that I am able to dress-up or wear casually during the day. (Look forward to a future post about this amazing find!) Wedge sandals are often a favorite of mine for the same reason, and long shirts that can pass as a casual day dress, or be paired with pants or shorts are great finds, too.
Make Some Personalized Playlists
I just upgraded to get Spotify Premium, and I’m so excited! (I got it for a mere $4.99/month with a Masters student discount!) Now I have unlimited access to songs, even offline, without commercials or skips. I put some effort into making great vacation playlists, and it’ll pay off while I’m listening to my favorite tunes on the beach. :)
Prepare for Negative Effects of Air Travel
Besides jet lag, air travel has a lot of negative effects, especially on sensitive folks, like myself! Read this article “What Happens to Your Body When You Fly“, and make a set plan on how to counteract some of the dehydration, air flow, and fatigue. Your body will thank you in the end!
Call Ahead for Perks
Something I always do before I leave for vacation is call the hotel or resort we’re staying at directly and inquire about any last minute possible perks. Hey, it never hurts to ask! Here’s usually my script:
“Hello there, I’ll be visiting your beautiful resort tomorrow, and I couldn’t be more excited. I’m hoping you can help me explore some options to make my vacation even more special! Do you have the capability to look for complimentary upgrades, early check-in, or spa credits you may be able to add to my account before I come?”
Of course sometimes it comes down to just a bit of luck, but I’ve had a lot of success by simply calling ahead!
What are some of your vacation prep tips? Where are you headed this spring break??