December holidays are sneaking up faster than we’ve imagined. Are you travelling to the coast? The bush? Or planning an all-out international getaway? Either way, packing for a summer trip isn’t as simple as you imagine.

Let’s dive into our essential guide to packing for summer trips, so you’ll be comfy and stress-free all summer long.

Clothes you should bring

Your best bet is always lightweight clothing. While this might seem simple, that thick t-shirt with that stunning print you love so much is not what you should consider lightweight.

Instead, opt for sun dresses, loose skirts, soft t-shirts, and vests. Not only are these things easier to pack, but you’ll be grateful on the hottest summer days.

Your capsule vacation wardrobe may look slightly different depending on where you’re going, – you wouldn’t wear a flowing sundress on a hike. But the lightweight rule should always apply.

Don’t forget to pack a cozzie! No matter where you’re going, you might need your favourite swimming suit for a jump in the pool, river, dam, or sea. There is nothing worse than needing your swimming costume and not having it.

Hats, sunnies, and sunscreen

No matter what you’ve got planned, you absolutely need to pack a good hat, a pair of sunglasses, and sunscreen. Protecting yourself from the sun will not only save you from painful sunburn but also heatstroke.

Much like a decent SPF 50 sunscreen, you need to protect your head with a UV protection sunhat. A decent certified protection sunhat helps prevent sunburn and protects the deeper layer of your skin from sun damage, reducing the risk of skin cancer.

Your guide to packing for a summer trip


A book or two

If you’re a reader, you should pack a book or two into your suitcase. Summer getaways are the perfect time to kick back, relax, and bury your nose in a good book.

Your trusty water bottle

Summer heat can be wildly unpredictable, and while this is usually the time to relax with a delicious cocktail, you need to keep yourself hydrated.

No matter where your vacation takes you, you absolutely need a reusable water bottle. Your body will thank you!

Don’t forget the tech

You’ll need your chargers and battery packs if you want to stay connected during your summer trip. If you’re travelling overseas, you may need to grab an adapter or two for your charging bricks.

These items can be tricky to pack and it’s never fun trying to unravel your cables when you get to your destination. The Thule Subterra Power Shuttle range is the ultimate gadget bag, with plenty of space for all your cables, battery packs, and even international plug adapters.

While you’re scrolling Thule’s website, don’t be afraid to have a squiz at some of their newest luggage options. They’re great for any type of summer trip!

Your guide to packing for a summer trip


Dry shampoo

In my books, dry shampoo is an absolute must for any trip. But, especially for summer vacations. After a long day by the resort pool or tanning on the beach, you might not want to wash your hair and style it for any nighttime activities.

And let’s be honest, hot tools? In this heat? No thanks.

Dry shampoo can help you prolong your hairstyle for a few extra days, saving you from having to do your hair.

Emergency essentials

As with any packing guide, you need to have an emergency kit. You should always pack important medication, plasters, and after sun. Trust us, you won’t want to be stuck somewhere without a headache tablet or a plaster.


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Article compiled by Jade McGee