GET PACKING

Break out the bag: it’s summer, and we’ve got places to go! Whether you’re weekending for a three-day holiday celebration or taking that trip of a lifetime, here’s a list to help get you inspired – from the obvious to the easily overlooked.

The basics. Wallet, keys, passport, itinerary, cell phone, charger. Miss these and you won’t get very far out of town. Going abroad? Call your credit cards and give them a heads-up, so there are no surprises when they lock up your ATM card for suspicious foreign activities. See if your cell phone company lets you make calls outside of the US; if not, an unlocked phone can be used with local SIM cards to dodge the sticker shock that most companies charge. Also check the country’s voltage in case an adapter is needed.

It’s in the bag. The right or wrong ones can make or break your trip. Luggage for the big stuff. Bathroom kits that can unzip with a million compartments (bonus for the hook that hangs in the shower stall). A tote or backpack for your day treks. Overstuffed your suitcase? An adjustable strap can keep your bag together when your zipper doesn’t. Plus an extra bag: fold it up, stuff it in and you’ll have options. For laundry, gifts and those souvenirs you’ll never use.

A real camera. As great as your phone is, sometimes an SRL captures it even better. A must-have for serious snappers who want to get right up to that grizzly without actually being there. Plus a GoPro for action enthusiasts.

The Skechers. We’ve got this part covered. Sandals for the beaches of Phuket, boots for tramping the Milford Track, cushioned memory foam casuals for walking the cobblestones in Paris. Wherever you trek, we’ve got your style.

Layer up. Plan to weather the unexpected with light shirts, insulating layers, warm tops, windbreakers and jackets. Your favorite swimsuit (and a towel if you need it). Packing light? Convertible pants unzip into shorts in a snap. Dressing up? Take something wrinkle-resistant and roll them to keep them looking like new.

Lara packing

Beautify. Look great in your Instagram pics (and make your friends at home jealous) with a beauty kit that will keep you clean, moisturized and ready to rock. Dodge the sun with Peter Thomas Roth sunscreen, and grab extra contacts, glasses and solution if you need them.

The meds. Take it from someone who went rogue at a Peruvian farmacia and lived to regret it: bring meds you’re familiar with and don’t experiment when you get sick. Both prescription and non, in case the unexpected happens.

Be well read. DK Eyewitness Travel books (and basic foreign phrases) for the love-to-know-it-alls. Fiction fantasies for great escapists. Tabloids for the shamelessly curious. Get the tomes in your local shop or online where the options are way greater than the airport bookstore.

Snooze it. Do some time out on the plane with a little R&R: a pillow, ear plugs, eye mask and cush pair of socks can do wonders. Make your own personalized kit and show first class what they’re missing.

Accessorize. Give your trip some style and sizzle with a wide-brimmed sun hat. Sunglasses. A scarf that can be used to compartmentalize your items when you’re not wearing it on the gondola.

Want a vacation bonus? Join our #ShoecationSweeps! Just post a pic of you on your trip in your favorite Skechers on Instagram, and you could win a travel prize pack with a new pair of Skechers every Monday for 10 weeks starting July 6. Enter now through September 4! Get the details here.

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