Memo to your boss: women who take frequent vacations sleep better and are less likely to be tense or depressed. And yet, nearly a fifth of women take a vacation only once every six years. What are you waiting for? Grab the boyfriend for a romantic trip or call up the girlfriends and plan a girl-only getaway. And before you dust off your suitcase, take a look at our list of travel essentials—whether you're going away for a weekend or a month, you'll be glad you packed these!
Before you go, spray on a golden glow head-to-toe with Sonia Kashuk's spray-on bronzer. You'll have a natural, even tan before you even step foot into your hotel room, so you won't be tempted to go easy on the sunscreen in favor of some color.
Summer skincare doesn't have to stop at an SPF-loaded sunscreen. Dr. Brandt Skincare offers a ton of goodies that'll keep your skin healthy, hydrated, and glowing. Start with Daily UV Protection, which provides SPF 30 protection. Then, repair skin from the inside out with Anti-oxidant Water Booster in blueberry and green apple. Just one dropper in a glass of water contains the skin benefits of 15 cups of green tea (minus the caffeine!) Mattify skin with Pores No More, which absorbs oil and can be worn even on top of makeup. And don't forget to moisturize—Dr. Brandt's Lineless Cream preserves moisture and elasticity in the skin, keeping it lineless all summer long. And if you have sensate skin that's prone to redness, pick up Laser Relief, an anti-redness lotion and calms and heals irritated skin.
Whether you're in the 1% of women who actually make good on their plans to work out on vacation or just want to look like you do, you'll love this Reebok Striped Rugby Tank and Reebok FE Capri Leggings from Dicks Sporting Goods. They're stylish and comfy, and best of all, lightweight, so they'll take up almost no room in your suitcase.
Sometimes sticking your nose in a book and pretending to read isn't enough to keep talkative seat neighbors on planes from choosing you as their pseudo-therapist for an unbearably long flight. Luckily, the Nintendo DS Lite offers up to 19 hours of play time, perfect for long flights next to strangers and long car rides with your mother-in-law.