Heading Out For a Vacay Soon? Don’t Forget To Pack These 7 Things In Your Summer Travel Bag


So you’ve already gathered your friends or family for a summer trip, planned your itinerary, and booked your transportation and accommodation—now what?

Before enjoying your fun summer getaway, you need to check one more *vital* task on your preparation list: packing your travel bag. Aside from causing inconvenience, forgetting to bring certain items to a trip can lead to unnecessary expenses—which you’d want to avoid, especially if you’re traveling on a budget.

So whether you’re packing for a long overseas trip or an overnight stay at the nearest beach, check out this list of essentials that should be in your summer travel bag. 

A reusable tumbler

Carrying your reusable tumbler for a summer trip has many perks: First, it gives you access to your favorite drinks anytime, anywhere. Second, it saves you money from buying water or other summer coolers on the spot. Third, it is environment-friendly and helps reduce plastic litter on beaches and other tourist spots. 

With a vacuum-insulated bottle like Aquaflask’s 40oz Stainless Steel Tumbler, you can keep your fave hot drinks like coffee or tea hot for up to 12 hours. Ice-cold water and other summer coolers can also stay cold for up to 24 hours when stored in this tumbler, making it perfect for whole-day trips. Each Aquaflask bottle is also made of durable stainless steel and guaranteed leak-proof, so you don’t need to worry about accidental spills.

Get an Aquaflask 22oz Stainless Steel Tumbler from Aquaflask in select SM malls nationwide.

UV protection products

Sunscreen is a must-have for any outdoor activity since it shields you from harmful UV rays and prevents skin damage. However, it is effective only for a certain amount of time. 

That’s why you always need to bring SPF-equipped products in your travel bag for regular touch-ups—and the compact sizes of Happy Skin’s Rescue Me Tinted Matte Sun Gel Primer SPF 40 and Rescue Me Cooling UV Sun Mist SPF 40 make that hassle-free. 

The Rescue Me Tinted Matte Sun Gel Primer SPF 40 is a tinted sunscreen that doubles as an all-in-one face base by blurring your pores and correcting redness. Its effects are perfectly complemented by the Rescue Me Cooling UV Sun Mist SPF 40, which helps hydrate and moisturize your skin during a hot day.

Save P299 on the Happy Skin Tinted Matte Sun Gel Primer In Soft Beige + Uv Sun Mist Set when you purchase it from Watsons in SM City San Lazaro and SM Savemore Nagtahan until May 31.

Comfortable flip-flops

Flip-flops are versatile, don’t take up much space in your luggage, and have open-toe designs that are perfect for relaxing your feet. Those reasons contribute to flip-flops’ reputation as staple summer footwear, and it’s advisable to always bring *at least* one pair whenever you travel for your comfort and convenience.

Whether for walking at the beach or indoor use, we recommend the Adidas Men's Eezay Flip-Flops in Tech Indigo for their lightweight feel and extra cushioning. With their classic and casual design, these flip-flops can easily complement any beach outfit and present a laidback but fashionable look.

Cop a pair of Adidas Men's Eezay Flip-Flops in Tech Indigo at 40% off from Sports Central in SM City Butuan until May 31.

Your handy GoPro

A compact action camera like the GoPro HERO 9 is a gadget must-have for adventurers who enjoy capturing their summer trips’ highlights in high-quality photos and videos. Even if it’s light and small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the GoPro HERO 9 can shoot videos with up to 5K resolution and deliver high-quality 20MP photos. 

This powerful camera can keep photos and videos clear and detailed even when zooming in. Its other features include HyperSmooth 3.0 for advanced stabilization and a Dual LCD Display. For those who like diving and other water sports, the GoPro HERO 9 is waterproof and can shoot photos and videos up to 33 feet deep underwater.

From an original price of P23,990, you can get the GoPro HERO 9 Black package (with an official local warranty!) at a discounted price of P19,990 at Camerahaus Plus in SM Mall of Asia. This package includes a GoPro HERO 9 Black camera, a Hard Shell Camera Case, one Original GoPro Battery, Thumbscrew and Mounting Buckle, the Curve Mount, and a USB Type-C cable. Get it ASAP for your next trip because this promo is only available while supplies last! 

Awesome camera phone

If you don’t like carrying multiple gadgets during a trip, you can always opt for a smartphone with powerful cameras to capture your favorite vacation moments. The Oppo Reno8 5G has a sharp 50MP f/1.8 Main Camera that can take up to 4K Video qualities at 30fps. It also has Dual Sony Flagship Sensors that let you take clear and vibrant photos even during nighttime and in low-light conditions. 

The Oppo Reno8 5G 128GB is available in Shimmer Black or Sunkissed Beige for only P29,999. With every purchase of this smartphone at FoneStyle, you can get exclusive freebies and P1,700 worth of tokens that can be used for mobile accessories to upgrade your user experience. 

Enjoy this promo at any SM Malls branch of FoneStyle Mobile Phones, Gadgets, and Accessories until April 30.

A reliable powerbank

Ease your worries about suddenly getting an empty phone battery while filming your travel vlog or exploring an island by bringing a reliable powerbank to your summer trip. The ideal powerbank for travelers should be compact but powerful enough to charge multiple devices in case you need to share with a friend or family member. Bonus points if it has a practical 2-in-1 purpose—just like this REMAX Mirror RPP-36 10000mAh Power Bank! 

You can use the REMAX Mirror RPP-36 10000mAh Power Bank as a mirror and powerbank, making it a convenient must-have if you need to pack light. And while it’s small enough to fit in your purse or any small bag, it has a 10,000mAh capacity that can fully charge your devices without a hitch.

Get the REMAX Mirror RPP-36 10000mAh Power Bank now for only P1,090 at Remax stores in all SM Mall branches.

Summer-ready clothes

Are you planning to take cute OOTDs at the beach for your summer ’gram? Make sure to pack clothes that are comfortable and suitable for the hot weather. Those with breathable fabrics like cotton and linen are highly recommended for summer because they feel light on the skin and allow extra airflow when worn.

You can also opt for sleeveless styles like this tank top from Bench to keep your body cool and prevent sweat build-up in your armpit area. Browse Bench’s collections for tank tops with cute patterns or designs—like this top’s smocked style—that will look stunning in your vacation photos. We also recommend choosing light-colored clothes, such as this lavender top, since they absorb less heat and help keep your body cool.

Buy two Women’s Tank Tops for only P449 at Bench Body in SM City San Jose Del Monte until May 31. This promo applies to selected items only.

Get ready to pack your bags and enjoy a worry-free summer vacation with these travel essentials that you can cop now at SM Malls nationwide. For more exciting deals and discounts, visit SM Deals or download the SM Malls Online app!

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