It's here! We've made it to Summer and now it’s time to think about that impending Summer Holiday! The destination has been chosen, the plane tickets are booked, the cats booked in to the cattery and finally, you can smell that waft of vacation lurking in the air. Now all you need to do know is get that suit case prepped....Uh hem. While packing your suitcase can (often) be the bane of your life, we’ve put together a little something to help you out and avoid that last minute stress and to keep to focus on the Margarita you'll be sinking poolside in no time at all!
Whether you’re heading away for a 4 days, a week, or even a month, we’ve got some pretty well-oiled tips on how you can be as organized and ‘Summer ready’ as possible. Below we have listed 13 essentials to pack on your next beach vacation and we’ve even got a free downloadable packing list to help you while you’re at it! Keep reading my friend...
1 - Personal items and Travel documents
Make sure your travel documents are always accessible in your carry on. Passport, credit card, insurance card and boarding card are all good friends to keep near by at all times.
It can also be a good idea to keep an extra outfit and some toilet “must haves” in your carry on in case your suitcase gets lost or delayed….!? (Or make sure you’ve got some killer insurance so you can hit the streets shopping as soon as you land! :P )
2 - A first aid it / Travel health
Obviously, getting sick is a pretty big buzz kill at any time of the year but specifically for that vacation you have been saving up for! Needless to say, it’s pretty easy to get sick in foreign countries you havnt yet travelled to before (Or maybe it’s just Asia – My favourite place to travel!) Don’t forget to bring a stash of panadol, hydration pills, betadine and any prescription medications to stay on your game. I also always pack a few band-aids for all that walking and sight seeing I know I get too excited with! Ain’t nothing worse than not being able to walk around Angkor Wat because you’ve got an infected blister…..!
Also, If you’re heading somewhere slightly freaky I would always suggest to check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website. These guys have all the necessary information on travel vaccines and country specific travel advice if you’re heading off the beaten track and into the jungle. It’s always better to stay informed and be prepared, that way at least if you do get super sick you may understand why and how!
3 - A travel Guide
I love the convenience of having all the information about my destination in one location. These days there are so many great travel apps, books, blogs to follow and instagram accounts (Although I tend not to judge any holiday off an instagram feed as it’s far too calculated!). A useful one for our Motorbike trip around Vietnam was this blog, if you’re thinking about taking a train in ANY country, Seat61 has you covered and I also liked this blog for good tips on our recent trip to Thailand. (Currently searching for a killer Southern Europe blog or 2 - if anyone knows of any feel free to email me!)
Doing your research before and having these Travel Guides on hand is not only super useful but it saves a whole bunch of time researching online once you get to your destination.
4 - Lightweight Clothing
That’s all I can say my friends, after all, this is a Summer holiday you’re going away on right? My advice is to bring lightweight clothing that you can layer and style differently (Speaking of which, have you seen our collection of super cute scarves?!) Loose fitting and oversized styles work best and say goodbye to anything made from Nylon or Polyester! I’m a huge fan of natural materials like Cotton, Linen & Silk for a more breathable option. (Especially if you’re planning on visiting cities in the tropics!)
5 - A cute Tote Bag
Book, snacks, a towel, sunglasses….you always need a go-to tote that will fit all your essentials in. Make the right choice girls; this bag will become your best ally this summer.
6 – A Bikini
And a couple of them! If you are a sea lover like me, you’ll be in and out of the water all day long and so a few pairs of bikini’s or swimmers will be essentials for your Summer trip. I do love a cute one piece (both for their style, practicality and ability to chuck on some denim shorts and head straight to the bar!) but if you’re planning on getting in some serious tan time then you’ll probs want a bikini or two as well. Just keep in mind, you may need something slightly practical if you want head off water skiing, wake-boarding or snorkelling….. Something to keep in mind for the ladies!
7 - A Sun Hat
Slightly niggly to travel with (Carry on or suit case?) but essential for both style and practicality. A good sunhat will finish off your Summer style, keep you cool under the mid-day heat and make sure that shot on insta gets a few extra likes! After mis-placing my favourite hat in an airport last Summer, I will now only travel with it in my suitcase, carefully packed with clothing around it and inside it. All in all, a Hat is definitely one of the best accessories to bring on your Summer holiday!
8 - Your Sunglasses
No good Summer was ever complete without a rad pair of sunglasses! There are so many cool brands around at the moment, that offer both style and quality in a cute pair of sunnies. Oh, and a good pair will keep you squinting and those Summer wrinkles at bay…. For another Summer at least!
9 - Day to night shoes
I know how it’s hard to leave the house with just 1 pair of shoot but ladies, do you really need 10 pairs of shoes for a week long vacation at the beach? I’m going to go ahead and answer that one for you with a No… Instead, choose two or three comfy pairs of shoes that you can use in any situation: a flip-flop for the beach and a nice flat for dinner and drinks and a solid walking shoes for pounding the pavement or that sunrise hike up a mountain. Of course to travel also means to discover so don’t forget your walking shoes!
10 - A Summer read
Summer is one of the best times to relax and read all the books you have put on your ‘To Read’ list all year long. Fill up your kindle with a fresh bunch of new reads or pack your old favorite and enjoy. There is nothing quite like the silent pleasure of taking some time to read a good book under a shady umbrella…. Hello vacation!
11 - Sunscreen
Don’t forget your beach beauty must have! A high SPF sunscreen should be at the top of your list. Too much sun exposure is never good for skin (said every wrinkle ever). A good after-sun, aloe moisturizer is also a good option if you’re planning to spend some serious time out in the rays.
12- A camera
If you’re heading somewhere new or someplace with good pals, you’re going to want to cherish the memories with a few snaps. Everywhere you travel to has many places, beaches, temples, natural beauties that you’re going to want to explore and document to show Mum on your return home. Don’t forget to pack your camera or of course -your phone can also do the job! (Just put it on flight mode so you’re not always distracted by the latest snapchat or status update – you’re on vacation after all!)
13 – An electronic adapter
We all have the tendency to forget this little accessory. In case you forget it, don’t panic. You can find an adapter easily at every airport. If they’re not hanging out on the shelves of the suitcase store, they will be in a special section in the pharmacy.
Last but not least, for a perfect Summer, don’t forget to bring your favorite jewellery from La Luna Rose! Jewellery makes for the best accessory to finish your outfit in the evening or glisten brightly poolside in your new Bikini. Our Scarves also make for the best style accessory to any Jean shorts & T-shirt. Well that’s in my opinion anyway!
Enjoy your trip girls :) Be sure to tag your photos with #ChicasWhoTravel so we can see where you end up! x
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|CHARITY & SALLY T-SHIRT MEASUREMENTS||SMALL (Size 6-10)||MEDIUM (Size 10-14||LARGE (Size 14-16)|
It is important to note that different countries have different sizing methods.
Most of the world goes by number sizing which is the easiest and most accurate.
Because we sell our jewellery all over the world, we have decided to stick with number sizing and have put together the below chart to help you out. The most common size for ladies is a size 7 and size 10 for man. If you are unsure of your size you can measure the inner diameter of one of your own rings and refer to the below measurements.
Feel free to email us at email@example.com if you have any further issues.
Please also note that if you are ordering a wide band ring, its usually a good idea to go up a size.
Size 6 = Ring Sizes L, M, N. Inner Diameter measures 16.5mm
Size 7 = Ring Sizes N, O, P. Inner Diameter measures 17.3mm
Size 8 = Ring Sizes P, Q, R. Inner Diameter measures 18.1mm
Size 9 = Ring Sizes R, S, T. Inner Diameter measures 18.9mm
If you require a ring in a different size in any of the designs offered, please send us an email here and we will see what our clever silversmiths can do for you.
All items in the La Luna Rose shop clearly label the length of the chain used for that design. Unless otherwise stated, all La Luna Rose necklaces are adjustable in length by 2" / 5cm. All necklaces in our Essentials collection have a finer chain and are adjustable y 1"/2.5cm in length.
Beaded Bracelets - La Luna Rose Sundown Sandy beaded bracelets are fastened with an adjustable clasp giving two size options for the 'average' wrist. One sits at a total circumference of approx 16cm and the other at 18.5cm. As all our pieces are individually hand-made, this may vary slightly. If you are concerned about your desired size, please feel free to email us & we can measure one up specifically for you in the design you will be ordering.
La Luna Rose Colour Creator Cuff Bracelets are also fastened with an adjustable clasp giving two size options for the 'average' wrist based on a wider design. One sits at a total circumference of 17.5cm and the other at 19cm. These fit slightly larger than ou As all our pieces are individually hand-made, this may vary slightly. If you are concerned about your desired size, please feel free to email us & we can measure one up specifically for you.
La Luna Rose Sideshow Sally Beaded Bracelets are constructed with a 'loop' system meaning that they do not open up completely but can be adjusted largely in size from a small wrist size measuring 14cm circumference to a larger wrist measuring 19cm circumference. To open them just pull at the end of the beaded section and to close them once on your wrist, pull the tassel heads gently. Again, if you are unsure please feel free to email us here & we can help you work out your size.
Solid Bracelets - Adults Our Solid bracelets are available in 3 sizes and measure 18cm in total circumference for a size SMALL, 19.8cm for a MEDIUM and 21cm for a LARGE. If you would like to check your wrist size, grab a strip of paper, string or tape measure and you can measure your wrist with 3 fingers underneath the string also. If you are still unsure and would like something smaller/bigger made for you, send us an email here and we will see what we can create.
La Luna Rose chain bracelets fit much like the beaded bracelets with an adjustable clasp. Therefore they have two/three size options for you. They sit at a total circumference of approx 17cm, 18cm and 19cm.
*For the Chunky Monkey bracelet we suggest a tighter fit. To be sure of your size here, measure your wrist circumference and use this to order the correct size as shown on the product page.
LA LUNA ROSE ESSENTIALS SIZING
All measurements are on the product pages. Our Essentials necklaces are available in 16" length with an smaller loop at 15" and 18" with an smaller loop at 17".
Our Essentials Bracelets measure 17cm in length with an smaller size loop at 15cm.
Our Essentials Rings are offered in size 6, 7, 8 and 9. We are more than happy to make smaller or larger sizes on request, please just email us here.
LA LUNA ROSE PETITES SIZING
Petites Bracelets - We have a number of options for our bracelets for little girls - they're our top seller and little girls just love them! Our Beaded tassel bracelets have an adjustable sizing system and comfortably fit a little girl from aged 3 - 14. Girls 14 and upwards are recommended to fit our Adults collection however if they have small wrists they will still fit the Petites range. To measure a little girls wrist, please wrap a piece around their wrist with 2 fingers underneath. Mark the paper, and lay flat to measure with a ruler.
Our Petites Sideshow Sally Bracelets are adjustable in length and open up to 18cm in circumference. If you don't have a direct wrist to measure, this bracelet system is almost fail safe and accommodates almost all wrist sizes.
Our Petites Sunday Sandy Bracelets measure 12cm in length with 3 options of length within the clasp system.
Our La Luna Fiesta Bracelets measure 14cm in length/circumference and all have the abiloity to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
Our Solid silver bracelets for little Petites (To add charms onto) are available in 3 sizes. Baby 4.5cm in diameter (Recommended age 3-5), Small 5cm in diameter (Recommended age 6-10) and Medium 5.5cm diameter (Recommended age 10-15).
Our Petites Chain Bracelets measure 15cm in length with an smaller loop at 12.5cm. If you need larger, feel free to order an adults size.
Petites Rings - Our Petites range also offers rings for little girls. Please measure your childs finger first to ensure you are ordering the correct size. We would recommend a size 3.5 for girls 6-8 and a size 4.5 for girls 8-13 and a size 5-6 for 14-17year olds. However - every finger and body is different! Any questions, just send us and email here and we would be happy to help.
Petites Necklaces - Our La Luna Rose Fine Chain Necklace measure 15" in length with an extra size loop at 14". Our La Luna Fiesta Necklaces measure 34cm in length and all have the ability to have any of our La Luna Rose charms added to them.
If you require any other sizes for any of our items, please just let us know and we will see what we can whip up for you! You can contact us here.