|My vacationing toes, at the main pool at the Grand Luxxe - Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico|
Like you, I've read plenty of magazine articles that offer up suggestions like waterproof mascara, anti-humidity hair gel and 5-inch espadrille wedges for your humid, warm-weather trip. Reality check: if you are anything like me, you will not want to wear mascara or hair gel, or teeter around on 5-inch heels, on vacation. That's just silly. So, here's my list of tropical vacation must haves...the real ones.
Band-Aid Blister Block
Sticky weather means that your rubber flip-flops will grab your skin and rip it right off. No matter how used to flip-flops your feet are, they will fall prey to the unforgiving rubber straps once the humidity level starts inching up. This miracle-working waxy stick will save your feet from that ugly (and painful) fate. It has also come in quite handy in New Orleans and NYC in the summer.
→ Buy the Band-Aid Blister Block Stick, $5.25, at amazon.com.
Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus
I've been in love with this stuff since my mom loaded me up with it before a summer in Florence, Italy. It's the ultimate tropical vacation multi-tasker. In one application you get a much-needed bug repellent, SPF 30 and a light moisturizer. It's PABA and DEET-free, and actually smells kind of nice.
→ Buy the Avon Skin-So-Soft Bug Guard Plus IR3535® SPF 30 Gentle Breeze Lotion, $14.00, at avon.com.
2 Pair of Inexpensive Flip-Flops
Really, that's all you'll need or actually wear. For your basic, utilitarian pair it's hard to beat Havaianas in black. They're really comfortable and take a beating. For slightly dressier occasions, like dinner, I like this pair of beaded flip-flops from Kohl's. They look dressier and a little more special, but are inexpensive enough that you won't be bummed if you ruin them (which is always a possibility).
→ Buy the Havaianas Top Flip-Flop, $18.00, at us.havaianas.com.
Despite your best efforts, the bugs will get you. Come prepared or you will be miserable. This surprisingly useful cream is also good for taking the sting out of a mild sunburn and reducing the inflammation on an unexpected blemish.
→ Buy the Cortizone-10 Maximum Strength Hydrocortisone Cream, $9.99, at walgreens.com.
Remede Translucent UV Coat
You will not want to wear makeup. At all. But you will want to look decent for dinner. I've previously reviewed this miracle-in-a-bottle tinted sunscreen liquid -- check out the review for a more thorough exploration of its better qualities. Basically, this stuff and an eyelash curler is all you need to look complete once the wrinkle-busting, glow-inducing humidity sets in. Plus, it adds a nice layer of extra sun protection.
→ Buy the Remede Translucent UV Coat SPF 30, $40.00, at blissworld.com.
So, what are your tropical travel must-haves? Let us know in the comments!