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Your Spring Getaway Packing List, Done

You can start your stress-free vacation right now, as we’ve got you covered with a down-south packing list. Nothing sucks more than heading down south for a fun vacay, only to discover you forgot to pack something. You could spend money on buying what you need, but often these things will be more expensive. Or it can be more troublesome if you need something over-the-counter and you don’t know what exactly it is you are using or taking. (Health Canada is known to be one of the more strict countries when it comes to health claims on packaging.) So follow our list, and you’ll travel, not only comfortably, but also more relaxed knowing you have everything you’ll need.

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Surf & turf

These pretty flipflops work double duty. Not only are they beach-friendly, but they’re also patio-perfect for dinner.

Malvados rubber sandals with plastic straps, $25, at Bikini Village and bikinivillage.com.

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Kelly green nail polish

Pedi-perfect

Sandal weather means open-toe shoes, which means it’s time for a pedicure. For a stand-out pedi that’s on trend, go with Pantone’s colour of 2017: a bright Kelly green.

Essie nail polish in On The Roadie, $9.99, at nail bars and mass retailers essie.ca.

Find a deal at besthealth.save.ca.

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travel-size Advil

Take a pill

Whether you’re suffering from a sun headache, sunburn or too many fireside cocktails, there’s no need to feel the pain. These are the perfect size to travel with, too.

Advil Tablets, 10 capsules, $3.29, at mass retailers and drug stores.

Find a deal at besthealth.save.ca.

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Sheseido lip balm with SPF

Protect your pout

 

We love this lippy on our packing list has SPF. While you can wear it alone, you can also use it under your favourite gloss or lipstick. It instantly adds sun protection to your favourite lip product.

Shiseido The Skincare Lip Contour Conditioner SPF 10, $32, at Sephora and sephora.ca.

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Easy, breezy

A coverup that looks good on the beach over your swimsuit as it does for dinner. Swap your flipflops for heels (or ballet flats, because we are on vacation, after all) and add some pretty jewellery.

Joe Fresh Print Swim Coverup dress, $24, at Joe Fresh and joefresh.com.

Find a deal at besthealth.save.ca.

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Saje hand sanitizer

Give yourself a clean hand

Toss a water-free hand cleanser in your beach bag so you can swim, build sand castles and still snack on nibbles.

Sage Safe Hands Antimicrobial Hand Lotion, $9.95, at Saje Natural Wellness and saje.com.

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Sunny days

When it comes to choosing sunscreen, there are three things to remember: One, go for a high SPF; two, make sure it offers both UVA and UVB protection; and three, make sure you choose a sunscreen you will actually use. We love that this one is light and sheer, so we added it to our packing list.

Coppertone ClearlySheer Lotion for Body SPF 50, $9.99, at mass retailers.

Find a deal at besthealth.save.ca.

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Go for Rose Gold

This adorable tote will not only carry your beach essentials, it will also be the perfect carry-on for your flight. The pliable material makes it easy to put under the seat or in the overhead compartment.

H&M Shopper imitation-leather bag, $29.99, at H&M and hm.com.

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Mane event

Tame beach-frizz locks with the scent that’s vacay-appropriate – coconut. This oil-infused cream on our packing list uses coconut milk to deeply hydrate hair.

Herbal Essences Bio:renew Coconut Milk Oil Infused Créme, $7.49, at mass retailers.

Find a deal at besthealth.save.ca.

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one piece bathing suit

Floral Centrepiece

 

Who says a one-piece swimsuit has to be boring? A floral pattern makes it pretty and fun, as well as flattering.

Top Shop Posie One-Piece Floral Print Neoprene Swimsuit, $68, at Hudson’s Bay and thebay.com.

Find a deal at besthealth.save.ca.

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deodorant

Scent of a woman

Listen, we get it. It’s hot. And even with barely-there attire, we still need deodorant and antiperspirant. This ocean-like scent is the perfect travel mate on your packing list.

Secret Fresh Clear Gel Antiperspirant /Deodorant in Chill Ocean, $6, at mass retailers.

Find a deal at besthealth.save.ca.

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sport bra or shorts

Running away

Don’t take a vacation from your active lifestyle. Plus, these running pieces are the perfect excuse to stock up your running wardrobe.

Nike Dry Tempo Running Short, $55, at select sports retailers and nike.com.

Nike Pro Hyper Classic Padded Sports Bra, $74, at select sports retailers and nike.com.

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bronzer

Light up the room

This highlighter (it’s called strobing, if you’re really into makeup trends) works with your body lotion. Just add a few drops to the cream, blend it and apply. For instantly glowy skin, add this to your packing list.

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops in Rose Gold (warm pink), $52, at select beauty retailers and coverfx.com.

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face wipes

Swipe right

You’ll never regret packing face wipes in your beach bag, especially when you come out of the ocean. One wipe, and your skin will thank you – especially if you just realized your mascara isn’t waterproof. The aloe, cucumber and green tea ingredients will also soothe your skin.

Almay Cleansing Towelettes, $9.99, at major drug store chains.

Find a deal at besthealth.save.ca.

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package of anti-nausea wristbands

Wrist Watch

Nausea and motion sickness can ruin a boat ride or hanging out on the dock. Try these wristbands, which use pressure points to avoid feeling queasy.

Sea-Band, $14.49 at amazon.ca and cardhealthcares.com.

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Book cover

Cozy, beachy reads

While a juicy romance is always up our alley, this trip we’re going to sit back with an enjoyable how-to book. The tips from this book about Hygge – the art of coziness – will help make going home a bit less sad and loathsome (because it offers tips on making your home life more comfy).

The Little Book of Hygge: The Danish Way to Live Well by Meik Wiking, $19 at amazon.ca.