Let’s face it: Most of us haven’t packed for a getaway in quite a while now. If you’re planning a summer vacation and you’re out of packing practice, taking a few minutes to refresh your memory can help ensure that you hit the ground running when you arrive at your destination. Not sure where to start? We’ve got you covered with this roundup of summer essentials you need to pack for your next vacation.

1. Sunscreen

Wherever you’re headed, sunscreen is a must on any summer packing list. For the best coverage, choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen, which will protect your skin from both UVA and UV rays. Other things to look for? An SPF of 50 or higher and water resistance. Many dermatologists also prefer lotions. While stick sunscreens and sprays are convenient, they are inconsistent and require multiple applications to ensure adequate cover. Looking to do your part for the planet? Stick with “reef-safe” natural sunscreens.

2. Sun-protective clothing and sunglasses

Sun-protective clothing, hats, and sunglasses are another level of defense against the sun’s harmful rays. Whether you prefer a large, floppy straw hat or a ball cap, think of it as a chance to make a fashion statement. Don’t have room in your bag for a hat? Wear it on the plane or research some travel packing hacks – there are a lot of creative ways to fold and pack your items to fit everything you need!

3. Beach towels

Anyone who’s ever tried to make do with thin, small hotel towels at the beach or pool knows that they’re hardly up to the task of delivering a luxurious vacation-worthy experience. While beach towels do take up some real estate in your luggage, an ample, plush-sized towel is worth it.

4. A beach read

There’s no better time than a vacation to detach from your phone and get lost in a good book.

5. An extra bathing suit

Vacation is all about freedom, including taking a dip in the pool or ocean whenever — and as often — as you like. Bringing along an extra bathing suit (or two!) will spare you the unpleasant sensation of attempting to wriggle into a still-wet suit.

6. Dry shampoo

Even if you’re not a fan of dry shampoos, you may not have the time to wash and blow-dry when you’re on the go. Dry shampoo will give your hair a lift until your next shower.

7. Eye drops and hydrating mist

Whether you’re proactively combating the low humidity of an airplane cabin or vacationing in an arid climate, eye drops and a hydrating mist will prevent your eyes and skin from drying out while keeping you looking and feeling refreshed.

8. A reusable water bottle

Speaking of staying hydrated, don’t forget to pack your favorite reusable water bottle. It’s an easy, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly way to stay hydrated.

9. New socks

Socks may be the last thing you’re thinking about if you’re headed to a warm-weather destination. However, if you’re planning on exercising or doing a lot of sightseeing while you’re there, lightweight socks are a lifesaver. You’ll also be grateful for a warm pair of socks if your hotel room is chilly.

10. Hand sanitizer and wipes

Just because the pandemic is behind us doesn’t mean we didn’t learn anything from it. Hand sanitizer and wipes keep germs at bay — especially if you can’t find a place to wash your hands. If you’re traveling with kids, meanwhile, those wipes will more than earn their keep in your carry-on.

While we’re all more than ready to take off for parts unknown this summer, some planning and prep ensure that your trip will go smoothly. This vacation packing list will help make your next getaway a great one! Another way to guarantee a successful vacation? Let the travel experts at Business Class hook you up with up to 60 percent off your airfare. For the best first-class flights and cheapest business class flights to top summer destinations, visit Business Class today.