When it comes to traveling, Summer is the ideal time to take a vacation. WE get a break from work and/or school, and so we get a break from our day to day routine and obligations. We can, and should, use this time to our advantage to unwind, first and foremost, but also to experience something new and exciting. So, when it comes time to take your vacation, where will you go, and what will you do? There are many possibilities out there, but it’s all a matter of taste. However, one universal element of travel is the prep work required to make a trip a good and relaxing one. Here are a few tips to help you out.

First of all, book everything in advance. For example, book a hotel room with somebody like RIU Hotels and Resorts, a flight, a rental car, if necessary, etc., but do it all as early as possible for best results. That way, you can ensure a smooth transition into your trip when the time comes and leave yourself plenty of time to back out if your plans change. You’re also going to want to pack as early as possible, though packing has a much smaller window, as you’ll be using much of what you’re packing up until you walk out the front door.

Speaking of packing, after you take care of the essentials, namely toiletries, like a toothbrush and toothpaste, and your passport and ID, you’re going to need enough clothes for an outfit per day and some extras just in case. Don’t forget to dress for you destination. This means dressing warm for a colder destination, or dressing cooler for a warm destination. This way, you’ll be comfortable and safe from the elements, which is essential for having the best vacation possible.