Tropical Travels

 {this is me in Aruba a few years back} 

{this is me in Aruba a few years back} 

If you're half as excited as I am for summer, you're probably going somewhere tropical (or for you californians and floridians, you get to enjoy your homeland). I'm lucky enough to be going home to Florida as well as traveling to "one happy island" in the Caribbean called Aruba. As I'm headed back to the sunshine state in a few days and this Caribbean trip is a little under a month away, I thought I would go ahead and talk about what I bring on tropical vacations, and what I do to get everything out of the seemingly short trips. 

What to Bring:  

Luckily, tropical-weather clothes are very lightweight, and if you're checking a bag, you've got oodles of space! I usually bring too many clothes, but it's not really an issue because I don't purchase much while I'm somewhere tropical. I bring shirts and shorts (denim and patterned) for the number of days I am there, a few skirts, maybe 4-5 sundresses and one maybe two pairs of patterned cotton or linen pants. As far as shoes go, I bring sandals, gladiators, pointy flats and flip flops for whenever I'm near water. Four pairs of shoes tops unless I decide on some wedge heels. I bring bathing suits that can be mixed and matched because let's be real I don't like wearing the same bathing suit twice if pictures have been taken (oops). I also bring a couple cover-ups. 

I like to bring my own (favorite) shampoo and conditioner. It's sulfate-free coconut oil and Shea butter by Mark Anthony, you can get this at CVS or Walgreens. It's the bomb. I also bring all my makeup. I don't wear all of it, but I hate not having the choice. I actually don't wear foundation or powder while I'm out in the sun, and if I get enough sun I don't put it on at all. I like to wear a little eye makeup (probably just mascara) in the day and I do a little more before dinner. 

 {my amazing parents} 

{my amazing parents} 

Enjoying the Trip: Some people believe in living in the moment; others believe in capturing every moment so it can be remembered. I think a healthy mix is perfect. I may lean more towards the capturing every moment side but that's just the photographer in me. I also think about the future and how I'll be able to look back and be reminded of the wonderful years of my youth, which could otherwise have been moments forgotten. I love getting great pictures of my wonderful parents while they're enjoying each other's company and smiling. Those are some of my favorite pictures I've taken, and I'm so glad I did. So take pictures as you feel like it. You don't have to be in them if you prefer not to be, just capture what's around you as a reminder every now and then of how great this world is and how blessed we are to be here.

I hope you have a wonderful summer, wherever and however you spend it.  

 {aruba} 

{aruba} 

xoxo, 

jami-lyn