You’ve Gotta Have These Items in Your Luggage this Summer

I have a few new things I’m really obsessed with and love sharing with you guys what I’m into. I did a similar post about my favorite beach things last year and wanted to do something similar this year. I have some upcoming trips that I didn’t know about even a few months ago and I’m already thinking about what I’ll pack for them from my stuff in India, and what I’ll buy in the US before them. Here are some of my faves & helpful summer packing tips.

Zoya Whispers

These are one thing I really want to get while I”m back. I’m so obsessed with Zoya lately, while I used to be with OPI and love these soft colors. I love natural looking ones and wear a lot of gray, tan, white, and light pink so these are a nice subtle option.



Ray-Ban Sunnies

Ben got some Wayfarers for his birthday some time back and I really liked them. They are unisex so I also got a pair. The Clubmaster are also unisex. They are the perfect everyday sunglasses and the polarized lens is perfect for driving with. I like them because they are classic and not too over the top like most pairs are lately- although I like those too.

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L*Space Bikinis

I have just recently gotten two more L*Space bikinis that I just LOVE. They are really soft and really durable. The green one I got 4 years ago, I still wear for surfing and water sports because they stay put when you do adventurous things. I have the Jamie top & Estelle bottom in Creamsicle and the Byrdie strapless top & Monique itsy bottom which area reversible dark blue or light teal. You can mix and match so many style and colors. Definitely, my favorite bikini brand… and I have SO many to choose from haha.

l*space palm beach florida

Packing for Vegas in a carry-on Calpak

New Luggage from Calpak

I love this luggage, although it’s Ben’s not mine. I think I might have to steal it! It is affordable but a really trendy company from California (hence the name, CalPak, being short for California). It’s also eco-friendly! I have the Davis which is pictured below. Okay, BEN has it. haha.

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Sun Bum

I can’t get enough of Sun Bum! I use their face stick constantly and cannot go on a trip without it. I used to not wear sunscreen and a lot of that reason was because I hated the feeling on my hands after I put it on at the beach. The stick is a lifesaver, actually maybe literally! I also use their haircare and other sunscreen products.

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Miracle 10

I always stock on a few things in the US when I am home and Miracle 10 is one of them. Two big bottles can last me a whole year. I also take the other stuff in this photo (the shoes I mention below!)

miracle 10

Reef flip flops

I love my Reef tan leather flip flops. I actually have a lot of their shoes and wore their tennies while I was touring the parks in Disney. They are so comfortable. They have great arch support. The flip flops are the only brand that can last a year in India!

best travel shoe


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About the Author:

Rachel Jones left a career in nursing and lived on the beaches of Goa, India for the five years. Now she lives in Mexico where she gives advice on the 40+ countries she’s visited in the last 10 years. She’s the author of two India travel e-books: Guide to India and Insider’s Guide to Goa. Her blog, Werkenntwen, like its name, is a contradiction combining off-beat adventurous places with glamorous and bespoke travel. Werkenntwen has been featured in ELLE, Marie Claire, Grazia, and Cosmopolitan magazines. She’s a writer for Bravo TV.


  1. Laura July 26, 2016 at 1:13 am - Reply

    Your bikinis are always SO cute. Will definitely be checking out L* Space!

    • Rachel Jones July 26, 2016 at 7:14 am - Reply

      Thanks Laura! They are so comfy! been wearing them for years now.

  2. Francesco Cunsolo July 26, 2016 at 6:35 am - Reply

    I just go to nudist resorts, that way packing is simple when I only travel with a carry on. I like your shoe advice that’s what I do..

  3. Sonja Riemenschneider July 29, 2016 at 7:23 pm - Reply

    I got a pair of Ray Ban Wayfarers a couple years ago and they are the best! Definitely the best pair of sunglasses I’ve had.

    • Rachel Jones July 30, 2016 at 6:26 am - Reply

      I know and because they are pricey I’m much more careful with them :)

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