’Tis the time of year for getaway season, when we escape the still-too-cold weather here at the shore and head to more tropical temps. The months of March through May offer an opportune time to escape before the shore visitors arrive come Memorial Day.
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One of the most exciting parts of vacay planning is, of course, shopping for new swimwear, cute outfits and ’Gram-worthy accessories that will rival that of the fabulous destination you visit. But, as they say, getting there is part of the journey, and preparing for the travel day is equally as important.
Here are a few key essentials that are guaranteed to help make the travel experience almost as fun as the destination itself!
Rule numero uno for the experienced traveler: whether traveling by land, air or sea, you need to bring the right tools along. And, especially when traveling by plane, a great pair of noise-cancelling headphones are an absolute must. Gone are the days when you needed the oversized nightclub deejay headset to eliminate the ambient sounds of sneezing Sally, the loud talker and the crying baby. These lightweight Bose QuietControl wireless headphones allow you to set the noise cancellation level to your liking, offering the ultimate in relaxation and comfort without missing important boarding and in-flight announcements. And no worries about losing power en route, you can fly to Rome without having to recharge, as the Lithium battery lasts up to 10 hours per charge.
BOSE QuietControl | $299 | Best Buy in Mays Landing
Layers are key when traveling by plane, especially because of the temperatures shifts that tend to happen mid-flight. A great scarf is a perfect accessory to keep you looking chic and fabulous, and most importantly, comfy and warm. And what’s even better about this beauty is its secret pocket that allows you easy on-board access to a few key essentials like your phone, passport, hand lotion and lip gloss.
Women’s Chevron Infinity Scarf Wrap (with zipper pocket) | on sale for $11.99 | shown in Teal, but available in six colors as well as other patterns via Amazon.com
Whether you are heading to the West Indies, Paris or an African safari, you must be prepared with the proper AC plugs that fit into the destination’s electrical outlets — because let’s face it, we may be in vacation mode, but we need our devices juiced up and at the ready for some fabulous photo ops and fashion posts.
For travel bugs, one of the best investments is this World Travel Adapter Kit by Apple, that comes equipped with seven plugs that fit into different electrical outlets around the world. The kit is designed to charge up iPods, iPhones and iPads, as well as the power adapters for MAC laptops.
Apple World Travel Adaptor Kit | $29 | Apple store, Atlantic City Boardwalk
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Whether you are headed out on a long flight or opting for a short trip, entertainment is key. From a good book to the hottest movie releases, nothing is better than having your iPad in tow, with everything you need at your fingertips. The latest version of the mini offers the ultimate performance capabilities in the most compact, lightweight version yet — perfect for travel.
iPad Mini | Prices vary depending on model | Best Buy in Mays Landing
The best travel shoes are equal parts comfy and cute. We often associate Uggs as the quintessential cold-weather comfort shoe, but these slip-ons are the perfect spring and summer travel kick. Boasting a breathable knit fabric and available in a host of fun colors, these espadrilles also offer orthopedic-friendly cushioned soles.
UGG Women’s Sammy Fashion Sneaker | Prices vary depending on size and color | Amazon.com