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Our Universal Packing List lists everything, from clothing to toiletries and entertainment options, that you may need for any trip anywhere. However, sometimes, a generic packing list isn't enough to cover all your needs. The world of travel is constantly evolving, and so are the items we need to pack for our journeys. And as the Earth's temperature rises, having a meticulously prepared packing list for sun protection essentials is more crucial than ever.

Whether you're planning an adventure to the golden beaches of the Caribbean or exploring the wonders of Greece, the importance of comprehensive sun protection cannot be overstated. To ensure you're well-prepared for your sunny adventures, here are five sun protection essentials you must consider for your next trip.

UPF clothing

lady sailingclothing offers superior sun protection

Unlike regular clothing, UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) clothing offers superior sun protection and moisture-wicking properties. This clothing uses tightly woven fabrics with a high-density weave to ensure that you can enjoy your outdoor activities without compromising your skin's health.

Solbari's UPF50+-rated clothing, sun hats, and accessories can provide the ultimate protection for sun-drenched destinations like Australia's Gold Coast. Their sun protective clothing shields you from up to 98% of UV rays, and the brand offers an array of stylish options, ensuring you stay safe and look good while doing so.


girl with sunglasses at the beachsunnies reduce glare and protect your eyes

When selecting the perfect pair of shades, look for lenses that provide 100% UVA and UVB protection. For destinations with glaring sunshine and water activities, like the pristine beaches of the Maldives, the Prizm lenses in Oakley sunglasses are a top choice.

The polarisation reduces glare and protects your eyes from the sun's harmful rays, ensuring you can enjoy the waves without compromising your vision.

Otherwise, choose designs that can cover the sensitive skin around your eyes. Wrap-around styles are an effective and popular option, with Oakley's Hydra and Sutro among the brand's best-selling products.

Reef safe sunscreen

man with sunscreen on his backsunscreen protects your skin from UV radiation

Ensuring your sun protection routine is environmentally friendly is essential, especially when travelling to eco-sensitive destinations like the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Thus, while regular sunscreen can be enough to help protect your skin from UV radiation, opt for reef-safe sunscreen instead to help you also protect your surrounding environment.

Sunscreen brand Australian Gold took the necessary steps to exclude oxybenzone and octinoxate in their sunscreen. These are known to harm coral reefs and have already been banned in many coastal cities. Opt for similar formulas to protect your skin and the environment.


lady with a sun umbrellaUmbrellas offer elegant sun protection

Umbrellas can be a game-changer for sunny escapades, offering total yet elegant sun protection. The umbrellas by Sunbella, developed by registered nurse Jillian Intini, who has 35 years of experience in skin cancer, are UPF50+ rated to protect skin from up to 98% of UV rays. They are also designed to be lightweight and wind-resistant, so you can stroll through the sunlit canals and cobblestone streets in the romantic city of Venice without worrying about sunburn.

Water bottle

girl on the beach with a water bottleStaying hydrated helps your skin

Staying hydrated helps your skin maintain its natural barrier, keeping it healthy and protected against sun damage. Thus, a seemingly simple item like a water bottle can actually play a crucial role in your sun protection routine. In sunny destinations like the arid landscapes of Arizona's Grand Canyon, where dehydration can be a significant concern, staying well-hydrated is essential for your skin's health. Sunburn can draw moisture away from your skin, so drinking water can replace your lost body fluids and help your sunburn heal more quickly. Carry a reusable water bottle to ensure you have access to hydration throughout your explorations.

Incorporating these sun protection essentials into your packing list will ensure your skin's well-being and enhance your overall travel experience. Safe travels, and enjoy your sunny adventures to the fullest!



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