Our editor Meredith just jetted off on the ultimate island vacay: Bali. We couldn’t be more jealous of her exotic destination—the closest we’ve ever gotten is Eat, Pray, Love. All week, she’ll be exploring temples, lounging on white sand beaches, and eating plenty of spicy Indonesian food. The only perils? Heat, humidity, dehydration, and, oh yeah, getting sand in everything. Here are the team’s suggestions for what to take on an exotic adventure—whether it’s to Bali or beyond!
KOR Aura Water Bottle: ”When you’re traveling a long way, staying hydrated on the plane is critical. Over-spending at airport concession stands, however, is not. That’s why I’d recommend packing a reusable bottle in your carry on. Just don’t fill the bottle until you’ve passed security!” -Caroline
Echo Design Clear Case: “While I don’t expect it to be a problem for Mer (she’s very responsible), I’ve learned the hard way that beaches and iPads and iPhones don’t always mix. That’s why I sent her off with these super-cute clear cases. You can actually use your gadgets while they’re safely inside!” -Rachel
COOLA Tinted Matte SPF 30: “The sun poses a threat to beach-faring girls of every skin tone. I’d recommend this organic mineral sunscreen from COOLA for the traveler far afield—it has a sheer beige tint and replaces foundation. What jet-setter can turn down a two-in-one?” -Mai
Comodyne’s Self-Tanning Intensive: “Meredith is equal parts sunscreen fanatic and self-tanner aficionado. She’s going to look 20 years old when she’s 60 but she really appreciates a good fake tan. I’m sure she threw a few of these foolproof tanning wipes in her bag to keep her color from fading half-way through her vacation.” -Lorelei
For more travel recommendations, check out our Top 4 In-Flight Tips Video (featuring Meredith herself!)