3 Ways to Actually Unwind on Vacation

I don’t know about you but when our annual vacation week comes around I automatically become stressed…and by stressed I mean I go into freak out mode a bit.  

Maybe it’s the fact that not only do I have to figure out what exactly to pack for myself but I also have to pack for my two kids (and let’s be real, my husband).  Not to mention that I’m that girl that needs to clean her house from top to bottom just incase the alarm goes off and the cops come.  I am not the only one that does this…right? RIGHT?! 

Anyway, my point is that vacation is supposed to be relaxing but sometimes it’s just the opposite.  We scramble to pack.  We rush to get there.  We worry about fitting in all the things we have to do while we are there and all the while we forget to actually unwind…..which is the purpose of vacation after all, isn’t it?

So, when PopSugar sent me their latest Must Have Box right before I left for my annual family vacation I was pleased to find that it was full of everything I needed to make my stay away from home a little more relaxing.  Actually, a lot more relaxing so I just had to share.

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While I haven’t used these specific products before, it made me realize that I already happen to use similar ones to make my life simpler while traveling.  

So for what it’s worth, here are my quick tips on how to actually use them to unwind while you’re away.

Unwind on vacation with June's Popsugar Must Have Box essentials! They're no muss, no fuss products that actually let you enjoy your time away from home.

Disclaimer: PopSugar sent me this Must Have Box to try.


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Keep it low maintenance. 

I happen to be a low maintenance gal in general.  Even when I’m home I don’t fuss with my hair, I don’t wear much makeup and I rarely get to the salon to paint my nails.  When I’m on vacation, I like to look presentable but I’m also not going to put in any more effort than I have to in order to get ready so keeping my routine simple is key.  

Of course when you have a mane like a lion, that isn’t always easy (thank the heavens for dry shampoo) but using products like the ones found in the PopSugar Must Have Box makes it simple stupid.  

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The first trick is to steal your style from a mermaid which this box lets you do in a snap.   The Captain Blankenship Mermaid Sea Salt Hair Spray gives your hair that gorgeous wavy appearance with organic ingredients like aloe vera and sea kelp extract without it feeling gross and crunchy.  And you can forget dropping dough at the salon for your nails.  

We all know it’s a waste since they get all gross on the beach anyway but the NCLA So Rich Mermaid Tears help them from getting dried out from all the sand and chlorine with it’s vitamin E extract and sunflower seed oil blend that smells like sweet honeysuckle. 

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You can also keep it low maintenance but remain stylish by throwing on the Billabong Aloha Forever Trucker Hat which adds some sport to your style while keeping the sun out of your eyes.  

Keep it all safe and away from sand in this splash-proof Aloha Collection Mid-size Ocean Coco Palms Pouch.  Throw your mermaid hair spray and tears along with some snacks and your phone as you sit on the beach or by the pool.

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Dive into a beach read.

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As much as I love sharing the excitement of vacation on social media, I need a break from real life and there is not better way than getting lost in a good book.  This latest novel from Taylor Jenkin Reid titled The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo is one you can add to the list.  It’s full of emotional twists and turns, Hollywood glamour and intrigue making it the perfect escape from reality while you soak up some rays. 

Don’t let yourself get hangry.

There is nothing worse than being hangry (hunger causing anger) while you’re trying to relax.  Personally, I always like to keep a cup of coffee and some snacks by my side.  

PopSugar sent along some Belgian Boys Mini Cookie Stash mustache cookies (think of all the fun selfies you could take while munching away) and a Starbucks Frappuccino along with some Meri Meri Blue & White Party Straws to sip it with. 

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As you know, I am all about iced coffee (try my homemade Iced Protein Coffee) and easy portable snacks (like my Honey & Sea Salt Roasted Almonds) which would be a great dairy free and gluten free alternative the the ones mentioned above. 

Get your hands on this month’s PopSugar’s #MustHaveBox and save $5 with code SHOP5 (valid on first box only). 

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Annmarie is a self proclaimed foodie, avid long distance runner and functional fitness coach. A DVRT Master Trainer, HKC Instructor and food allergy sufferer, she writes about strength training for runners as well as shares allergy friendly recipes for busy athletes.   She is also the owner of Strength In Motion Studio, mother of two sassy sisters and wife to a chronically busy chiropractor.   Subscribe by email for updates to get the latest workouts, advice and recipes straight to your inbox!