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Summer Vacation Essentials

Vacations are awesome, but let’s face it, sometimes the transit to and from your destination can be far from a day at the beach. The good news is there are plenty of items you can pack in your travel bags to make the journey to your blissful summer getaway as stress-free and comfortable as possible.

Below are just a few of our travel must-haves for any warm-weather getaway:

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1. LAmade Convertible Tube Dress/ Maxi Skirtthe perfect multitasker to pack for warm destinations.

2. Ray-Ban Aviator Polarized Flash Lenses – a timeless pair of sunglasses that goes with everything? Yup, a total must.

3. Yosi Samra “Samara” Cap Toe Foldable Flats – the perfect shoe to carry around to give your feet a break from uncomfortable heels. Also great for getting in and out of the security lines!

4. San Diego Hat Company Mixed Braid Large Brim Floppy Hatthis blocks your face from the harsh sun AND covers up any hair woes!

5. Supergoop Everyday SPF 30 Sunscreena must for every day and especially when you’re out and about more than usual!

6. Herschel Supply Co. Packable Travel Tote Bag – for when you purchase more souvenirs than you anticipated!

7. Alternative “Relay” Raglan Hoodie – don’t get caught in a cold plane cabin without this versatile layering essential!

8. COOLA Suncare Liplux SPF 15 Vanilla Peppermint Lip Balm –airplane cabins are notoriously drying, so keep this handy in your bag at all times!

9. Eagle Creek Pack-It™ Sac Medium – keep all your travel essentials like snacks, chargers and medicine close at hand and all in one place.

10. Sam Edelman “Gigi” Sandals – this super-wearable sandal goes with everything!

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Comfort: Crocs Family Vacation Shoes

With spring break and vacation season in full swing, comfy summer shoes for the whole family is definitely top of mind. We love Crocs for all the obvious reasons, but seeing all their stylish new styles for spring/summer makes us love them even more—particularly for all those family getaways.

Below are our top picks for comfy, waterproof style:

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Women’s:

1. Leigh Wedge: All the comforts of Crocs, done on a charming wedge heel! Wear them with your maxi dresses for all-day style.

2. Jayna Sling-back: These darling flats are so comfy, you can wear them all day, even through a sudden spring downpour!

3. Above Deck Boat Shoe: This adorable boat shoe eliminates the need for socks. It looks fabulous with everything from shorts to cropped pants.

Men’s:

4. Duet Sport Clog: Perfect for sightseeing and walking through wet, uneven terrain.

5. Crosmesh Summer Shoe: Stylish enough to wear to dinner, but comfy enough for all-day wear.

6. Duet Athens flip flops: These are perfect for the pool, the beach, or just walking around town.

Girls’:

7. Duet Sport Clog: The classic Crocs clog done on a tough, treaded bottom. This shoe is ready for adventure.

8. Chameleons™ Color Changing Shirley: These darling sandals are dressy enough to wear with her favorite dress yet still works for the pool!

9. Hello Kitty Crocband:  Her favorite character on her favorite go-to clogs!

Boys’:

10. Caped Crusader™ Custom Clog: Channel his inner super hero!

11. Chameleons™ Color Changing Clog:  He’ll love wearing this fun morphing clog all day long.

12. Duet Sport Clog: Boys can be boys in this tough and rugged version of the Crocs classic.

*Add more fun to your kids' Crocs with fun Jibbitz™ characters!

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5 Kid-Friendly Beaches the Whole Family Will Love

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Thinking of a beach getaway for the family? Pack up the kids, some beach towels, beach toys,  swimsuits, and plenty of sunscreen and get ready for some memorable times on the shore this summer.

There are plenty of kid-friendly beaches across the country to explore! These beaches get an A+ for having amenities like restrooms and showers, good sand quality, kid-friendly waves*, and overall picturesque beauty. Here are just a few family-friendly beaches worth checking out this summer:

Coronado Beach, Coronado Island, California: With the historic Hotel Del Coronado as its backdrop, this wide stretch of beach makes it perfect for a family beach picnic. The little kids will enjoy building sandcastles while the older kids can play beach volleyball or rollerblade on the 15-mile pathway. There’s lots of free parking, restrooms, year-round lifeguards and showers. You can also enjoy a nice lunch in the hotel.

Poipu Beach, Kauai, Hawaii: Just west of Poipu Beach is a little protected cove aptly named “Baby Beach”. This is perfect place for young kids and babies to get their first taste of the ocean while being protected from the currents. There’s also a grassy park by the parking lot which is perfect for picnics.

Santa Cruz Beach, Santa Cruz, California: The kids will have a blast on the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk which features lots of rides, games and entertainment. The older kids can even learn to surf on Cowell’s Beach which usually has great conditions for beginners.

Siesta Beach, Siesta Key, Florida: The powdery white sand makes this beach one of the most beautiful beaches you’ll ever see. There’s a shaded picnic area and a playground for the kids, not to mention lots of family-friendly restaurants to choose from.

Ko’olina Beach Park, Oahu, Hawaii: Nestled in the west side of Oahu, this resort beach is home to the upscale Marriott Ihilani Resort and more recently, the Aulani Disney Resort. There is, however, a public-access section, so you don’t need to shell out big bucks to stay at the hotel or its many villas to enjoy the beach. There are three kid-friendly man-made lagoons that make up the beach area, each one protected by rock barriers. There are also several grassy and shaded picnic areas, lifeguards, restrooms and showers, making it convenient for parents and kids alike.

*constant adult supervision is a must at any beach.

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Summer Outdoor Vacation: Lafayette, LA

If you like nature, good food, and outdoor fun, then Lafayette, Louisiana may be just what you're looking for. This trendy outdoor destination has a flavor all its own. Enjoy Zydeco Bands, swamp tours, and more. And of course you can't take a trip to Louisiana without a taste test. All of your favorite outdoor activities come with an unforgettable experience that can only be had in Lafayette.

Canoeing, Boating, and Swamp Tours

Whether you're looking for a place to go canoeing or boating or want a more leisurely and scenic swamp tour, Lafayette has something to offer. Louisiana is famous for its swamp tours that creep through the swamplands in observation of natural habitats. Learn about native wildlife and plants by trolling through the swamps or by exploring a different route via boat or canoe. Kayaking and canoe tours and classes are available.

Outdoor Food

Ever tried crawfish fresh from the bottom of a Louisiana bayou? What about authentic and spicy Cajun or Mediterranean and French foods? Lafayette provides an abundant sampling of these and more. Culture is rich and someone's always cooking. Once you enjoy these fine foods straight from the source, you may never want to leave.

Birdwatching

Wetland birds can be some of the most beautiful in the country. Louisiana is home to many different species. Explore the nature trails and wetlands of Lafayette, Louisiana. Don't leave your camera or binoculars at home for this adventure.

Nature Conservancies and Trails

Lafayette boasts many nature trails for walking, biking, and birding. You can even do all three. Depending on the location, you may get to see exotic birds, such as Little Blue Herons and even snowy egrets. The Lake Martin Nature Conservancy is home to the herons and egrets and is also energy efficient.

Golf

Next time you swing that club for a round of golf, try doing it in the wetlands of Lafayette, LA. How's that for a unique golfing experience? Not only can you enjoy a great game, but it also earns you bragging rights when you return home to family and friends.