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    27 Products Reviewers Swear By For Going On Vacation In A Warm Climate

    Including a hair serum that'll prevent frizz without losing your curls, a beach pillow with a hidden pocket for your valuables, and your new holy grail sunscreen.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    The coronavirus pandemic is still impacting travel, and destinations around the world have different COVID-19 restrictions in place. Always check and adhere to local government policies as you're planning any future trips.

    Unless otherwise specified, all sizes in this post are listed in women’s.

    1. A talc-free sweat-absorbing powder to calm and cool any areas where sweat pools. It's long lasting and made with calamine, an ingredient that can help reduce irritation and dry sweat.

    Promising review: "Took this to Florida for a Disney vacation. It saved my thighs and under-boobs! Only had to put it on in the morning didn't have to reapply. Worth the money and better then plain baby powder." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    2. A portable neck fan so you can always keep your cool. It's *checks phone* really damn hot outside, so I don't think I'm really out of line here by saying that you'll be kissing my sweaty feet when I tell you it has seven powerful fan blades and three fan speeds. It's both battery-operated and USB rechargeable, and runs for 3–12 hours depending on the fan speed.

    Promising review: "Just got back from vacation in Orlando, Florida in August. This fan was a godsend! One charge lasted in the parks all day. There are three speeds and the highest speed kept me nice and cool! Definitely recommend." —Erika L.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99+ (available in four colors).

    3. A cruelty-free lengthening mascara because you don't want to look at vacation photos and realize you look like a raccoon. This one is lightweight, won't transfer, doesn't smudge, and lasts all day. Consider your expectations exceeded!

    before and after showing the mascara made their light lashes visible and lengthened
    Reviewer showing off their fluffy, full-looking lashes

    Promising review: "Love, love, love this mascara! Easy, one-coat application. Goes on clean with one good swipe. Stays on all day with no smudges or flakes. It's thick, and looks luxurious on my lashes. And it stays on, even on my tropical vacation!" —Barb Beezley

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    4. A magical sand-sifting mat if you think it ~shore~ is annoying when you're at the beach and your blanket is covered in sand. It's large enough to fit the family, and durable, quick-drying, and water-resistant.

    Overhead shot of the mat with two people sitting on it and plenty of room for their stuff

    Promising review: "This mat was great to have while we were on the beach for a week. It can get a little messy if you have a lot of wet sand on the blanket; it won't fall all the way through, which truly was the only problem we ran into with this blanket. I'm so glad I bought this for our beach trips. We will use it every year!" —amandaleighb

    Get it from Amazon for $64.99+ (available in sizes S–XL and two colors).

    5. A Bioré SPF 50 sunscreen that'll protect your skin without feeling like it's clogging your pores. A good sunscreen is a skincare must every day — even when you're on vacation.

    Promising review: "I purchased this before a trip to Aruba and I am glad I did. I pretty much just used this on my face and neck. It is really great, particularly if you have sensitive skin (like me). It is kind of like you are not wearing anything at all, but it really does work quite well." —Karl Hafer Jr.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.48.

    Check out my coworker's Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence SPF 50 review for more deets! 

    6. An anti-chafing balm for swiping anywhere your clothes rub. It creates a moisture-repelling layer on your skin (without ever feeling greasy!) that protects against blisters, irritation, and chafing when your running, hiking, biking, or just trying to exist in the world as a sweaty person.


    Promising review: "I started looking for something for thigh chafing after running into a few issues (not fun), and I read about a few options. Body Glide fell to the top of each list. I bought it and it was fantastic. No rubbing, no issue. And it is super easy to use — just slide it on like you'd use deodorant. I give it a few good swipes on any area that may even think about touching and I'm done. And it is light as a feather and leaves no residue. It was so light that I actually thought that it would not work as I was expecting some slippery substance, but...not the case. And I have taken this Body Glide on the ULTIMATE test: a vacation to Mexico where chaffing thighs become both me and my husband's problem due to the constant wet skin and the constant walking. So we both used it on a hike in a Mexican jungle. I just knew this would fail me. I was sweating, my things were sweating, my husband was sweating. I was expecting to have the stuff just wear off from the sweat and all the walking, but NOPE! It stayed on. I even took a dip in a waterfall and it was still on to take me back to the beach. Neither one of us had any problems and my husband was equally impressed. He said we weren't ever going on a vacation again without it. LOL! So I absolutely recommend this product. Try it, you will not be disapointed!" —SweetPea

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    7. And a set of anti-chafing thigh bands to prevent a case of angry, sweaty, chafing thighs. You should be able to go about your fun vacation adventures without your body attacking itself., Amazon

    Promising review: "I hate wearing Spanx-like things because they’re so restrictive and hot and uncomfortable. I bought these with fingers crossed and they did not disappoint. They stay in place and they protect your thighs from getting angry at each other. They work so well that while on vacation in Las Vegas in 106 degrees, I walked for hours in these. They stayed put and my inner thighs now love me. They work so well that I’m actually on vacation now in my hotel room and thought, 'I really need to look back in my purchases from two years ago, find this product I bought and write a review on them.' Hand to god. Buy them. You won’t regret it!" —Denise I

    Get them from Amazon for $18.95+ (available in sizes S–3XL and 17 styles).

    8. A pair of water-ready Teva sandals so your footwear can keep up with all your outdoorsy activities.

    reviewer wearing the flipflops, which have a black footbed and sage green crisscrossing straps

    FYI, these are included in Prime Wardrobe so you can give them a trial run if you're a member!

    Promising review: "I'm so glad I bought these sandals! I wore them for vacation in Disney World, which means a solid week of walking around and standing in lines, and they were so comfortable! Easily the best shoes I have ever worn on a Disney vacation. My feet were not achy, chafed, or sore at all. I brought my trusty Crocs as a backup but didn't wear them at all because these were so cushiony and less sweaty than Crocs — and much more stylish, too! I wore them around all day with my shorts and T-shirts and even wore them a couple of times with a knit dress to a nice dinner. Highly recommend!" —Saralyn

    Get them from Amazon for $21.21+ (available in sizes 5–12 and 21 colors).

    9. Or a pair of double buckle sandals because they'll fool everyone into thinking you shelled out the big bucks for the real version. Reviewers say the padded and contoured footbed will mold to your feet so every step is pain-free. Plus, they're waterproof so you can wear them to the beach or lake without worrying that the they'll get ruined.,

    Promising review: "I bought these for a 10-day vacation in the Dominican Republic. They were very comfortable with no break-in period. I didn’t get any blisters and I bought the white ones. They washed clean with dish soap and a Mr. Clean magic eraser. Love them!" —BAILEY BAKER

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes 6–11 and 48 colors and styles).

    10. A beach pillow with built-in storage if you want to relax at the beach but every time you close your eyes you imagine someone stealing your stuff. Hide your valuables inside this handy beach pillow (which comes with a carrying strap) and zone out to the sounds of your fave true crime podcast. There's even a headphone port so you can listen to your tunes while your phone is *inside* the pillow, protected from the elements.

    Model lying on the yellow wedge pillow
    three wedge pillows on the beach with the storage compartment open holding a bottle of sunscreen, headphones, and keys
    The Grommet

    Bruce Moorehead wanted to create a travel pillow that would work in any terrain — and so the LA Wedge was born!

    Promising review: "I took the pillow on vacation and was able to put keys and an iPod in the compartment to protect from the sand. It is also very comfortable. Again, brilliant." —Sheila

    Get it from The Grommet for $23.99+ (available in eight colors).

    11. A pack of paw protection cream that'll guard against scorching hot sidewalks and sand in the summer, and ice and salt in the winter. It's made with vitamin E to keep the paw pads moisturized, but some reviewers use it on their dry, cracked heels as well as their tattoos.

    before photo of a dog's dry black paw pads next to a photo of the same dog's pads looking dark black and moisturized after the balm was applied

    Promising review: "Immediate difference in the texture of my dog's pads, plus she didn’t mind me doing the application. She actually seems to enjoy it. We traveled through the Southwest with some pretty hot areas and she was fine. I love this product" —rose yeskie

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    12. A satin-lined sleep cap that'll protect your hair from new environmental stressors as well as extend the life of your style.

    model with thick curly hair wearing the taupe-colored cap, which looks like a beanie

    Grace Eleyae is Black woman-owned business!

    Promising review: "This is a great cap and the price is reasonable for the quality. I use mostly for night, but it's very stylish and can be worn out. It's a little big for my head so it sometimes slips a bit while I'm sleeping, but I don't like things too tight on my head so I don't mind. It's very comfortable. Sometimes my head gets a little warm with it on, but mostly fine. I noticed my hair was feeling more dried out sleeping on my regular pillow. This has helped my hair not feel so dry in the morning and smoother when I brush it. I used it on a trip recently where the humidity was very high and my hair didn't frizz like it usually does. Very pleased and have already given it as a gift." —anonymous

    Get it from Amazon $19.99 (available in four colors).

    13. A John Frieda serum to ~mane-tain~ your smooth, shiny style no matter the weather. Get you a serum that can protect against damage from heat-styling tools, resist frizz, hydrate hair, tame flyaways, and smooth strands.

    Promising review: "Adds shine to my curls and keeps my hair frizz free. Bought this to travel to El Salvador. This helped my curls in the extremely humid weather." —Gaby

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    14. A portable mini dehumidifier so the humidity doesn't follow you indoors. This lightweight and compact machine removes up to nine ounces of water each day in rooms up to 215 square feet.

    The white and blue dehumidifier

    My coworker Brittany Gibson swears by this thing. In her own words:

    "I personally use this dehumidifier in my bathroom and I can definitely confirm that it works. I honestly didn't think my bathroom was that humid but this thing filled up with water within a few hours and it was honestly shocking (and sort of satisfying???). Plus, it's super cute and small so you can fit it pretty much anywhere."

    Promising review: "We bought this for our RV and our vacation in humid Florida. It worked as described and helped keep our small trailer humidity levels down. We diffidently noticed the difference. Great price and easy to use. I didn't even need to read the instructions!!" —Michael G.

    Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

    15. A pair of Dickies moisture-wicking crew socks because getting a blister in sweaty, soggy socks a quarter of the way through your 5-mile hike is no bueno.

    reviewer wearing light gray socks that say dickies across the toe

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!   

    Promising review: "Perfect for hiking on our trip to Costa Rica. Kept my feet really dry and comfy. Were a bit snug at first but they stretch when worn and become comfy. I wanted dry feet in the jungle and that’s what these did!" —Candice Lowe

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.93 (available in sizes 5–13 and in a variety of color combinations).

    16. A stunning ruffle V-neck one-piece if the most exciting part of any tropical vacation is picking out your outfits. This swimsuit is the cherry on top of your beach vacay wardrobe.

    Reviewer wearing the white and floral version
    A reviewer with a big bust wearing the blue floral version

    Promising review: "This bathing suit is soooo comfortable. Loved the front ruffles and thick material. I'm currently considering in getting it in other colors. I was so skeptical to buy from this brand because I wasn't sure it would fit, but it did! I absolutely loved it. It was perfect for our Cancun vacations." —Anna M.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 18 colors; this is a super cute plus-size option as well).

    17. A Revlon hot air brush that'll help you go from wet, tangled, frizzy hair to a shiny, salon-worthy blowout in minutes. It replaces both your hair dryer and your round brush (because you don't have room to pack both!), and reviewers say it keeps their hair looking smooth and slick even in maximum humidity.

    Reviewer who has straightened hair of their tight curly hair with the hot air brush
    Another reviewer with natural curly hair
    The same reviewer with their hair straightened with the hot air brush

    The brush has special vents that allow air to flow so hair dries faster. Plus, it's quicker than using a dryer and then a flat iron or curling iron, which equals less heat damage.

    Promising review: "I was traveling with a friend in a humid place and realized curls would not work there! I borrowed her amazing Revlon dryer brush and it worked fast and easy and my hair was shiny smooth in a jiffy! I came home and ordered one ASAP!" —Schannon

    Get it from Amazon for $41.98+ (available in five colors).

    18. A Cantu curl activator cream for anyone who wants to go heat-free this vacation but doesn't want the humidity to deflate their curls.,

    Promising review: "Like others with curly hair in high humidity, my hair goes immediately to 'frizz'! I have tried so many different products to keep out the frizz and define the curls. This is the ONLY product that has worked. I am on my third bottle and have traveled in tropical countries and it works like a dream! I highly recommend it." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.66.

    19. A Stila waterproof eyeliner to create precise and dramatic wings that won't budge through humidity, sweat, and tears.

    Close-up of reviewer's eye makeup showing how nicely and precisely the eyeliner can be applied

    Promising review: "So I'm a bit of an eyeliner expert and I've tried everything! Literally...everything from high end to drugstore and ladies and gentlemen...this is the winner. It truly does stay all day! I wore this eyeliner to Disney World on a family vacation in June. And if you've never been to Florida in June, let me tell you it's HOT! Almost 100% humidity every day and 95 degrees each day as well! I would be outside all day in line in direct sun, sweating my butt off and this did not budge! My sister even asked me how I found time to reapply my eyeliner throughout the day! I was so pleased to tell her I had not reapplied even once! For me that was the true test! Over all, this will stay and has great pigmentation! Easy thin felt tip so it's easy to apply even if you're not skilled with liquid eye liner! Buy it! You wont regret it!" —Danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $16.50 (available in eight shades and three styles).

    20. A LifeStraw so you have peace of mind when traveling without access to clean water. It's designed to eliminate 99% of waterborne bacteria and certain parasites, and it filters contaminants as small as 0.2 microns. Plus! Each LifeStraw will last long enough to effectively strain 1,000 gallons of water.

    Model using the straw to drink dirty pond water

    Promising review: "My mom planned a trip to visit my grandmother who lives in the country side of Mexico. My mom was worried about the drinking water since all they have access too is a well. Normally when we travel to Mexico we only drink bottled water but because my grandmother lived two hours away from a place that sold filtered water, I told my mom about the LifeStraw option.
    My mom was going to be using the straw for a month so I bought this two-pack thinking she was going to use both. She only took one and the straw worked the entire time she was there. She did not get sick and she had access to fresh water because of the straw. It's a little big but worth using if you do not want to get sick from an unfiltered water source." —Godzilla

    Get it from Amazon for $14.83.

    21. A DEET-free plant-based insect repellent because it provides hours of protection from pesky mosquitoes and ticks without leaving behind a greasy film.

    person holding bottle

    Promising review: "We used it during our vacation in Cancun, Mexico. I love it. Sprayed it every day when we went out, especially when we did excursions off site from our resort. Didn't get any bug bites on this trip. The scent is nice as well. Not too strong. Highly recommended" —Virginia

    "I bought this for my three-week family vacation to Cambodia. I followed the instructions and it WORKS! I was out and about every day and was in the countryside a lot visiting family. The scent is not bad either. Will buy again if I ever go to Southeast Asia or camping in general." —Brie

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    22. And a bug bite suction tool if, for some reason, you're exceptionally attractive to mosquitoes. It's designed to actually suck out venom, saliva, and irritants on your skin that may be causing swelling and itching.

    You can also use it to treat bites from bees, wasps, biting flies, no-see-ums, chiggers, and sea lice.

    Promising review: "I have always suffered so badly from mosquito bites. For some reason they love me and I get more bites than the average person. I get giant welts that itch for days that most anti-itch creams don’t even help. Itching turns them into open wounds, and I even have some scars from some old bites. I saw a post on Facebook about 'The Bug Bite Thing' and I bought it on Amazon as a last resort. It was one of the first things I packed for my vacation in the Dominican Republic. I am absolutely in love with this product! It is the first thing I’ve used that stops the itch permanently! The first picture is when I felt the mosquito bite itching; it is just half of what becomes of the welt. The second photo is immediately after using The Bug Bite Thing. The third photo is five hours later, it left me a little red ring around it but that’s nothing compared to what I would’ve suffered from and it does not itch at all. I am so happy I found this product. Ive even used it on my children ages 2 and 7. I highly recommend this product!" —Angelo

    Get it from Amazon for $9.95 (also available in black).

    23. An Etude House drying powder that'll help control your skin's oil production and keep your face from looking greasy. You can also apply it to your hair (make sure you dust off the residue) so your roots look freshly washed.

    Reviewer's three comparison photos without powder and with

    Some reviewers apply it before their makeup while others find it works best on top of their foundation. You may need to experiment to find the right order for you.

    Promising review: "I live in South Texas and the humidity here is no joke. During the summer (May–September) my face gets so oily and shiny and my makeup breaks down on my face. I have tried matte primers and setting spray but nothing made even a little difference. I think I ordered this after reading a BuzzFeed review and now it is never out of reach. I don’t even keep it in my makeup bag, it goes in my purse. If I am very active during the day I sometimes need a small reapplication, but my face looks so much better and my makeup stays put. My husband and I took a trip to South Padre Island recently and usually sun + sunscreen = ultra shiny but I applied this over the sunscreen and I stayed nice and matte while still protecting my skin from sunburn and I have to say this product is amazing." —R. Rael

    Get it from Amazon for $5.93.

    24. A hair repair serum with hydrating argan oil, aloe vera, and vitamin E for restoring moisture to your hair after long days in the damaging sun.

    Reviewer before and after showing the serum made their hair softer and less frizzy

    Promising review: "Finally a product I can pile on my hair after a day in the sun and salt water that brings it back to life. It's silky smooth and makes my curls pop. I just took it on a trip to Bonaire where I was diving three times a day and I swear it was only thing that made it so I could run a comb through my hair at end of day. I would recommend this product for sure." —JamieInTheSky

    "I have always had curly and frizzy hair and this product really smooths the frizz without straightening the curls. It even kept my hair frizz-free on a recent trip to Hawaii, where it is very humid. It has a really nice fragrance too! A must try for managing frizz." —Kathy

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    25. A waterproof phone pouch to ensure you get the best underwater pictures without ruining your phone. *Ring ring* Hello? It's National Geographic asking if they can use your travel photos.

    An image of a turtle taken underwater

    Promising review: "We purchased these to take on vacation with us to Mexico so that we wouldn't have to buy those cheap underwater disposable cameras. I was a little nervous about putting my $600 iPhone in it, but after reading reviews, I figured it would be worth a shot. We did the recommended paper towel test at home first with no leaks, and then took the plunge with it in the ocean. It kept my iPhone dry the whole week! I didn't even have to take off my OtterBox Commuter case for it to fit, so it was DOUBLY safe! We took it everywhere in the Joto (better safe than sorry, so we left it on everywhere we went) and never once worried about the phone getting ruined. I was amazed that such an inexpensive product would work so well! The phone won't register your finger on the screen underwater, either, so you have to use the volume buttons to take photos on an iPhone (just FYI). Overall, though, I was very pleased with the purchase!" —Beth Gandy

    Get it from Amazon for $6.79+ (available in 14 colors).

    Check out my colleague's review of this waterproof phone pouch for more deets!

    26. A clinical-strength antiperspirant so you can focus on having fun instead of worrying about whether other people in your tour group will notice your excessive sweating. This roll-on contains 12% aluminum chloride, a compound that blocks sweat, so you can enjoy up to 72 hours of protection from endless sweat.

    The roll-on tube
    Reviewer wearing the antiperspirant showing it didn't leave behind sweat stains on their shirt

    Promising review: "I sweat when/where no one else does. The slightest stressor instantly signals my pits into sweat production, so I’m constantly nervous about being moist and being moist makes me nervous. Planning for many sleeveless ensembles, I bought this to try for a trip to Costa Rica. After hiking through the rainforest, trekking up and down to waterfalls, and strolling through a greenhouse (all in the midst of monsoon season), my pits where the driest they’ve ever been! I excitedly requested my spouse feel them for affirmation. Yep, like DRY dry!" —Christopher

    Get it from Amazon for $5.67.

    27. An inflatable lounge chair because it's big enough to sit multiple people comfortably yet it takes up barely any weight — just 2.65 pounds to be exact — in your camping backpack. Inflating it will take a little bit of getting used to (basically, you have to run around to fill it with air), but it'll stay inflated for at least five to six hours.

    reviewer laying in purple inflated chair

    Promising review: "These super-easy-to-inflate air loungers made our beach days so much more comfortable during our last vacation! This was especially true for the older participants in our group who were much more comfortable spending the day on the sand than they would have otherwise been. 10/10 from our whole family! It was easy to fold them up at the end of the day, back into their little carry bags, which are about the size of a larger lunch box. We forgot to try floating them, but we’ll do that next time!" —Darcy M. Noricks

    Get it from Amazon for $38.98+ (available in 16 colors).

    You thriving on your next vacation:


    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity. 

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