Summer adventurers, here’s some important advice: How you pack and prepare for a vacation can make or break your entire travel experience. After all, realizing you’ve forgotten something essential or not achieving your dream vibes for a trip may sour your mood—which you’d like to avoid at all costs.

To ensure a smooth sailing adventure for your next summer trip, we’re here to help you with a checklist of travel essentials, practical finds, and other bonus cool stuff to prepare for your vacation. Elevate the fun in every moment with these summer travel finds, which you can delightfully score with discounted prices and deals by shopping from the SM Malls Online app or redeeming Swipe coupons.

Read on to find out more!

A strong but non-sticky sunscreen


Here’s the first and most important rule to any outdoor summer adventure: Always bring and wear sunscreen to protect yourself from harmful UV rays. For the best sun protection without compromising comfort, go for a strong but non-sticky one like Garnier Bright Complete Super UV Matte Sunscreen.

This travel essential is enriched with Vitamin C and SPF 50+/PA++++ to optimize sun protection while brightening your skin for the perfect summer glow. Given the hot and humid weather, its non-sticky and non-greasy formula doesn’t feel heavy on your skin. Plus, it’s good for all skin types and produces a stunning matte finish that looks good with or without makeup.

Get the Garnier Bright Complete Super UV Matte Sunscreen now at Watsons in SM Malls nationwide with a Swipe Coupon.

Spacious travel bag for your essentials


Save yourself from the struggle of carrying multiple bags by opting for a spacious suitcase like Surplus Shop’s Mini Luggage for your next trip. Its portable size and light weight are perfect for hand-carrying during travel, and it even has an elastic garter strap that can easily be attached to your trolley luggage.

This suitcase’s scratch-proof and water-resistant material also ensures the safe and secure storage of your travel essentials, while its anti-slip handle and inner zip compartment bring more comfort and allow better organization of your items.

Score the Mini Luggage - Gray at 40% off for only P599 (originally P999) at Surplus Shop via the SM Malls Online app.

A bag in your bag for neater storage


Small items like makeup and skincare essentials can easily get lost in the pile of stuff inside your travel bag. To keep everything neat and easy to find, store them in compact organizers like the Miniso Solid Color Rectangular Woven Cosmetic Bag instead.

Made of high-quality woven polyester, this cosmetic bag combines durability with an elegant style. It is also easy to clean and doesn’t take up too much space in your bag, so you can enjoy neater storage without hassle.

Enjoy an exclusive 10% discount on the Miniso Solid Color Rectangular Woven Cosmetic Bag (Pink), now available for only P116.10 (originally P129) from Miniso when you order via the SM Malls Online app.

A space-saving water container


Instead of tumblers and water jugs that can take up lots of space in your luggage, bring a foldable container like this Trail Running 1L Water Bladder instead. This BPA-free container can carry up to 1L of drinks and has a wide opening for easy refills, which is perfect for staying constantly hydrated during summer outings and outdoor adventures. Its bite valve with an On/Off closure also ensures leak-proof storage, even when moving from place to place or engaging in fun summer activities like hiking and biking.

Get the Trail Running 1L Water Bladder at 29% off from Decathlon in SM City Fairview.

Fun floaties to upgrade your next swim


Add more fun to your next swimming trip with floaties like the Intex Donut Swim Ring, which brings sweet summer vibes with its colorful design that kids and kids at heart will surely enjoy. This pool inflatable is made of durable vinyl plastic and supports up to 80kg maximum weight capacity, so you can simply lay back and lounge in the water without any worries.

Get the Intex Donut Swim Ring at 33% off for P300 (originally P449) when you present a Swipe coupon at Toy Kingdom in SM Malls nationwide.

Stylish sunglasses with summer vibes


Complete your summer OOTD with the season’s ultimate accessory: sunglasses. If you’re looking for the perfect pair, stylish selections at Shields Sunglasses have you covered with various frames, lens colors, and designs that you can easily mix and match with any summer look.

Aside from being fashionable, each pair of Shields Sunglasses can protect your eyes from hazards like impact, dust, and UV rays—making it even more perfect for outdoor summer adventures,

Score a P170 discount on any Shields Sunglasses, which are available for only P390 when you present a Swipe coupon at Executive Optical every Monday to Thursday from March 1 to May 31. Download the SM Malls Online app now to claim your coupon.

… And of course, your best summer look!

Aside from your outfits and makeup, your hair plays a great role in your summer look. To make your beautiful locks look and feel healthy and lustrous, try getting a Kera-Protein Treatment at T&J Professionals before heading on your summer trip. This hair treatment helps strengthen your hair and keeps it moisturized so it looks effortlessly smooth and silky throughout your next summer vacation.


Get a free Kera-Protein Treatment when you avail of any hair service (like a haircut!) at T&J Professionals from March 1 to May 31. Simply redeem a Swipe coupon from the SM Malls Online app to enjoy this deal.