Depending on your plans you are most likely renting a vacation place or are arranging a stay at a hotel or resort. But, what if your destination isn’t quite as seductive as the advertising promises? How do you salvage your romantic rendezvous? I’m going to tell you how to bring the sexy back to your stay!
First and foremost, your state of mind is an extremely important aspect of starting out on a great vacation. So, make an agreement with your partner ahead of time that no matter what, you both are going to the make the best out of anything this trip throws at you! There’s nothing worse than anticipating a perfect setting and then being disappointed upon arrival. It’s easy to get swept up into negativity, but don’t! To ensure this won’t happen, here are a few things you’ll want to take along for the ride or pick up once you arrive at your destination.
It all starts with the basics whether it’s a vacation rental home.
Seductive Vacation Getaway Essentials:
This is a great time to incorporate sexy sheets, fluffy new pillows and luxury towels
A framed favorite photo of the two of you
Some silky loungewear and robes (think about things you might normally not wear around the house)
Special hand and body soaps, bath salts, massage oils, shampoo and other personal toiletries
Your favorite scented candles
Medications, just in case (I always travel with antibiotics and extra medicines such as; Pepto Bismol, Imodium, aspirin, Advil, first aid kit)
(if the grocery store does not carry what you need)
Think ahead—what are your favorite wines, vacation drinks: pina coladas, margaritas, martinis, etc. The idea of this plan is to feel like you are at a luxurious resort.
Remember, presentation is everything so pick up two great glasses specifically designed for your favorite cocktail. Don’t forget about the accessories: umbrellas, toothpicks, olives, shaker, ice bucket, corkscrew / bottle opener. If you don’t have access to a blender there are many great pre-made versions you can pick up or simply serve over ice.
Kitchen Essentials (if you have one available):
You may not actually want to cook. So, think about picking up some special things you’ve been wanting to try like exotic salsas, chips, tapenades, olives, cheeses, Italian bread, crackers and fruits.
Favorite spices and seasonings if you plan on cooking and grilling, including salt and pepper
Condiments (perhaps in individually-sized packets)
Coffee or tea, cream and sugar
Favorite sharp kitchen knife
Aluminum foil (handy for wrapping leftovers and for grilling)
Extra toilet paper, tissues, paper towels and trash bags
Laundry detergent, if you plan to wash clothes
iPod, DVDs, Boombox, portable speakers
Make a seductive playlist ahead of time
All the best resorts have fresh florals in your room so you need to do the same for yourself. Bring two small vases for the bedside tables and one larger for a bouquet you can throw together for a tablescape.
Location-specific and Seasonal Items:
Insect repellent, bright colorful beach towels and sunscreen
Sports equipment if wanted
Reading material, board games
What if I’m Flying to My Destination?
Don’t try to carry crazy items in your suitcase like olive oil or firewood. (Stop at the store after arrival to the town of your destination when you first get there so you don’t have to leave your hotel or house and waste precious time.) Plan your menus ahead so you can spend a short amount of time at the grocery store. But you can bring small kitchen items, spices and a corkscrew in your suitcase without difficulty. Be sure to check the Transportation Security Administration’s list of prohibited items if you’re flying to or from the U.S.
You can have fun anywhere if you are prepared to create a seductive environment.
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