Swear Profile June 19, 2018

Beach Bag Swears from Packing Expert Hitha Palepu

She runs the blog Hitha On the Go and she’s even authored a book called How to Pack: Travel Smart for Any Trip but Hitha Palepu swears that she became a packing expert by accident. As a business development executive in the pharmaceutical industry, she was traveling three weeks out of every month, and packing became a way of life. Hitha’s packing philosophy? “I think about what I want to do, who I’m packing for, and what I actually need.” Now founder and CEO of Rho Pharmaceuticals and mom to a three-year-old son, Hitha is still very much on the go. A self-proclaimed “promiscuous traveler,” the busy mom almost never returns to the same destination twice–with the exception of Glenmere Mansion in Chester, NY, as the annual getway that she swears by for a couple’s retreat. As we wrestled with what to pack for a weekend at the beach, we decided to turn to the pro. Here, Hitha shares her Swears for a stress-free, perfectly packable day at the beach…

1. AQUA Canvas Tote Bag

“This is from the Bloomingdale’s in-store brand, AQUA. I’ve been lusting after the Chanel beach bag for a while, but, let’s be real. I couldn’t justify the price. When I saw this bag, I thought it was a nice substitute. I love that it’s got both the long chain straps and the shorter handles. It’s really roomy, it has plenty of pockets, and it’s a great travel bag too. So even if I’m traveling to a beach vacation, it fits everything I need.”

Score Hitha's Trusted Tote

2. Old Navy Swim Cover-Up

“When you know you’re going to have a popsicle inevitably melted on you…Beach cover-ups basically get ruined after a season or two. So when I’m buying my son’s clothes, I like to pick up a few pieces for myself for the beach as well. This one is just gauzy, easy, comfy, and affordable.”

Take Cover

3. Helen Kaminski "Mita" Packable Raffia Visor

“I’m bringing visors back! To be honest, I don’t know why they ever left; I’m really into the sporty look. This one is from Helen Kaminski, and it’s her packable sun visor. It also has UPF 50 protection, it packs down into nothing, and it’s cute. I dig it.”

Sun-smart n' sporty

4. Neutrogena Hydro Boost Water Gel Lotion

“This SPF 50 sunscreen is truly non-greasy, which I love, and it absorbs beautifully. It’s hydrating, so I like to put it on right after I get out of the shower, before I go to the beach. I like that it’s also available at drugstores, so if I do forget it at home, I can just drop into a drugstore and find it.”

Block it out

5. BuDhaGirl All Weather Bangles

“These are actually meditation bangles. You’re supposed to chant a mantra every time you slip one on, to start and end your day, which is awesome. I also love that they’re basically rubber, so they’re comfortable and easy to travel with. No need to worry about hot metal burning your skin after a day in the sun! They’re the perfect accessory for the beach, but you also won’t mind getting them dirty.”

Try these on for size

6. The Map of Salt and Stars

“I’m always reading. If I have even five minutes to spare, I will turn on my Kindle or crack open a book. This one is a beautiful story that alternates between two young women, living eight hundred years apart. One is a medieval adventurer, and the other, a modern-day Syrian refugee. It’s stunningly written, very heartwarming, and makes me more empathetic to what other people are going through on this planet.”

Consider our heartstrings tugged

7. Dagne Dover Pouch + Beauty Essentials

“All of Dagne Dover’s products are hyper organized, with pockets upon pockets. I like to throw my iPad, Kindle and earbuds in here, or I’ll stash beauty products inside a Ziploc bag so they don’t spill. My favorite travel product is Tata Harper’s Irritability Treatment. Travel is annoying, let’s face it. This is a blend of essential oils that smells lovely and really triggers me to calm the eff down. I’ll also use it as a cuticle oil on a flight. And my favorite beach beauty hack is to put a tube of sunscreen and a face mask in your ice bucket or cooler. The Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask goes on clear, so no one can tell you’re masking while you’re lounging!”

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