Summer Vacation Essentials

Before travelers hit the road, Woodfield merchants ( have some great ideas for what to pack.

Variety of essentials - whether it's a week-long family vacation or just a day at the beach.

Travel Games from KB Toys
Great for long car rides. Classic games that are "fun on the run"

  • Connect Four comes with a zip-up, foam case - helps keep pieces secure during on-the-go playing. ($14.99)

  • Other games: Battleship, Checkers ($14.99 each)

  • Continuous Sunscreen Mist & Instant Mineral Powder from Sephora
    Protect skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays and environmental damage.

  • Lightweight, water-resistant spray with SPF 30 and Vitamin E. Multi-directional spray works at any angle without clogging - great for hard to reach areas like the back. (Continuous Mist $28)

  • Transparent matte, SPF 30 mineral powder in convenient brush applicator. Makes skin look smooth and radiant. (Instant Mineral Powder $30)
  • WeatherCast 5-Day Wireless Weather Forecaster from Brookstone Wake up to the alarm clock and day's detailed weather forecast. ($100)

  • Save time, no need to sit by the TV waiting for the forecast.

  • Automatically recognizes geographical anywhere in US region and displays the forecast from five choice cities within that region.

  • Beamed wirelessly, by radio signal, for real time conditions – no computers necessary.

  • Updates every 15 minutes.
  • Mini Grill in Cooler Bag from Crate & Barrel
    Collapsible grill and insulated cooler bag in one convenient carry-all. ($29.95)

  • Keep your hot dogs in the cooler bag until you're ready to grill them.

  • Separate zipper pocket for plates and utensils.
  • BoomBucket Portable Music System for iPod from Brookstone Cordless, portable, weather-resistant. ($150)

  • Great for taking favorite music along to the beach, camping, boating - or just your own backyard.

  • Full-range speakers provide big stereo sound. Just dock your iPod.

  • Rechargeable battery delivers up to 8 hours of play in a single charge.
  • Go-Anywhere Mesh Chair from Brookstone
    Breathable mesh to keep cool, while providing comfortable support. ($50; $79 for two)

  • Adjustable headrest pillow.

  • Solid wood armrests and five recline positions - it even lies flat.

  • Portable, lightweight chair with convenient carry sling with shoulder strap.
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