Preparing for a vacation can be a grueling task. With so much to do and even more to remember, you may even start to wonder if staying home would be a better idea.
If this sounds familiar, the following suggestions are for you. Rather than let the vacay prep overwhelm you, make pampering yourself part of the process too. This way, you’ll not only look forward to it, but you’ll also set yourself up for a wonderfully relaxing vacation unlike any you’ve had before.

Without further ado, here are a few vacation indulgences that will have you looking and feeling your best.

1. Teeth Whitening

Vacations only come around once a year for most people, so why not spoil yourself with professional teeth whitening? While most of the vacation prep can be stressful, having your teeth whitened will help put you in the right mindset for a fabulous vacation. Not only will you photograph well, but whitening your teeth before you leave (or even at your destination if it’s affordable) can help offset some of the staining caused by rich vacation food and drink.

2. Get a Mani/Pedi

Whether you’re a regular at the nail salon or you’ve never set foot (or hand) inside one, vacations call for looking your best. Schedule an appointment to have a manicure done. Even if you don’t have artificial nails applied, just getting things tidied up in the cuticle area and a fresh coat of pale polish is enough to make a difference. If you really want to put your best foot forward (pun intended!), get a pedicure too. That way, your tootsies will look amazing in your cute summer shoes.

3. Get a Tan

We know it’s not a good idea to lay in the sun – and who has time for that anyway? However, there’s no doubt that a nice golden glow does wonders for the appearance. So, take some time out of your busy schedule to get a spray tan. This is a must if your vacation is at a beach locale! If a spray tan doesn’t sound inviting, give one of the many moisturizing sunless tanning lotions from your local pharmacy a try.

4. New Clothes

Of course, you’ll be packing some of your old standbys, but going on vacation calls for new clothes and shoes. Whether you buy a new outfit or two or simply indulge your inner princess, or get some much-needed new bras and panties, be sure you visit your favorite stores and find some new favorites at your destination.

5. A New Hair Style

If you’ve often thought about trying a new hairstyle but never got up the nerve, now is the time. Traveling to other lands on vacation is a perfect backdrop for reinventing yourself. No-one knows you or what you look like, so why not try that style you’ve always wanted?

When you visit the salon for your new style, be sure you have a few examples to show the stylist. A simple Google search can return thousands of images for you to save and share when you arrive for your appointment. The more detail you give your stylist, the more likely you’ll get the look you want.

There’s no doubt that preparing for a vacation can be exhausting. The next time you find yourself in the midst of vacay stress, take a cue from the list above and indulge yourself so you look and feel your best on your trip.