Summer was made for traveling.
But with the threat of Zika in Miami —specifically for pregnant women— the idea of going to Magic City may be daunting.
As the CDC notes the Wynwood area is where Zika is being spread by mosquitoes, so you wanna steal clear of that area. But that doesn’t mean you can’t have a great trip in the South Florida city.
Miami is a bustling place with things to do, from its beaches to nightlife, to the art filled streets. If you’ve already had plans in the works to visit, there’s no need to freak out.
Miami is also a haven for fashionistas, both locals and those traveling to the 305. If fashion is what your heart desires, the city has tons of places to shop, from luxury to quirky little vintage shops.
If a trip to Miami is on your summer bucket list, then scroll through to see the items you need to pack to soak up the sun in style.
For clothing, Sawyer’s spray is a great option. Lightly spray this on your outfits, before hitting the town— day or night. As noted by Consumer Reports, the Sawyer product was a top insect repellent overall. It was the only one that also kept Culex mosquitoes, which can spread West Nile disease, and deer ticks, which can spread Lyme disease, away for at least 8 hours.
If you’ve been dying to break out your vivid prints, then Miami is the place to do it. The city is vibrant and welcomes your loudest patterns! Need some inspiration? Palm tree, flamingo, and pineapple print is always a great place to start.
You obviously know that sunscreen is a must, but we thought we would remind you just in case. The sun doesn’t play in the MIA and unless you want to have an epic sun burn and premature aging (eww!), make sure to remember to reapply when you are sunbathing on the white sandy beach of South Beach.
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The humidity is no joke in Miami, so make sure to pack a travel-size hairspray that can withstand the climate. We love the L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray because it has a soft satin finish that keeps any hairstyle in place.
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A bathing suit is a wardrobe essential in Miami, even if you are only visiting for the weekend. Packing the right swimsuit will depend on where you plan on soaking up the sun, but if we’ve learned anything from Miami Swim Week, you can never go wrong with a bikini.
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Pom poms sandals are super trendy at the moment and are fun style to style in the tropical destination. Believe it or not they are super versatile and can be worn with anything from your swim suit, to a sun dress.
The Magic City is known for it’s blazin’ night life, so don’t forget something sexy to dance the night away in!
In Miami a bag is more than just a place to carry your essentials, but an opportunity to make a proclamation. Naturally, a statement cluth is a must have when you hit the streets, especially when heading to check out some street art or galleries in Wynwood.
Although Miami is famous for its breezy beaches, get ready to feel a dose of humidity. When packing your makeup bag, plan to include products that can hang in the heat. When it comes to coverage, we love IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC Cream with SPF 50+. It provides flawless coverage, while also protecting your face from sun damage.
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Leave your nude lipstick at home and pack something bright and playful when you come to play in the 3-O-5.
The sun in South Florida means business and protecting your peepers is not an option, it’s a MUST. Mirrored sunglasses are having their moment in the world of fashion and can be seen all over Miami’s Beaches right now. Opt for a style that compliments your face shape and don’t be afraid to experiment with vibrant hues.
A great way to beat the heat is with a chic maxi dress. The summer silhouette is popular in South Florida and transitions from day to night easily. For an added Miami-esque flair, opt for a dress with a floral print.