How to Plan Your Packing for a Beach Holiday

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Americans put “beach vacations” at the top of their list, regardless of whether it’s international or domestic.

Beach vacations help you unwind, soak up some much-needed sun, and breathe in the fresh sea air. Perhaps you’re planning a beach holiday but you’re not sure what to pack.

If that sounds like you, you’re in the right place. Here’s everything you must bring.

 

Beach Bag

One of the top packing tips is to start with luggage. Depending on the duration of your stay, decide whether it’s best to pack a carry-on or, for longer journeys, a large suitcase.

In this, make sure you pack a waterproof beach bag. Buy an extra-large size so you can squeeze in your family’s beach essentials. You should also pack a wet bag to throw your dripping swimsuits and damp beach towels in.

And bring a small shoulder bag for your valuables for when you’re sight-seeing or going to dinner. Or, if that’s not your thing, bring a backpack.

 

Swimsuit

Check out the latest beach styles to find the ultimate swimsuit for you and then pack a spare. This is so you can wear one while the other is drying. Plus, it’s better to have more options.

 

Beach Cover-Up

No vacation wardrobe is complete without a beach cover-up or a sarong. Simply slip it on when the sun is at its highest so you’re protected. While sunbathing, be mindful of your legs and shoulders as these are susceptible to burning.

 

Sandals

Make sure you pack sandals and flip-flops for your beach vacation. The former is great when you’re exploring the town or going out for a meal, so bring a pair of formal and casual ones.

You should also wear flip-flops for the beach as they’re easy to kick off. A bonus is they protect your toes when you’re checking out the rock pools.

 

Water Shoes

Beach-goers eager to try water sports should pack specialized shoes. They’re easy to slip on and will protect your feet from scorching sand. You should also bring a wet suit, especially for surfing. If you’re worried about sizes, then this guide will help you.

 

Hat

When you’re spending most of your vacation at the beach, bring several types of hats. A wide-brimmed hat is perfect for sunbathing whereas a baseball cap is great if you’re going for an afternoon hike.

And don’t forget to pack a Panama as they add elegance to every summer outfit.

 

Snorkel Set

While away a Saturday by snorkeling to spot tropical fish. Although there’ll be plenty of places to rent them from, it’s more cost-effective to buy your own set. Plus, they will be the perfect size.

 

Beach Towel

Bring a beach towel as it’s far bigger than your bath one. It’s best to find one made from microfiber as it’s lightweight, dries fast, and stops sand from sticking on it. The best bit is you can choose from an array of funky designs whether you want classic stripes or one covered in palm trees.

 

Umbrella

Pack a beach umbrella so you stay cool in the midday sun. These are great because they divide into smaller parts and fit easily into your beach bag. Or, if there’s a group of you, get a large beach tent so you can rest without worrying about the elements.

 

Sunscreen and Water Bottle

One in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70.

This troubling statistic shows we forget to slather on sunscreen while at the beach. So make sure you pack a product with SP50 and reapply it every two hours, especially after taking a dip.

Another essential is a refillable water bottle. Regularly take sips and when it’s empty, find a water fountain or ask a nearby restaurant to refill it otherwise you may forget to stay hydrated.

 

Toiletries

Pack a toiletry bag with travel-sized goodies like your toothbrush and toothpaste, moisturizing creams, and shampoo. Bring any medication you need and at the very least, pain killers so you needn’t worry about finding the nearest pharmacy.

It’s also wise to pack mosquito repellent especially if you’re in a tropical climate.

 

Electronics

Even if you leave them at the hotel, bring your cell phone, chargers, and memory cards.

You should also pack an underwater camera to snap the teeming sea life. If you’re going abroad, bring a universal plug adapter so you can stay connected. And, if you are bringing electronics, then invest in a waterproof phone pouch to prevent any accidents.

You should also bring books or magazines so you can read by the beach. Or bring a sketchbook so you can draw the marine life and any shells you find.

 

Travel Documents

Those going to a far-flung country should pack their essential travel documents. Pack a passport with the relevant visa, and a security pouch to keep your dollars safe. Many travelers swear by an RFID wallet as it stops thieves from accessing your bank details or ID data.

You should also check the currency of your destination so you can stock up on cash. And consider getting a travel credit card so you don’t get charged for withdrawals or payments overseas.

 

That’s What to Bring on Your Beach Holiday

Now you have a check-list for your beach holiday.

Aside from travel documents, make sure you’re prepared for long days sunning by the ocean. Pack bathing gear, sunscreen, hats, and refillable water bottles so you’re constantly hydrated. Happy packing!

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