Congratulations! You finally finished your last deadline at work and now your long awaited vacation has arrived at last! You’ve been planning the ultimate beach getaway for the past three months, researching into the best beach to go, best resort to stay at and the best activities to do. Between reading travel tips on Lonely Planet, Frommers and of course, other travel blogs, you feel like you’re completely ready for your trip and are ready to soak up some rays.
Then the night before as you’re packing, you realized that you probably should have looked up some packing tips for a beach vacation. Sure it sounds easy, all you need is a towel and swimsuit right?
Well, not exactly. If only it was as easy as that! Your clothes are thrown out everywhere in your room because you can’t decide what to bring. Shoes? Forget about it! All these what if I need this? thoughts race through your mind.
To make your beach getaway as memorable as possible with the least amount of mishaps, there’s some essentials you need to bring besides your sunglasses.
Tips for packing for a beach vacation
1. Choose your luggage wisely
First you need to pick the correct luggage. This will set the foundation for the rest of the things you bring and prevent you from overpacking. If your trip is only a few days and is domestic, a carry on will suffice so you don’t need to pay for a check in.
The key to picking the right case is find a lightweight luggage. No matter how long your trip is whether it is for 2 weeks or a weekend, it’ll be easier for you to carry your luggage if it is lighter.
Find a carry one that is of high quality, there’s nothing more frustrating than to be rolling your luggage in the airport just to have the handle fly off (yes that has happened to me before!). So invest your money in a high quality carry on that will last you a long time. Look for one that’s light, has sufficient pockets and if you can, try rolling it to see how it feels.
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2. Bring clothes that can be dressed up or down
Even though you’ll probably be spending most of your time laying on a towel, you’ll also want to experience the nightlife of where you are. To minimize your packing list, bring clothes that can be dressed up or down.
Women, bring sundresses that you can wear during the day for a cover up and then bring some matching accessories to dress it up at night. Pick sandals that can suitable for going out and for lounging by the pool during the day.
Towels take up a ton of room so what’s the solution? A sarong. For women, a sarong is a lifesaver and a must have for a beach vacation. You can use it as a towel, a cover up, a dress or a skirt. It’s a cute multi-functional piece that you have to have in your suitcase!
3. Bring sun protection accessories
For your beach vacation, you obviously chose somewhere warm and sunny, probably close to the equator. Although the sun’s rays are good for your body to bring you Vitamin D and those hormones that make you feel happy, be aware that it is also harmful to your body if you have too much.
Go ahead and sunbathe but make sure you bring sunscreen for your face and body (at least SPF 30 if you are sensitive or burn easily), chapstick with SPF, sunglasses with UV protection, after sun aloe vera gel (will work miracles if you get burned) and if you plan on going surfing, get a rash guard with SPF in it.
Remember that you can’t bring more than 3.4 ounces of liquids which include sunscreen and the gel.
4. Bring more than one bathing suit
Yes I’m advocating packing MORE! If you’re planning on going to the beach or in the water everyday, it’ll be helpful to bring at least two bathing suits so you will also have one dry and ready to wear. Trust me, when you’re hitting the waves everyday you want to have a suit that’s nice and fresh.
5. Leave a little room
One of the best things about a beach vacation is that you can pack light. Shorts and tank tops don’t take up too much room compared to sweatshirts and jackets so you can leave a little bit room in your luggage for souvenirs. You’ll probably hit gift shops or souvenir stores that you might find the perfect gifts to bring back home and luckily your suitcase still has some room.
Remember less is more! You’ll find that traveling light feels so good and you’ll realize that you didn’t need all that extra stuff.