Guest Post by John Adams
Beach vacations are awesome! If you have never done them before, you are certainly in for a treat. Whether you’re booked for a resort, check in at a nearby hotel, rent a beach shack, or stay at a friend’s beach house, you should bring along all the essentials to make the best of this trip. The theme for beach gear is usually fun and casual, unless the vacation is connected to a destination wedding. Living on the beach is a whole new experience, so you won’t be needing stuff typically required for traveling. On the contrary, you will be taking along a couple of items that are not necessary at other destinations.
Here’s the comprehensive list of items that will complete your beach vacation and guarantee maximum comfort:
The clothes you pack for your beach vacation should be light and care-free. Soft and breathable fabrics like cotton and linen work best with the beach weather. Polyester swimwear is the norm and chiffon cover-ups look classy. Pack all your best swimsuits, several tees, tank-tops, shorts, a few sun dresses, short flannel skirts, and pajamas for the night. Do not bother to bring anything formal or ‘leather’ to the beach. If you want to add a bit of bling to your beach look, go for big, colorful, bright, and lightweight jewelry/accessories; opt for plastic rather than metallic. Pack a light jacket or shawl for when it gets windy or chilly after sunset.
When you’re going to spend most of your day on the beach, you will want to walk barefoot on the sandy shores. You should carry footwear that is easy to put on and off throughout the day. Given the moist and warm atmosphere, pack shoes that are light and airy. Flip-flops are ideal in every way and their thick sole gives a soothing touch to the underside of our feet. You can also go for flat rubber/plastic slippers or wear sandals if you prefer shoes that grip the foot.
3. Sunglasses and Hats
The long hours of sunshine are good for getting on your tan, but the sun glare can be a bit too much on the eyes. Do not forget to bring your favorite pair of sunglasses and keep a backup one as well. Sunglasses will add an element of chic to your look and allow you to get some people watching in without looking creepy. If you want to look fabulous on the beach, your summer hats will do the trick; where else do you wear them anyway?
Sunscreen should probably on the top of your checklist! Yes even if you are black, so consider it a friendly reminder. You don’t want to get sun burned on your first day and spend rest of the vacation indoors till your complexion gets back to normal. Buy sunscreen with maximum SPF to protect yourself from harmful UV rays and not end up looking like a gigantic lobster. You should also get an SPF lip-balm or chap-stick to preserve those rich and luscious lips of yours.
5. Dry Deodorant
Beaches can get pretty hot and humid during daylight hours, so dry alcohol-free deodorant will play the part of your best friend. Alcohol based aerosols disintegrate quickly due to the heat and reek, mixed with sweat. Dry deodorants control sweat and keep you smelling fresh throughout the day.
6. Beach Towels and Blanket
You should bring along at least one beach blanket to lounge and relax on the sands, and maybe even have an impromptu picnic with your partner/companions. A few towels are a must have to dry off and sit upon while hanging out on the beach.
7. Travel Pillow
Always bring a travel pillow to accommodate yourself whenever you crave a nap or wish to rest. A beach vacation entails you to spend a night on the beach at some point, thus you should make it count. The cool sand and sound of the waves embody tranquility, but a comfortable blanket and pillow will help you sleep even better.
8. Portable First-aid Kit
Adding a small first-aid kit to your vacation luggage is always useful, and rewarding in the event of an unexpected personal injury. You never know when you’ll need a Band-Aid to seal a cut, skin ointment to nurse a rash/bruise, or an aspirin when your head feels heavy after an epic beach episode.
9. Reusable Water Bottles
One should never run out of clean drinking water. Buying disposable water bottles from beach vendors is not just expensive, but also bad for the environment, as it leads to littering of the land and sea. Carry reusable water bottles and get them re-filled free of charge.
10. Water-proof Makeup
If you are going to wear make-up on the beach, keep it light and go for water-proof products. The water and air moisture are likely to mess up your face otherwise.
11. Hairbands and Scrunchies
Humid weather and the perpetual sea breeze might not sit well with longer hair. You can use a fancy hair band that will accessorize your outfit and keep the hair out of your face. The other option is to tie your hair in a ponytail or braid, so nothing stops you from having fun.
12. Foldable Chair
If you’re not as young and energetic as you used to be, carrying a portable folding chair everywhere is recommended. You can sit back and take a break any time you need.
13. Beach Umbrella
You’re not going to be in the mood for sunbathing all day or every day, so your beach umbrella will provide you shelter and shade from the smoldering sun. You can just sip your favorite cocktail and enjoy the view.
14. Water-proof casings for your gadgets
You can’t have a vacation on a beach that doesn’t include lots of water based activities, so you will need to keep your precious gadgets in check. If your smartphone wasn’t made water-proof, a water-proof case should be its life jacket.
15. Books and magazines
No beach vacation is complete without some catching up on some intense thrillers you had not gotten around to reading. Throwing in some magazines and other light reads does not hurt either.
16. Snorkeling Gear
If you’re an adventurer who is eager to dive into the world under the sea, pack your snorkeling gear and look forward to making some new marine friends. If you are a surfer, you may rent a board from the local supplier, as packing your own might be a problem.
17. Power Bank
It would be a bummer if your phone or digital camera battery died while the beach party was in full swing. Carry a power bank or two to keep your electronics charged during outdoor escapades.
One can never store enough wipes and napkins in their hand-carry bag. Cleanliness and hygiene is very important to stay healthy for the entire vacation period. Keep a pocket sanitizer on you as well at all times.
19. Insect Repellent
If your beach vacation is happening in a tropical region, you may encounter a few unfriendly bug species during your stay. Most insects thrive in the warm weather and moisture at the seashore. An insect repellent will prove to be your life savior.
Forget about fancy totes and clutches for containing your basic beach day items. What you need is a backpack that you can easily wear on your shoulders and move around with. The backpack will keep your hands free and will store a lot more stuff than the average handbag. Choose a backpack with multiple compartments and side pockets to hold water bottles.
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John Adams is a lifestyle and travel blogger who loves sharing his personal opinions and experiences. He is a true foodie, reserving a special place for desserts in his heart. He encourages readers to take risks and live the life of their dreams.