Yes, it’s that time of year, when most travelers’ thoughts turn to a white sand beach somewhere, with azure waters and palm trees. Whether you’re heading down to Costa Rica, over to the French Riviera or off to the Philippines, there are a few similar principles in packing for a beach vacation. Here are some tips for packing light – and packing smart – this summer when you hit the beach.
Pack Only Flip Flops And A Simple Pair Of Shoes
Unless you’re mixing in some hiking, you can get away a simple pair of shoes and a pair of flip-flops on your beach vacation. Just remember that there are some places that take offense to flip-flops when they’re worn indoors or at restaurants.
Keep Your Shirts, Underwear And Socks To A Minimum
You might be tempted to pack a lot of shirts, underwear and socks, given that beaches are hot and sweat inducing, but if you pack instead, you won’t have an issue with sweat and smells. Not only is Merino wool sweat-wicking, meaning that it moves moisture from your body to the surface of the garment, dispersing it the air, but it’s also anti-bacterial, meaning that it fights off that odor-causing bacteria.
Make Sure You Pack Your Swim Trunks
This one is pretty self-explanatory: too many times, people forget to pack their swimwear when they head abroad, and then they’re at the mercy of local styles. If you’re in Europe, for instance, that pretty much guarantees you’ll be in a Speedo, which is fine for some, but uncomfortable for others.
Pack A Bag To Separate Wet Clothes
This can be as simple as just packing a few Ziploc bags, that way if you have to pack up your clothes before they’ve had a chance to fully dry they won’t soak the surrounding clothes or electronics. The we offer dries very quickly, but the same can’t be said about a laptop, so it’s best to keep everything separate.
Buy Your Towel Abroad
Unless you’re the proud owner of one of those compact, quick-drying travel towels, you’re probably best off buying your towel abroad, or banking on the fact that your hotel will offer one. Just remember, most hotels don’t like you taking their towels to the beach, so you might want to purchase one for that purpose.
Pack Sunglasses And A Hat
Get The Sunscreen You Need
Some people don’t readily admit it, but beach vacations are partly about the photo opportunity. How often are you surrounded by beautiful water and sand? Make the most out of your pictures with an underwater camera, which have become relatively inexpensive in the last few years.
Bring A Warm Layer
If you’re heading off somewhere this summer to lounge around a beach, pack correctly with these few tips. A little bit of forethought goes a long way towards ensuring that you’re not worrying while you’re away – and who wants to worry on a beach?