Who doesn’t love the smell of the sea and the sound of crashing surf? Beach holidays are popular for a reason. But if you come unprepared, they can turn into hell as you find yourself spending the money you would have spent on ice-cream on the swimsuit you forgot.
To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the essentials (and other cool items) to pack for the beach holiday of your dreams.
Assuming you have all the fundamentals, such as toiletries, underwear, money and the necessary travel documents, these are the additional must-haves for the beach:
With a fair wind your holiday will be filled with love, laughs and memories that last a lifetime but even with meticulous planning things can go wrong. They are a rarity but small accidents can occur so a small first aid kit containing some essentials. Also don't forget any medication you require or may require if you over indulge!
Beaches are highly exposed to the sun. If you’re going at the height of summer, spending long periods on the beach could leave you with severe skin damage. Even if you’re lucky enough to tan easily or you have naturally dark skin, you’re still at risk. Skin damage can make your skin age faster and can give you skin cancer.
But if you’re aware of the basic principles of sun protection – wear protective clothing, sunscreen, and look for shade – you can enjoy your beach holiday without the blisters. Here’s what you’ll need:
Choosing clothes for the beach doesn’t have to be complicated. It’s good to pack a mixture of neutral colors and a few items with a brighter ‘accent’ color, allowing you to easily mix and match.
Choose loose-fitting, preferably cotton garments for extra comfort in the heat, and depending on your destination’s climate, take a light jacket or cardigan for the evening breeze. Try to pack something that you can wear over or with your swimsuit, to avoid the hassle of changing constantly.
If you plan to go to a bar or a restaurant in the evenings, throw in a pretty dress or a collared shirt and chinos. Or if you’re the kind who loves early-morning runs or yoga on the beach, don’t forget your active wear – leggings or shorts, a singlet and a cap.
Hopefully you will be basking in the sun and enjoying balmy nights but if unfortunate you may experience some inclement weather. Be prepared and pack a lightweight rain proof jacket and a light sweater if the mercury drops in the evening.
There’s a day at a beach… and then there’s A Day At The Beach. Make yours extra fun by bringing along these items.
If you’re into make-up, it’s not recommended to take your usual kit to the beach. Even if you skip the water, the heat and sweat can still turn things a little soupy. Here’s what you should take instead:
If you’re heading to the beach with young kids or teens, just soaking in the scenery isn’t going to cut it. Here are some things that will spice up their day:
With this comprehensive packing list, there’s no way your beach holiday can go wrong. Zip up your suitcase and get ready to hit the sand and surf!