Come May and most of us are planning to leave the city. If you’re heading to a beach destination, these tips are going to help you conquer the sands and have a fabulous time. Keep reading to know more about all the beach basics you need to pack for a summer vacation. (Read my guide on Uluwati, Bali here.)
What to Wear on a Beach Vacation
- While I admire all of us who want to look super hot at the beach, comfort and functionality of a bathing suit is the most important aspect of it. Don’t buy a strapless bikini top that moves a lot—in fact, make sure you wear it a few times in the water before you take it to the sea shore.
- You can never go wrong with shorts (denim shorts and printed shorts are on-trend) and team them with off-shoulder tops/basic tees.
- Other favourites include maxi and shirt dresses. Make sure you carry a sturdy pair of flats or flip flops with you.
- If you’re going to spending the entire vacation on beaches, I suggest you try the 5-4-3-2-1 Beach Packing rules: 5 tops, 4 bottoms, 3 pairs of shoes , 2 swimsuits and bags and 1 hat, sunglasses and a watch.
What to Pack For a Perfect Beach Day
- Make sure your beach bag is big enough to carry towels, napkins, sheets and more. These are really essential since your probably want to lie down on the beach, soak up the sun or just hang out with friends.
- Use and carry a sunscreen with you with a minimum of SPF 50. I say SPF 50 because the sun is going to be much harsher on the beach and you’re going to be out for hours at a stretch. I generally end up with an irritated scalp (thanks to the sunlight) so I suggest buying a hair sunscreen too. If not, carry a scarf and wrap it around your hair to keep up your style quotient and avoiding hair damage.
Beach Basics: Food and Drinks
- You’re going to be thirsty from the minute you get to the beach so ensure you have your trusty sipper. I like the new infused water bottles—you can infuse water with your favourite citrus fruits like orange or cucumber slices or just some lemon spritz.
- My sister is very allergic to the sun so we usually carry an anti-allergen with us. If you’re with children, it’s best to carry a basic medicine kit with you.
Best Beach Hacks To Try
- A lot of people get irritated when the sand doesn’t come off their skin—even hours after coming back from the beach. All you need to do is to apply baby powder BEFORE you head to the beach (ask a friend to help you even it out) and the beach sand will slide right off.
- If you’re wearing a bikini or hoping to get a new tan, chances of you getting sunburnt are pretty high. Aloe Vera cubes are one of my favourite hacks: all you need to do is take natural aloe vera gel (from the tube) or juice and freeze it in an empty ice-cube tray for a few hours. Use it when you’re back or even carry it with you to the beach in a zip lock bag.
- Stash your valuable electronics like your phone, tablet, mobile charger etc. in a zip lock bag to avoid getting them wet. Make sure your camera has a waterproof cover for all those selfie sessions!
Have a great vacation!