Sunday, March 2, 2014

Packing List for the Beach

Another packing post is coming your way and I'm very excited about it, because Spring Break is next week! Okay, so I'm going to be stuck at home working to make money for a different beach trip, but still. 'Tis the season. Packing for the beach seems like a no-brainer, but I seem to always over-pack, under-pack, or forget one crucial item that throws a wrench in the whole vacation (namely, when my sister gets stung by a jellyfish on a remote Caribbean island).

I love the ocean. If given the chance and there aren't bull sharks in the vicinity, I will spend all day underwater, so I always bring my flippers, mask and snorkel. If you're the more lounge and read a book on the beach type, don't worry, I've catered this list for you. Fellow ocean adventurers already know what to bring for their snorkel/scuba needs.

For clothes, keep it simple. Use pieces you can mix and match, as well as transition from day to night. Dresses that you throw over your swimsuit during the day make great outfits for dinner and dancing, as do maxi skirts, chambray tops, and a classic white tank and jean cutoff combo for a casual day look. I also love a nautical striped shirt for the beach - festive and a great way to cover up if you acquire an ugly sunburn. Rompers are made for vacation because they're perfect over a bikini or with sandals for lunch.

I always bring two types of bikinis with me. One, I call the "waterpark" swimsuit. Because no matter what slide your in or wave you encounter, your goods stay locked up securely in that suit. When someone decides para-sailing is a great idea, you want this with you. Bring that stringy bikini you look awesome in, but save it for the day you're planning on napping and tanning by the pool.

Accessories for the beach are simple, because you don't want to be wearing a ton when it's hot and sandy. I recommend simply, sturdy jewelry, a head wrap for windy days when your hair is out of control, and a hat to keep your face out of the UV rays. Sunglasses are obviously a necessity, as is a good beach bag as well as a sturdy purse. Leave anything leather or delicate at home. You'll only need three types of shoes for a beach vacation: sandals, white sneakers, and wedges. You can take these from day to night, for adventurous activities or partying at a club. And please, invest in a waterproof phone case.

Pack a beach bag! There's too much to keep up with in a small purse or shopping bag. You'll need a big beach towel, a queen-sized sheet to keep the sand off you, sunscreen, after-sun lotion for when your sunscreen fails you, salt spray for your hair to get a great beachy effect, drinks to keep you hydrated, and snacks so you never have to leave the sun. I always bring two pair of sunglasses to the beach, because I'm great at breaking or losing them. Lip balm for me is a must; dry lips drive me crazy and the hot, salty air does a number on them. Bring a book and a frisbee to keep you entertained, and something like vinegar or meat tenderizer in the event that someone is stung by a jellyfish.

What are your beach essentials?

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