Isn't it funny, how the thought of vacation lifts up our spirit? Ever since the pandemic hit our lives, we've all been craving for a getaway.
We know you're super excited to hit the warm beach sand. Did you pack your favorite sunglasses, the sun hat? And a beach mat?
Just so you don't miss packing these and some other indispensable items, we have drawn up a checklist of our favorite beach vacay essentials.
The home work-out during the lockdown was of course for the beach body, right? Now you get to show-off in your favorite bikini or bathing suit. Make sure your swim-suit is culturally appropriate.
A sarong or some other swim cover-up comes in handy, in case you need to walk to nearby shacks at the beach. Usually, this is the one thing people realize they need most, only once they are at the beach.
Flip-flops are indispensable for a beach holiday. Although everyone loves to walk on the sand barefoot, you really need the flip-flops once the sand starts giving you the itches.
- Beach Mat
It is very difficult to find a quiet comfortable spot at the beach. If you do manage to spot one, inevitably, there will be no lounger around. So, our beach-hack is to always keep a sand-resistant beach-mat in your beach bag. Just spread it out and lounge away, anywhere you wish!
Can you ever imagine a vacation without sunglasses? We can't. Beach holidays are not an exception. Sunglasses will save your eyes from the scorching sunlight and harmful UV rays. Check out some chic sunglasses and other Gucci accessories at ModeSens.
Hats will always be on the high-street fashion bulletin. The classic wide-brim ones look exceptionally glamorous with a two-piece swimsuit.
- Change of clothes
Depending on where you are headed after the sunbath, you can pack a casual T-shirt and pair of shorts, or an elegant dress for dinner. Please don't forget to keep a set of spare under garments.
A good absorbent towel, which is made of quick-drying material like microfiber is a must-have for the beach. Microfiber towels have other advantages too, like being light-weight and sand-resistant.
- Beach Bag
You need a bag to keep all the 30-odd beach items together. An ordinary tote bag would probably not fit-in the role as perfectly. Your beach bag should be spacious, preferably with a few compartments. It should be water-proof and sturdy.
- Wet Wipes & Tissues
Wipes and tissues are crucial while you are outdoors. We can't start listing all the functional uses here, but of course, you understand they are necessary.
- Ocean-safe Sunscreen
Go for chemical-free, bio-degradable and reef-safe sunscreen lotion. Do your bit for the environment by making this sensitive choice.
- Toiletries Kit
Apart from the sunscreen, some other toiletries must be packed in your beach-bag. Stash in a bathing soap, shampoo, conditioner, lip-balm, hairbrush, face-mirror and deodorant.
Bugs and mosquitoes become a nuisance at the beach around sun-set. Take a bug-spray and stay protected.
- Hand Sanitizer
We really don't need to harp on about the need for protection from germs and viruses. Sanitize frequently and stay safe.
- Battery back-up
You are going to spend a lot of time clicking envious pictures and posting Instagram stories at the beach. Make sure to bring along a power-bank for charging your phone and other electronics on-the-go.
- Water-proof phone cover
There are some cool water-proof covers available in the market. Feel free to carry your phone through splashing water rides and beach activities. You will be able to click some amazing memorable photos.
- Wet bag
When there is a bunch of dripping-wet sand-filled clothes you want to bring back from the beach, you would know the wet bag is well-worth. There's an easy hack for wet bags too. Just use a large zip-lock bag!
- Disposal Bag
Keep some brown-bag or zip-locks for collecting the thrash. You wouldn't need to walk up the garbage can every-time you want to spit the chewing-gum
- Beach Ball
Beach ball, volleyball or football? Pick your sport and have some active time at the beach. These activities are a great way to break some sweat and bond as a group.
Choose from fancy duck and unicorn floats, or the simple ones, based on your level of quirk. The inflatable floats fold-in compactly and are quite convenient. Besides, floats are a must, if you are going to the beach with kids.
- Snorkeling Kit
You can explore the exquisite underwater marine life with a snorkeling kit. Make sure you read and follow the safety instructions on the kit before you begin exploring.
- Ear phones
If you are surrounded by a noisy group at the beach, you can find some solace in listening to music through noise-cancelling earphones.
- Your favorite book
When all sources fail to entertain, you can always trust a good book for great company. There is an indescribable pleasure in reading your favorite book under the shade of a beach umbrella, with the sound of waves in the background. Sheer bliss!
- Snacks and Munchies
If you're spending more than a couple hours at the beach, pack a snack or a beach-picnic if you are going as a large group. For the calorie conscious, we advise to bring along some healthy cookies and protein bars.
- Water Bottle
To save yourself from a fate befitting the ancient mariner, carry your drink of choice in a water-bottle. And to save yourself from unwanted calories from sweetened drinks, keep the choice of drink - "plain water".
- Comfortable Footwear
You may plan to explore the beach, and venture beyond sand over to rocks and boulders. In that case, flip-flops will not be suitable for the slippery surfaces. You should keep comfortable water-proof anti-skid shoes ready for the adventure.
- Camera & Selfi-stick
If you are inclined towards photography, you must try your skills at capturing the perfect sun-set with a high-definition camera. If you want to click amazing wide-angle selfies at the beach, get a selfie-stick too.
- Flash Light
Carry a flash-light for your safety, especially if you plan to go for a late night stroll.
- Beach Umbrella or Beach Shelter
Planning on spending a whole day at the beach? If you can't fit in a beach umbrella or shelter in your luggage, you can always rent one locally.
- Rash Guard / Wetsuit Top
A rash guard can protect you from scratches and rashes from beach activities, and it also guards from UV rays.