It’s that time of year again – everyone’s finishing school or taking time off work to jet off to somewhere sunny. As the weather is so different to the UK, it can be difficult for us Brits to know what to pack.
Will we need a cardigan in the evening? Walking shoes or just flip-flops? Do we bother taking make-up?
In my case, you’ll end up packing all of these things only to find you only need half of them, and forgetting about the rest.
It also depends on the type of holiday you’re going on.
Maybe you’re off to go hiking or cycling or simply lying on the beach, soaking up the sun.
The latter is certainly my holiday of choice. But you don’t need to pack much for that, right? Wrong.
Last year, I trotted off to the sand with just a towel and a pair of sunnies and found that I was missing some vital things that would have made my trip better.
So, I put together a list of the top ten things I’m going to take with me this year.
If you’re going on holiday to the beach this year, here are some things to think about.
1. Beach bag
Of course, your life would be made much easier if you had something to carry all of these things in.
A large beach bag will ensure you have enough space for all of your bits and pieces.
If you’re like me and tend to burn easily, it could be handy to take a sarong with you.
This light material can sit on your shoulders for added protection from the sun.
Personally, I like patterned ones as they add texture and movement to your look.
There’s nothing worse than getting sand stuck in your shoes.
Flip-flops avoid this problem, while keeping your feet protected from the hot sand.
We all fear acquiring the ‘ski-goggle’ look when we wear sunglasses all day.
It seems no matter how much make-up we use to try and hide the fact we fell asleep in our sunnies, the patches refuse to disappear.
But, unfortunately, apart from topping up the sun-cream, it can’t always be avoided.
Protecting your eyes from the sun is so important, so why not wear them with style?
Take these for example, their tortoiseshell frames are a unique feature.
5. Lens cleaner
It’s always useful to carry a little pot of lens cleaner with you, too, as sun-cream can leave fingerprints on your shades.
6. Floppy hat
Another way to protect your eyes from the sun is by wearing a big floppy hat.
Plus, they look stylish – perfect for beachwear. It can also fold up easily into a bag, if you decide to take it off.
If you’re spending the day there, you may want to pack some food and cold drinks.
Keep them fresh and take along a cool-bag.
If you don’t fancy carrying that around, too, then opt for a smaller one that could fit in your beach bag.
8. Hair ties
Long hair can be a problem at the beach – not only is it hot, but the salt from the sea can make it feel knotted.
Avoid this problem and pack a couple of bobbles.
9. Portable charger
I sometimes take my iPod or phone with me to the beach to listen to music.
It’s so nice relaxing to some laid-back tunes, but not when your device runs out of battery.
A portable charger would come in handy to keep those songs coming.
I don’t tend to wear make-up on holiday as it seems more effort than it’s worth.
Especially as the priority is sun-cream. What I didn’t know existed until fairly recently is tinted sun-cream.
This is a great alternative, and perfect for evenings out.
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