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How to Prepare For a Beach Holiday

From sugary white beaches to technicolor coral reefs, the traditional beach holiday is one that most people like to enjoy at least once a year.

And with beautiful beaches in destinations like the Caribbean, Hawaii, and South East Asia, there’s something for every-one no matter where you’re located in the world.

But before you reach for that drink and feel the warm sand between your toes, the following are a couple of things to organize before you go.

Get yourself beach ready

As soon as you’ve booked your holiday you can start to prepare for it. This includes the logistical preparation, like making sure your passport and visas are in order (if you’re traveling internationally), but also preparing your body and mind.

If you’re a bit out of shape and want that perfect bikini bod, you might consider hitting the gym a couple of weeks before you go. A beach holiday can be a great way to motivate yourself to lose weight and get fitter.

Beach Maldives

Shop early for swimwear

Try not to leave your shopping to the last minute. When you do it just makes everything far more stressful than it needs to be. Go somewhere like Simply Be and buy yourself some stylish new swimwear.

Search out something that suits your body shape and flatters you. This will help you to feel more confident. You can find out a bit more about how to make a wise choice by watching this YT video.

Of course, if you have decided to do more exercise and lose weight you will want to wait until a couple of weeks before your holiday to buy a new bikini or swimming costumes.

It is also worth checking whether there is a dress code for the beach you are going to. For example, in the Maldives, revealing swimwear like bikinis can only be worn on certain resort beaches.

Protect yourself from the sun

You will also need a decent pair of sunglasses that are not just for show. Look for a pair that fit closely to the face and block both UVB and UVA rays.

Adding a hat to your ensemble will greatly improve the level of protection for your eyes. Usually, it is cheaper and safer to buy your sun cream products from your home country.

Packing loose-fitting clothing that can easily be put on over swimwear is also a good idea. Ideally, you want something that is lightweight. This will fit easily into your beach bag and is comfortable.

Try to choose items that you can also wear during the day or the evening.

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A good bag

A nice beach bag is essential. You want to be able to keep everything in it, so you can get up grab just one bag and go.

Keep in mind when you’re actually at the beach not to leave valuables in your beach bag unattended. Beach bags are becoming an incredibly hot target for theft, with a typical beach bag now worth thousands of dollars.

Sound far fetched?  Not when you consider it might include a couple of mobile phones, one or two Kindles, a handful of credit cards and an iPad.

The right footwear

Sandals or flip-flops are fine if you do not have a long walk to the beach and are not planning to do too many activities while you are there.

If you are planning to try out some water sports consider packing some water shoes as well. They do not take up much space.

Some entertainment

It is always worth packing something to help you to pass the time. It could be books, games, a ball or electronics based.

If you do decide to take your phone, tablet or e-reader to the beach, remember to buy a protective cover for it before you travel.


Beach product

Waterproof/Polar Fleece Picnic Blanket

Beach product

Clear Universal Waterproof Cell Phone Case

Beach product

Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Insulated Picnic Cooler

Megan is an Australian Journalist and award-winning travel writer who has been blogging since 2007. Her husband Mike is the American naturalist and wildlife photographer behind Waking Up Wild; a website dedicated to opening your eyes to the wild & natural world.

Committed to bringing you the best in adventure travel from all around the globe, there is no mountain too high, and no fete too extreme! They haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on their list.

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