The summer is finally here (although the weather tells us differently) and the uni is over which means that your long-awaited holiday is approaching.
What else than laying on the beach, idling away, getting the tan, absorbing the sun rays and reading all those books you wanted to read and kept postponing could be better?
The golden rule about holidays is that you need to pack properly for every type of holiday, so you don’t end up stressing yourself unnecessarily over forgotten toothbrush, swimsuit or the after-sun-first aid kit.
First things first
If you are about to spend at least a week on the beach, you should probably not forget to pack your beach equipment, such as the swimwear, sunscreen, bath towel, sunglasses, flip-flops, hat, water shoes if going where there are rocks in the water, swimming goggles and sunscreen again!
A portable mini fridge may also come in handy, but I never actually took one. Then, if you packed everything you need for your stay on the beach, don’t forget the rest of the clothes and stuff you wish to bring.
Don’t forget to check the type of plugs they have in a country before going, your passport, toothbrush. and medications, which are the things you can’t purchase easily abroad (ok, apart from the toothbrush haha).
As for me, every time I go to the beach, I bring something to read with me. Since I don’t have much time to read during the busy academic year, the holiday time is my only chance to get a proper read once in a while.
Last year I read books such as Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham, Abundance of Katherines by John Green and The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger and I can recommend them all.
What else? Music! Be mentally prepared that there may be no Wi-Fi or lack of signal especially if going abroad. Therefore, I only advise you to upgrade your mp3 or phone music playlist, otherwise, you will end up listening to the same 50 songs all over again and eventually start going crazy after few days from that (been there, done that).
A set of table tennis paddles, ball or a floating ball can also be useful since you can always spend some time playing on the beach or in the water.
Burnt? No problem!
Surely, if you are about to spend a week or so in the sun, you should bring the appropriate skincare products with you. I know we all have been there, going to the beach the very first day, not applying (enough) sunscreen and then ending up burnt and red as tomato and not being able even to sleep because of the pain.
Therefore, you should bring enough (more is always better) sunscreen and after-sun care products or eventually burnt skincare one.
If you don’t bring any, a plain yogurt spread at the burnt spots may be a clever alternative. Don’t forget to bring enough water and refreshments with you on the beach so you don’t get the heatstroke or sunstroke, which would eventually ruin your relaxing holidays!
If you prepare well for your holiday you will definitely enjoy it more and spend some relaxing and well-deserved time!