Packing for your Beach Holiday

You've cut the picture out of the brochure and stuck it on the fridge. The airline tickets have been purchased and the hotel booked. You're all set for your beach holiday. All you need to do now is pack your bags, but where to begin?

The following is a short checklist with a few things to think about as you get your suitcase ready for some fun in the sun.

Swimsuit
Vacation time is a good time to overhaul your wardrobe. Heading to the beach is the perfect opportunity to replace that old swimsuit you bought for your last holiday a few years ago. Styles have changed, and do you really want your beach vacation pictures to show you in a chlorine faded swimsuit with a sagging elastic waistband? Treat yourself. A new swimsuit will do wonders for your ego as you pose on the beach.

Sunscreen
Playing in the sand all day on your beach vacation your skin is going to see a lot more sun than it's used to. Whether you are heading south in the dead of winter or simply leaving your cubicle for the day, your skin will need protecting from the sun's harmful rays.
When buying sunscreen for your beach vacation, buy with your family's skin type and planned activities in mind. If you have a fairer complexion, you will want to start off with a sunscreen with a higher SPF level at the beginning of your holiday, working your way to lower numbers as your skin adjusts. What you plan on doing is also important when selecting a sunscreen; with waterproof varieties needed for more active vacations that involve a lot of time in the pool or ocean.

Sand toys
Vacation time is also play time, and a beach holiday is no different. You will want to make sure you've packed toys specifically for the interests of all the kids in your family, big and small.
Little kids love to let their imaginations run wild as they build sand castles and dig complex city systems. A quick trip to the dollar store will provide you with everything you need for endless hours of creation at a very low cost.
The bigger kids will be more interested in both water and sand sports. Again, finding a cheap skateboard or volleyball set will provide you with hours of fun without worrying about ruining good equipment with water and sand.Not everybody is looking for a beach vacation full of volleyball and water sports. There are some who look forward to their beach vacation as a time to unwind in quiet solitude, a pile of books stacked beside their chaise-lounge. Remember that this is vacation time, so you will want to keep the reading material light. When making your reading list keep your own entertainment in mind and you will amaze yourself with how many novels you can get through in a week.

Evening wear
Even at the beach, the sun will eventually set. As hot as it is on the sand during the day, when the sun goes down, the breeze coming in off the water is refreshingly cool. You will want some long pants and sweaters to keep you warm at night. Plan ahead, packing both casual and more formal attire for different evening activities.
With some planning and forethought, you will be able to pack a suitcase perfect for your beach vacation.

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