10.17.2008

Beach Getaway Essentials

Planning to go on that next beach getaway? Here's a quick list for your must-haves to make sure you have a hassle-free holiday at your fave beach getaway:
  • Your favorite swimwear. Of course, no one would go to the beach without their favorite bikini or board shorts. Pick the items that suit your figure best. You wouldn't want to waste precious travel photos on bad angles, would you?
  • Flip flops. Pretty much another given, this is the most comfortable form of footwear for the beach. For rocky beaches, wear your flip flops to avoid getting a wound from sharp rock or coral edges.
  • Sunglasses. I know this is an essential but sometimes I forget to bring my sunglasses to my trips. There are times when I misplace it on the way to the beach. It's a good thing that in Boracay, there are a lot of vendors selling cheap sunglasses for your use. For other beaches, you wouldn't have this luxury so make sure you include this in your bag.
  • Toiletries. Cover the basics like shampoo, conditioner, body wash, toothbrush and toothpaste. I'd suggest you bring a bigger size of conditioner. You'd need it to soften your hair after a day at the beach. 
  • Extra clothes. You won't know how many times you'll get wet with all that water around you. Make sure you bring extra clothes to accomodate extra swimming trips.
  • Beach bag. If you plan to stay at your beach getaway for a couple of days, then bring a smaller beach bag or tote to take with you to the beach. This is very useful, especially if you plan to go island hopping or if your hotel is a bit far from the beachfront.
  • Sunblock. Never go to the beach without some sun protection. It's the least that you could do to protect your skin from the sun's harmful rays.
  • Sarong. According to Wikipedia, the sarong is a large sheet of fabric worn around as a skirt by men and women in various parts of Asia. More than this, the sarong could be used as a beach towel, bikini coverup and even a dress when knotted properly. It's very useful when you want to walk around the beach covered up after sunbathing or swimming.
  • Your best camera. Bring an underwater camera if you have! Document, document, document your adventure. You wouldn't want to waste your beach getaway memories. For sites with rich marine life, take underwater photos to capture your moments.
  • A good book. In a technology-flooded world, we often neglect simple joys like curling up in a nice spot and take the chance to chance up on one's reading. I'd recommend a good book over a laptop for the beach because it will allow you to enjoy the environment more. Bringing a laptop would make you feel like you're not on a beach getaway at all, since it's so easy to find a connection to go online.
  • Snacks and drinks. This depends on what kind of location your beach getaway is. If it's a crowded beach like Boracay, then there are lots of stores that you could find for your hunger needs. However, if your beach getaway is a bit remote and you couldn't find a single store in your radius, then it's best to bring some food with you to prevent a hunger strike.
That pretty much sums up all the beach getaway essentials. For the music lovers and those who don't mind a little luxury, you could also opt to bring an IPod dock so you could enjoy the beach with good music. 

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5 comments:

Mai da Paypay said...

i'm going to need this! we're spending new year in boracay and i'm panicking because i don't have beach stuff yet...waaahhh!!! :-(

Mitz said...

it's okay mai. you have a few months pa :)

Dinh Trung said...

Hi Mai,

Thanks for your shares.
Have a nice weekend !

Dinh Trung

Chard said...

Mitz! Great travel blog!

It's good to know you've been traveling a lot. Oy, wag mo kalimutan yung Bali trip natin next year! Gil is already looking for good fare rates.

Hope to see you soon when you go back here in Manila. God bless and keep the site going :)

Mitz said...

hey chard! it's great to hear from you. of course naman, punta tayong bali next year. game naman ako always for travel. :D

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