If you’re planning to take your next vacation to the beach, there’s more to this trip than just throwing your swimsuit in a suitcase and headed toward the sand. To have a great beach experience, you need to do a little more planning and prep work when it comes to packing for the occasion.
To help you in doing this, here are three packing tips for those planning on vacationing at the beach in the near future.
Consider Using A Car-Top Carrier
While packing for any vacation requires you to bring a lot of stuff with you, packing for a beach vacation generally means you’ll be needing to bring additional items that you’d normally leave at home.
Because of this, you might notice that your suitcases and your car get filled up quickly. So to help ensure that you have enough room for everything you’ll need to tote along, Red Ashton, a contributor to USA Today, recommends that you consider using a car-top carrier to help store all your belongings. A carrier can help you keep all your sandy or wet items separate from everything else in your car.
Not only will this give you more room for everything you’re bringing, but it will also help to keep the inside of your car clearer, which can be a safety hazard if you wind up getting into a car accident.
Plan For Sun Safety
If you’ll be spending all day every day hanging out at the beach, it’s important that you’re prepared for the amount of time you’ll be spending under the sun. Especially if you have young kids, sun safety can make or break your entire vacation.
According to Chris Gray Faust, a contributor to Smarter Travel, you should be sure to pack things like sunscreen, lip balm, sunglasses, hats, umbrellas and more to help keep yourself out of the sun and limit the damaging effects that the sun’s rays can have on your body.
Think About What You’ll Need When Heading Back From The Beach
While most people planning their beach vacation remember to bring all the things you’ll need for spending time at the beach, what many people forget about is how they’ll get all this gear back to their car or into their suitcase without getting everything else sandy and soaked.
To help with this, Suzanne Rowan Kelleher, a contributor to Trip Savvy, recommends that you pack all your beach gear in waterproof totes that have zippers. This will help to keep the sand exactly where you want it.
Bringing along plastic bags will also help create a barrier between your wet and sandy items. And if you’re worried about tracking sand back into the car with you, consider putting baby powder on your legs and feet before getting into the sand, as it will then easily brush off at the end of the day.
If you’re trying to plan and pack for your upcoming beach trip, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you ensure you have all your bases covered.