As we make our way into the summer months (finally), many of us have vacations booked up and are counting down the days until we get away. But while we are eagerly anticipating our holidays months in advance, many of us tend to leave packing until last minute. (Which isn't a great idea!) Not only do you place a lot of pressure on yourself to get everything folded and placed in your suitcase, but you don’t leave yourself any time for shopping if you realise that you need extra items. So, it’s important that you motivate yourself to start organising your belongings well in advance. Here are a few essentials that you should ensure you have before you head to the airport!
Perhaps the first thing to tick off on your beachwear shopping list is swimwear. Whether you intend to spend hours splashing about in the pool and sea or want to steer clear of the water altogether and spend the bulk of your time kicking back on a sunlounger or in a hammock, you’re likely to spend the majority of your vacation in swimwear. It’ll be the first thing you reach for in the morning and will remain on until you head back indoors for the evening. So you’re going to want to make sure that the different swimwear you have looks good! What’s more? You want to ensure that it’s high-quality. There’s plenty of cheap swimwear out there, but while it may look good at first glance, you may find that its shape warps or colours run when you come into contact with water. So invest. Generally speaking, it’s recommended that you have one piece of swimwear for every three days’ worth of vacation, so pack accordingly.
Bikinis tend to be the most popular form of swimwear. These two pieces maximise your skin exposure, meaning that you tan in more areas than if you were wearing a full swimsuit. They dry off more quickly when you’ve been in the water and make your way back out, leaving you soggy for a shorter period of time. They are also a little more convenient when it comes to taking trips to the toilet. If you want to minimise your packing, look for designs that can be mixed and matched, meaning that you can have two different looks from one bikini top and two bottoms.
While the bikini may currently reign supreme in the swimwear category, swimsuits do remain relatively popular. While they may cover up more skin, they can be used as statement pieces, especially if they have interesting designs. Consider strappy options with cutouts for days when you’re not going to be out in the sun as much. This means that the eye-catching designs won’t have as high a chance of leaving you with questionable tan lines. Swimsuits are also a great option for excursions such as snorkelling, as they give you a little more coverage should you accidentally brush up against coral.
Shorts are a staple when it comes to hot weather. Unlike dresses and skirts, they give you the freedom to be a lot more active without accidentally exposing yourself. They are also, well… short, meaning that your legs are exposed, which is perfect for tanning and keeping cool at the same time. Now, there are various different types of shorts that you could consider. First, you should ensure that you have a reliable pair of denim shorts. These are so versatile. They’ll look just as appropriate on the beach as they will in restaurants for breakfast, lunch, and dinner or taking a stroll through the local town in the days and evenings. Brands such as Wrangler jeans tend to guarantee high-quality denim, flattering cuts, and longevity. Another type of short that you might want to invest in for your vacation is loose fitting linen shorts. Linen is a real breathe easy fabric and is perfect for a casual look. These can easily be slipped on over swimwear, so are a brilliant convenience piece.
If you’re staying in an all-inclusive resort, you will want to make the most of your privileges by popping in and out of the all-inclusive buffet and snack bars. But many complexes are now requesting that guests wear clothes rather than swimwear when making use of these facilities. This is where cover-ups come in extremely useful. They slip on over your swimwear and are lightweight and comfortable.
Of course, you’re going to take along more belongings when you do head away. But these are just a few bits and bobs that you should seriously consider including in your suitcase!