Everyone that knows me knows that I am totally and absolutely in love with the summer and the seaside. They also know that I travel very often. Because of this, I am trying to learn how to pack more efficient. In the past years, I improved a lot and from 32kg checked in and 10kg hand luggage, I decided to put it to an end. So I practice every time the art of light-essential packing. And this can apply to any kind of trip – from a business to a short-family one. Not only that packing properly means having to carry less kilos of useless clothes, but it means that you will be paying more attention while going through your wardrobe. It will also help you be more creative with less.
In the summer, my highest travelling priority is to go to the seaside almost every weekend. I never manage to do it, but I hit the beach as often as I can. And every time I go used to go, I end ended up with 3 different bags full of only my stuff. Given that I have a husband and a dog now and they have their own bags as well, I decided that from now on I want to be more organised with what I pack for the beach as well.
So I made a list with beach essentials. I tried to keep it as short as possible by taking things that have multiple uses, but also makes your life easier. Here it goes:
- Long and thin beach scarf – you can use it both on your sunbed (and it dries super-fast) and in case you want to cover up your body or head
- Sunscreen with (at least) medium SPF to use for both me and my dog – did you know dogs can get sunburnt too?
- A fake hide your valuables box – instead of having your phone, wallet, a lip balm, keys, a pen and so on everywhere around your bag, you can put all of them in one place. Not to mention it is meant to trick beach thieves. It should look like this. Just clean a bottle that is not transparent, cut it and then stash it with your valuables.
- A pair of sunglasses – try to make them somehow fit in the same way with your keys and wallet as I suggested above
- A plastic bag similar to the airport ones – use it to put in your headphones, a snack, a small pack of wet tissues and a small bottle of disinfectant
- Instead of wearing shorts and a t-shirt, go for a buttons or zipper thin and longer shirt – you can use it at the beach unzipped, but also feel covered enough if you decide to go somewhere for lunch
- A pair of flip-flops – they are indispensable!
- A backpack or a multi-pockets bag – I usually use a backpack because it has many pockets. Plus it fits more stuff than a normal bag and you can carry it easier if it is heavy. Oh, and some of them even have a special place for putting your bottle of water.
Next time you go to the beach, try to remember that you do not need to get everything with you. These essentials are the only things you will use anyway!