What swimsuit should I bring? How many swimsuits should I bring?! How about a beach towel?
When planning a beach getaway, whether that be part of some fantastic Fiji holiday package or just an independent journey to Australia, questions — much like these — will roll through your head. But, don’t, pretty please, forget about packing the most important items: those required for sun protection!
Holla! This is the most obvious and yet most important item on this list. My tip would be the following: Even if you think you’ll be able to get some sunscreen on arrival, also bring a travel-sized tube to cover you until you can get to the shops. You just never know what will happen in between the airport and the beach!
Clothing with UV Protection
When not getting in the water, some good clothing with UV protection is the way to go. You can get athletic wear, t-shirts, pants and more with built-in UV protection for that extra levels of security.
Even beach goers can have extra protection with UV blocking rash guard shirts that make you look sporty and fun in the process.
>> Learn more about the Coolibar UPF 50+ beach cover-up (pictured left) on Amazon.
Your eyes are just as much affected by the sun as any other part of your body, so why would you not go all out when choosing the right shades?
When choosing the right sunglasses, you should watch out for both UVA and UVB protection, and it definitely doesn’t hurt to go for a shape that helps block the rays that come in the from the sides. I love some that have polarizing lenses because they not only block the brightness but also enhance certain colors; I never leave home now without my Maui Jims.
Wide-brimmed hats are best, and guess what, they look classy cute! Hats do wonders for protecting your scalp (you know, like where you would otherwise get sunburned on your hair’s part), ears, face and neck while also keeping the glare at a minimum.
Even if you’re not a hat fan, just remind yourself that keeping those rays off your face will make a huge difference in your appearance as you age.
Let’s face it. There’s nothing quite like laying on the beach and hearing the cool water beat against the shore. It’s soothing and relaxing. However, that can all be undone if you happen to get fried to a crisp in the process.
Beaches often lack any shade or cover from the sun, so if it’s a boiling hot day, then you’ll be boiled. For those that plan to spend a large amount of time at the beach, you may want to consider packing a little beach tent (they pack up quite small considering). These guys offer UV protection, but have one side open for maximum beach enjoyment. For those who love to sleep on the sand but not wake up a lobster.
Learn more about beach tents on Amazon >>
Beach holidays are awesome; warm weather and sunshine can really improve a person’s well-being and mood. If you’re not prepared, on the other hand, then you’ll be singing a completely different tune.
What else would you recommend for sun protection on a beach holiday?
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