• 5 items every girl should pack on her beach trip

    2017-06-09

    All female beach-goers know that packing for an ocean-side vacation requires specific items. This includes more than just a bathing suit and towel, as the warm weather brings with it a batch of new summer trends and must-have accessories.

    If you're planning a seaside journey, make sure that you don't leave out any of the must-have items for a successful vacation. As you pack, focus on everything from protecting your skin from the sun to the bag you want to carry.

    1. Summer clothing
    Packing summer clothing means more than simply throwing a few blouses and shorts into your bag. Get into the spirit of the season with classic beachy attire. Conde Nast Traveler noted that regardless of which beach you're traveling to, the preppy look always works. Bring shirts with stripes and nautical colors like red, navy blue and white. Paired with some casual jean shorts and thong sandals, you'll feel and look great under the sun.

    Sun dresses are also ideal because they're light, comfortable and trendy in the summer. They're also great because they serve as both a casual cover up after a long day at the beach and an outfit for dinner in the evening.

    2. Stylish accessories
    A hat is essential for protecting your head from the sun. A classic sun hat, fedora or a Panama hat are stylish options. However, large hats like these can be difficult to pack in a bag, it may be worth it to buy one when you're there as your souvenir.

    Other classic accessories like wayfarers or a sailor knot bracelet are trendy yet casual and can really spruce up an outfit.

    3. Tote bag
    A tote can serve as both your beach bag and a carry-on if you're flying to your destination. There are bags that have internal pockets for more delicate items like your electronic devices and money. Belongings like these will be at risk of water damage during your beach trips, so having them tucked safely away in a space separate from your towel and water bottle is the best way to ensure nothing happens to them. USA Today also recommended bringing small travel containers that are watertight for enhanced protection from sun and water damage.

    Choose a tote with a shoulder strap so carrying it is convenient when it's heavy. This is especially important if you intend on carrying your bag on the plane, as you'll probably want to fill it with as much as you can to save space in your luggage.

    4. Sunscreen and moisturizer
    Sunscreen is one of the most important items to take with you. If you're afraid of the bottle exploding in your suitcase, you can seal it in a plastic bag or simply buy some when you arrive at your destination. Don't focus too much on saving room in your bag for makeup because chances are you won't be wearing it when you're lying out at the beach. It's also a good idea to pack moisturizer, as UV rays will likely dry out your skin, especially if this is your first time in the sun after an extended period of time.

    5. Outerwear
    It might not be the first thing on your mind as you pack for your trip, but remind yourself that it's necessary to pack warmer clothing articles like a cardigan and a light jacket for the evenings. Once the sun goes down, exploring your destination in a sun dress or sleeveless shirt might be uncomfortable. If you're only staying for a few days, save space in your suitcase and pack one neutral throw over or cardigan that will match all of your outfits.

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