As the nights get cooler, and the sun sets earlier, you might be feeling like you aren’t quite ready for summer to end. Before the fall season is here, a beach paradise vacation may just be what you need to soak up those last few long, warm days. When preparing for this end of summer retreat, we all know that packing can be a nightmare. It’s stressful, time consuming, and something is always left behind. And, you never know exactly what to expect while on vacation. By following this list of 10 MUST HAVE items to bring on your paradise vacation you can, hopefully, be prepared for any and all situations you find yourself in while on your last end of summer celebration.
1. The Beach Tote
A cute beach tote is essential for your relaxing beach trip. Totes are a fashionable accessory to add your styled look, and they are perfect for carrying everything you’ll need for hitting the sand. Toss your sunscreen, sunglasses, journal, and more into this bag and you’ll be set for the day. It could even double for your carry on, fitting everything you need to reach when you’re en route to paradise.
2. Disposable Camera
A disposable camera is an item you wouldn’t think to bring on vacation, but is perfect for reflecting on the memories once you’re back home and the pictures are developed. Be sure to pack this with your carry on though as the film could get ruined if packed with your luggage. These days with social media and the urge to capture post-worthy pics for your Instagram it can be distracting and actually take away from being “in the moment”. Not being able to see what your photos look like right after the picture is taken reinforces you to snap the pic quickly and carry on enjoying your vacation. Plus, the natural grainy look of film pictures is aesthetically pleasing if you so desire to post them on your social media. Just save those pictures from the CD, and they’ll be ready to share online and show off that beach bod!
A journal is another item that many people wouldn’t automatically include on their packing list. Just like the disposable camera though, a journal is another way to capture the memories made on your trip. Admit it, months after your trip you won’t be able to remember every crazy, fun moment you experienced on your trip. However, if you journal it, and maybe even add some pictures, you can look back on your trip for the rest of your life and relive those happy moments while in paradise.
4. Summer Dresses
Summer dresses should be one of the first items you throw into your luggage. Summer dresses are not only cute and fashionable, but also convenient to throw over your bikini to go to-and-fro the beach. Summer dresses are also easy to find in stores or online, and maybe you’ll be able to find some on sale if this is your end of summer trip.
Earbuds/headphones are definitely a necessity on the flight and on your vacation. The anxiety-inducing loud engine calls for earbuds to cover that horrendous sound. Noise-cancelling headphones are even better. Plus, if you find yourself on the beach wanting to listen to some tunes, you can pull out those earbuds from your beach tote and vibe to some beachy tunes.
A good book will bring your beach paradise vacation to the next level. Picture yourself lying on the beach, the sound of the crashing waves in front of you, the warmth of the sun on your skin, and you’re reading a book that continues to draw you in from the first chapter. You won’t want to put it down. Here are some recommendations of non-stop reads : People You Meet on Vacation, Beach Read, They Both Die At The End, One Of Us Is Lying, and Everything Everything. Just remember to re-apply that sunscreen!
7. Skincare Products
A pamper night on a paradise vacation is a way to further relax while away. Whether you’re adventuring all day or lying on the sand, a pamper night with the right skincare is basically a necessity. When your skin is soaking up all those rays, moisturizing and soothing products will recover and protect your skin for the rest of the trip.
8. First Aid Kit
Yes, this is a boring item to bring with you, but it is really important for you to have this just in case of any emergencies. A first aid kit packed with plenty of bandaids, wipes, alcohol pads, ibuprofen, and other needed medications will come in handy if your adventure goes awry.
9. Going Out Fit
Whether you spend the day on the beach or swimming in the ocean, the sun will inevitably set. And with this comes the nightlife! Continuing the fun at dinner, a bar, or a club, a going out fit is needed. Something a bit more dressier than the bikini and summer dress combo. This can be your chance to dress up a little, show off that tan in a tight dress, a pair of heels, sleek hair, and dab on that makeup either for a chill dinner or a wild party.
And of course you can’t forget the most essential item to pack: swimsuits. Two pieces, one pieces, tankinis, or swim trunks, whatever it is that you prefer, this is THE item that you need. Bring more than one, (you’ll have different ones to change those picture looks) but remember those tan lines are gonna form with the first suit you put on!