If you’re like most people, you’re dreaming of a vacation right about now. Not just any vacation, though – you want something so relaxing, so sun-soaked and care-free that you forget all about this past year.
Get ready for the inevitable Post-COVID beach vacation boom, as people all around the world emerge from their homes, where they’ve been dutifully isolating, ready to make up for lost time.
Just one word of advice: In your haste to book tickets and secure accommodation, don’t lose sight of preparations. The last thing you want is to arrive at your destination ill-prepared, poorly dressed and overpacked. In this short guide, you’ll find a checklist to follow before you hit the beach.
Pack the Right Clothing
Too often, beachgoers assume that any clothing – as long as it’s light enough – will be good enough. Sadly, that’s not the case.
Popular fabrics like cotton and polyester don’t mix well with the intense heat of many beach destinations. Instead, load your luggage up with merino wool. Yes, it sounds strange (how can wool work in warm weather?), but it works.
Unlike other kinds of wool, merino wool is breathable, sweat-wicking, ultra-fine and antimicrobial. In other words, it keeps you airy and free of odours. Pack a couple of merino wool polo shirts and shorts – because they stay fresh for a long time, you only need a couple of items to last the whole trip.
Additionally, include the following items:
- Swim trunks
- Sandals or flip-flops
- A hat
- A summery pair of pants (jeans or chinos work fine) and a light merino wool sweater for chilly evenings
With a few basics that stay fresh for longer, you should be able to fit it all into one carry-on, which will save you money at the airport.
Choose Your Beach Accessories Wisely
Yes, you can bring a personal towel and beach towel, but should you? If you’re lodging at a resort or hotel, chances are they’ll have all you need for a day in the sand. In that case, packing towels is overly cautious, at best – and a waste of precious luggage space, at worst.
In addition to your regular clothing and toiletry, a portion of your packing should be devoted to sun safety. Grab your favourite pair of sunglasses – bonus points if they’re polarized. Pack the right SPF sunscreen – at least 30 SPF, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. And make sure your sunscreen is both “broad spectrum” and water-resistant.
Before You Travel…
Many warm-weather destinations are home to mosquito-spread and foodborne diseases. To keep yourself safe and ensure you don’t spend the entire vacation cowering over a toilet, get the requisite vaccinations.
Check out whether your destination has a high risk of diseases like malaria, dengue fever, Japanese encephalitis, etc., and vaccinate accordingly. For foodborne illness, combine prevention (i.e. avoid eating at places that look unsanitary) with an oral vaccine (Dukoral is a popular choice).
With the right clothing, accessories, sun protection and vaccines, your post-COVID beach getaway is guaranteed to be fun, fashionable and safe.