The beach holiday is everyone’s dream break. The sun, sand and sparkling seas, the relaxation time and peace and quiet. The unwritten rule that you must use this time to chill out and just reconnect with yourself.Beach holidays are supposed to be easy and relaxed, but it can take a little bit of planning and preparation to get there. We have put together some beach holiday travel tips and advice to make the planning part stress free.
With our help, you can be on your relaxing holiday sooner, and in the right frame of mind from the beginning.
The Beachside Collective’s Easy and Relaxing list of Beach Holiday Travel Tips
Make a list
Some people LOVE being delegated the job of packing master, while others are more forced into the role kicking and screaming. Either way, packing needs to be done – and if you want it done right, you have to do it yourself – amiright?
Take a lesson from Santa on this one – make a list and check it twice. Make your list at least a few days before you need to pack to give you time to review it, add things you’ve forgotten, and go shopping for anything you are missing. Ideally, you make the list a week or two before you are leaving.
There is a great template list here
If you are flying
There will be some absolute essentials you need to take if you are flying somewhere, especially if you are travelling overseas. Things like sunscreen and thongs you can pick up anywhere, but these you must have packed in your bag to go:
- Passports and ID
- Copies of any tickets/reservations/transfers
- Money/exchanged currency/credit cards
- Any medication, ensuring that it is labelled
- Contraception if needed
If you are travelling with a baby, check with your airline to see what items you can take on the plane – some will include these in the ticket price. Some will allow a baby carrier or stroller to be taken along with your regular luggage.
Put a beach bag together with the day trip essentials
And then leave that bag alone. Take things out to use them, wash them etc, then put them back ready for the next beach trip.
We particularly love the Grey Wolf bag from Cub and Scout; it looks good, is sturdy and easy to clean, has heaps of space and pockets, and even stands up on its own when you need it to.
In this bag you may want to put:
- Antibacterial wipes
- Hand sanitiser
- A small first aid kit
- Snacks that travel well (pretzels, muesli bars, rice crackers)
- A couple of bottles of water
- A couple of snap-lock bags to keep sand out of any valuables
- A hat for every person in your family
- Floaties for anyone who needs them
- A rug or beach blanket
- Change of underwear or nappies for any little ones not yet toilet trained
This way you don’t have to keep repacking the beach bag and stressing about what is in it every time you go.
The fun stuff list
Your beach holiday is supposed to be fun and relaxing – right? Being well prepared is part of that, as is bringing a few comforts of home. Just because you are on the beach doesn’t mean you want to be uncomfortable, overheated or get sand in weird places.
Time to think of fun, comfort and luxury for this list – you are going on a well-deserved break after all.
- Bucket and spade if you have little ones
- Things that sink and float for various water games such as sinkies, balls or frisbees.
- Boogie boards or pool noodles
A beach cart is a fabulous accessory
Think of an Italian beachside in a vintage movie – and go classic and classy with your shade options. We love the unique prints on umbrellas like this Cool Cat print from Camilla, or you may also like the quirky shape of the gorgeous beach tent range from Lovin Summer.
We adore this innovative Sand Pillow as an easy beach seat. It is lightweight and folds up small when empty, but when you are at the beach fill the base with sand and the headrest insert with air, and you have an instant seat. Then just empty it again and fold up to go home.
Always swim in patrolled areas. Keep an eye on anyone who is not a strong swimmer and closely supervise your children.
Make sure everyone stays hydrated and protected from the sun especially in the hottest parts of the day. Don’t overdo alcohol and swimming, and make sure that someone knows where you are.
If you are unsure, check with hotel staff about safe beach spots to go to.
Use sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and a t-shirt or rashy, and have shade such as an umbrella or a spot under the trees. Reapply sunscreen every couple of hours.
Beach Holiday Travel Tips: Try not to overthink it
The best way to have a great beach holiday is to not overthink it.
If possible, try not to stress too hard about your beach holiday preparation. Unless you are on a desert island, almost anything you forget can be replaced – you don’t need to be so prepared that you have thought of everything.
Go with the flow a little bit and teach yourself to relax. If you have forgotten something, that is ok. The chilled out boho vibe is probably why you planned this holiday in the first place – so, take a deep breath and chill out.