Wednesday, May 23, 2012

What to pack when you go to: The beach

This is the 5th post in the May edition of the RANDOM Magazine

It's summer or almost is, the sun is at its height and the temperature is rising- time to go to the nearest beach! Relaxing and fun, the beach is one of the best places to be during summer. All you have to do is get some fun-loving beach buddies(or go by yourself to get some alone time), pack your bag and go! But wait, what should you pack??? Today I will show you what are the 25 beach essentials to pack and how to find your perfect swimsuit.

What to pack:

What to pack when you go to the beach

1. Swimsuit

Swimsuit, the most important item to bring to the beach. There are millions of swimsuits, but how do you find YOURS? Here is a small guide:

One-piece or two piece? 

One-piece if: You're in for the swimming or you're not comfortable in 2 piece. It's much safer so you don't end up losing your top or it rising up. 

Two-piece if: You're just going to relax, tan, or just spend time with your girlfriends.

You can still wear a 2-piece for swimming but a 1-piece is more ideal and you can still wear a 1-piece for lounging.

Swimsuit for your body

If you're long or tall
  • Try horizontal stripes or nappy fabrics
  • Try bright colors
  • Try a bikini
  • Try a cut-out one-piece
  • Try boy shorts or those cute ruffle skirted bikinis
  • Avoid vertical stripes, high necklines, and dark, solid colors
If you have short legs or torso or are petite
  • Try a suit cut high on the thigh
  • Try vertical stripes
  • Try a solid bottom bikini and a printed top
  • Try a solid, one-piece with a plunging neckline
  • Avoid boy shorts and those skirted bikinis
If you're big on top
  • Try halter-top bikinis
  • Try a one-piece with structure in the bust, like foam cups
  • Avoid strapless bandeau tops and those tiny tri-tops.
If you're small on top
  • Try bikini tops with padding, under-wire, or demi-bra style.  
  • Try those cute ruffled tops, bandeau tops, or tri-tops. 
  • Avoid tops with too much fabric or have a poor fit

2. Over-sized Floppy Hat 

It looks beautiful and covers your face from the sun.

3. Flip-Flops

Comfortable, cute, and perfect for the beach

4. Over-sized Beach Bag

Stylish and fits everything you need!

5. A cute Cover-up

Beautiful, stylish, and comfortable- these make perfect beach cover-ups

6. A summer dress

Whether worn as a cover-up or after you swim, a summer dresses is stylish, breezy, and of course- summery!

7. Goggles

When you swim, you should always wear goggles. You can see the sea clearly, it keeps your eyes safe, and prevents you from getting red eyes.

8. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are stylish and great when you're relaxing at the beach.

9. Sarong

They are the most versatile thing you can bring to the beach, they can be used as a cover-up, towel, hammock, or just to dust of the sand at the end of the day.

10. Colorful Beaded Necklace

Pretty and trendy a colorful beaded necklace is great for the beach.

11. Bright colored cuff or bangle

Summer-y and cute, these are a must-have accessory.

12. High SPF Sunblock

A tan looks good but it won't stay forever! If you don't apply sunblock, you might get wrinkles or even worse- skin cancer! 

13. Lip-protector

Keeps your lips from drying, getting burned by the sun, and looks cute!

14. Beach Spray for your hair

If you keep your lips safe, you should keep your hair safe as well.

15. Face Spray

Not only good for your skin, but refreshing as well.

16. Beach Towel

Whether your going to lie on it or dry yourself with it, a beach towel is a must.

17. Foldable Beach Chair

A foldable chair makes relaxing at the beach even easier.

18. Waterproof Mascara

You don't want your mascara to wash away do you?

19. Ipod

Even though the sea waves sound great, it's nice to hear some chilling music like Colbie Caillat or Jason Mraz, or Bob Marley

20. Strawberries or fruit

Nice to snack on and is very healthy.

21. Camera

Create some memories at the beach and bring along a camera- just make sure not to get it wet!

22. Bottle of Water

Keep yourself hydrated and refreshed with some water.

23. Lemonade

Like water, you can bring lemonade to keep yourself refreshed and hydrated.

24. A Book

Bring a nice, easy-read book to keep you entertained.

25. A Fashion Magazine

Not into reading? Me too! If you don't feel like brining a book, bring a new fashion magazine to keep up-to-date and entertained.

CLUE: She was born and raised in Houston, Texas.

That's all, thanks for reading!
Love, Hannah...<3

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