Where is your favorite place to relax on vacation?
Do you like snuggling under the covers of a comfy hotel bed and losing yourself in a great book?
Or finding a smoke-free perch near the campfire and watching the flames turn into glowing embers?
As much as I love those things, the best stress-reliever for me is a patch of sand, waves lapping on shore and a bag of good books.
When I head to the lake or the ocean, I don’t like to lug a big load. Just a few essentials to keep me from having to interrupt my beach time to dash back to my tent or room.
Krista’s Travel Beach Bag Essentials:
- bottle of water – all that sun and heat can dehydrate a body quickly, so I always bring plenty to drink.
- munchies – relaxing so earnestly can really work up an appetite! I like to bring wholesome but delicious things like salty roasted nuts and dried cherries.
- books – I usually bring two books from two different genres so I can switch back and forth as the mood strikes me. Agatha Christie is always good, but I like to mix it up with a great travelogue or a fun novel.
- hair elastic – windblown hair in the eyes really musses up a good reading experience.
- sunscreen – no amount of relaxation is worth an agonizing day or two from sunburn.
- sunglasses – squinting into the sunshine can bring on a headache quickly.
- camera – beaches just beg to be captured through pictures.
- ID – accidents happen and it’s always good to have something for folks to identify you with in case you need help.
We’re also pondering what our ideal beach would be.
Does “any beach at all” count? Whether I’m strolling a rain-swept beach in Ireland, snoozing on a sunny stretch of white sand in Australia or scouring a pebble-strewn shore for treasures in Washington, the effect is the same: peace, strength, joy.
So, dear folks, what is your ideal beach? And what do you carry in your beach bag?
For more great ideas from other travelers, pull up a chair over at The Travel Belles: Across the Cafe Table.