Beach Break Essentials: Your Must-Have Suitcase Staples

Living in Miami Beach, I know what it takes to get through a weekend of sand and shore. If you’re planning a trip to the beach and wondering how to pack smart, try these tips and put that fifth pair of flip-flops back in the closet. Trust me, you don’t need them. 

The paper has been cancelled, the neighbors are feeding the cat, and the spare keys are in trusty hands. You can almost hear the sea calling you to a few days (or weeks) of escaping it all on a relaxing beach holiday. The last remaining obstacle between you and total bliss is the irritating but critical matter of what to pack.

According to a British Airways survey, Brits have a hard time when it comes to deciding on the items they simply can’t live without, with 90 percent admitting to not using a third of what they’ve packed for a one week holiday. Aside from taking up room that could have been devoted to essentials, all this extra luggage results in unnecessary excess baggage fees and extra carbon emissions.

To avoid over-packing, start with the absolute necessities. This means swimwear, a beach towel and, of course, sunscreen. The NHS recommends finding one that blocks both UVA and UVB with an SPF of at least 15, and using two tablespoons to cover your whole body when you’re wearing a swimsuit. You should also avoid the sun between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. when it’s at its strongest.

Once toiletries are out of the way, it’s time to focus on the fun part: clothes. You may be anticipating long days spent lying on a beach, but when the sun has set it’s time to ditch the shorts and dress up. A floral sundress is perfect for a casual but elegant evening out, and the selection of linen trousers available at isme offer a smart and stylish alternative take on holiday wear. Beach holidays are all about relaxing, so arrange your perfect outfit while you pack and you won’t need to worry about looking good.

Finally, lying immobile on the beach may sound like bliss when you’re confronted with a mountain of chores, but make sure you remember to pack something to pass the time. Whether you tackle Middlemarch or a glossy magazine, some light (or otherwise) reading can only improve hours of relaxation.

Everyone dreads it, but packing doesn’t have to be chore. By starting with the essentials you’ll know just how much room is left for the extras, until all that’s left to do is to triple check that you’ve got the passports and get ready to relax.