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Every year, millions of people trade in their vacation time for a few days of rest and relaxation on one of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Basking in the sun, exfoliating in the sand, taking in the sights and wading in the cool waters is the perfect recipe for unwinding, unplugging, appreciating nature and letting go. This year you have finally decided to experience the pleasures of beaching-it for yourself. However, to ensure that you have the ultimate beach vacation, you must first prepare.

Practical Preparation Tips for the Ultimate Beach Vacation:

Book your vacation: The first thing that you need to do is to actually book the vacation. Start scouting the web for the best deals on flights, hotel rooms and car rentals months ahead of time. Do not be sold on the good prices alone – be sure to read the reviews and thoroughly research the hotel or resort before committing – nothing can ruin a vacation quicker than low-quality lodging.

Personal care items: Remember to pack all of the personal care items you will need to save yourself from having to buy. Pack your sunscreen, SPF lip balm, toothpaste and brush, deodorant, lotion, hair care products, UV ray shielding sunglasses, breath mints and comb.

Emergency preparedness: It is important that you are prepared for the typical emergencies that may present itself while you are on your vacation. Pack any prescription medications you may need as well as extra money and extra clothing. Pack a first-aid kit with bandages, aloe vera gel, antiseptic, bug repellant, pain medication and tweezers. Additionally, you should carry jugs of water and travel-friendly foods such as protein bars, nuts and dried fruit.

Beach carts: Packing beach carts and accessories such as coolers can save you from making tedious treks through the sand with your beach gear. You can load the cart and coolers up with your towels, umbrellas, chairs, drinks, radio, beach balls and other such items. Many high-quality beach carts come equipped with industrial size wheels that can easily glide through both wet and dry sand.

Stylish beach-wear: Maintaining proper style should be a priority in every aspect of life because high style translates high self-value and high self-confidence and looking good on the outside can make you feel good on the inside. A few examples of stylish beachwear would be solid print bikinis or tankinis, boy -short bathing suits and high cut vintage-style pieces. For the fellas – loose fitting swimming trunks in neutral tones and surf style T-shirts will do. Additionally, you can accessorize with cute, water-friendly sandals, sun hats and visors. Ladies, don’t forget your belly rings, waist belts and beaded barefoot sandals.

Tech-items: Although one of the best parts about beaching-it is unplugging from digital and embracing the beauty of nature, it is important to pack a few tech items such as your camera, phone and charger to stay connected and also to take obscene amounts of videos and pictures.

The purpose behind taking a break is so that you can put a pause on the stresses, worries and demands of daily life. If you do not properly prepare for your vacation beforehand, you will return home with more complaints and happy memories, so be prepared and go have the time of your life.