Summer may be months away, but it’s never too early to start daydreaming about a beach vacation. When prepping for a season full of beach trips, whether for days or weeks, here’s a quick list of what to pack for your getaway.
As the most obvious inclusion on this list, don’t forget to either wear your swimsuit under or as part of your clothes, or pack it separately. Bring a separate plastic bag for your wet suit after a day of swimming.
Another no-brainer is the first line of defense against the sun. Bring a sunscreen with a high SPF factor and remember to apply and reapply often.
Some may see stuffing a hat into a backpack as a nuisance and waste of space, but once you’re on the beach and roasting in the sun, having to continually block out the rays from your eyes using your hands, you’ll be happy to slap on a hat with brims to do this for you.
Snacks and Drinks
Forgo the pricey beachside snack shacks and bring your own food instead. Pack a cooler with fruit, water and sandwiches that need to be kept cool, and pack a separate bag for dry snacks, like nuts, chips and crackers.
Something to Do
Load up your phone with podcasts, music or e-books for a relaxing day of listening in the sun, or pack a few books or magazines to pass the time.
Waterproof Bluetooth Speaker
Turn up your beach party with a waterproof speaker, and make sure your Spotify playlists are loaded with your favorite tunes.
In case all your electronics mentioned above lose battery life, plug them into your portable battery pack for a day full of charge.
Few things in life are as unappealing as smelly shoes. There’s something about the distinctive odor of stanky feet that’s almost vomit-inducing. When you’re traveling, the stench can really sneak up you. Here are some tips for keeping your shoes fresh and ready to stroll.
For most of us, time in the car is “me time.” You can listen to that podcast you’re captivated by, blast that pop song and sing along at the top of your lungs or listen to the next chapter in that biography e-book you’re almost finished. A road trip only amplifies those opportunities. So, next time you’re traveling by road, take the wheel and take control. Opt for a rental car on your next vacation, rather than a rideshare, taxi or public transportation, and enjoy the open road on your own terms.
Barcelona’s insane popularity and large influx of visitors as of late may have some travelers steering away from the Mediterranean coastal city, but just outside the overpopulated center of the city, known as Ciutat Vella, are quieter neighborhoods that offer more of a local feel and don’t come with exorbitant tourist prices. El Poble-Sec is one such area that rests between the towering Montjuic park and the Old Town, making it a nice escape but still close enough to access the sights.
Dining is an art, and now that applies to both on the ground and at 35,000 feet thanks to Hainan Airlines’ “Hai Chef” Inflight Artistic Chinese cuisine series, a collaboration with Dong Zhenxiang, a Chinese culinary master also known as Dadong.
In food capitals like New York City, foodie crazes seem to rise and set as quickly as the sun, but one trend that has endured for awhile now is the city’s penchant for regional Chinese cuisine, and the East Village is home to some of the city’s top spots for sampling your way through several of these regions.