“She sells seashells on the seashore”. With the beach season coming, everybody is dreaming about relaxing in the sand and listening to the soothing waves. A warm sunny day at the beach is everyone’s favourite whether you are six or sixty. Your priorities on the beach may change from building sandcastles to reading a book, but no one can resist the charms of the seashore. Here are some tips to keep in mind before planning a beach vacation:
Check the weather forecast
You might be expecting a bright summer’s day, but many times the weather gods love playing tricks. You don’t really want it to rain on your day in the sun. Or have a heat stroke if the temperatures are going to rise exponentially. Avoid this conundrum and check the weather forecast before heading to the beach.
Make sure you are sun safe with the right sunscreen for your skin type. If you are planning to be on the beach for longer, remember to reapply. However strong your sunscreen may be, it will not last for more than 4 hours. Another thing to carry is sunglasses to protect your eyes. If you are planning to snorkel or swim in the sea, do apply a leave-in conditioner to protect your hair.
Bring a beach bag and a towel
A waterproof beach bag is always a good idea. Not only will you be able to store your wet clothes but it is also easy to wash after your beach trip. Another addition to the packing list is a beach towel to wipe yourself after a dip in the sea.
Pack your swimwear
Wear something comfortable and appropriate for the beach you are visiting. A two-piece might be alright for a tourist spot like Goa, but a coverup will be required for a religious place like the golden beach of Puri. Research a bit beforehand about the beach you are visiting to avoid disappointment.
Bring some munchies
It never hurts to carry some snacks, especially if you are travelling with children. Or even if you are not, you might appreciate the extra help when you are feeling peckish after a swim. Some beaches have vendors who sell snacks, but some don’t.
Carry extra clothes
Even if you are not planning to get into the water, the sand can stick to clothes and make you uncomfortable. Children especially can get cranky with particles of sand sticking to their clothes. A change of clothes after beach playtime can make the ride back to your resort much more enjoyable.
Don’t forget your first aid box
You don’t want a cut, a scape or a fall ruining your beach trip. Make sure you carry a fully stocked up first aid kit. Whether it is an anti-nausea medication for a family member after some watersports or a band-aid for your stubbed toe, a first aid kit comes handy.
Entertain yourself and your little one
Depending on your company, you can plan to carry some items for your entertainment. A few beach toys can make your beach day with your toddler so much more fun, a good book if relaxation is on your mind or the right playlist if it is a trip with your friends.
Choosing the right beach
Each beach trip has a charm of its own. Depending on which season you are travelling in, and how far you are willing to travel, India has its pick of beaches. From crowd-pleasing Goa to the lesser known beaches of Karwar, you are spoilt for choice. Do you want to camp on the beach? Are you looking for water sports? Based on your requirements you can pick one that both you and your family enjoy.
What kind of a beach person are you? If you are done with the usual and are looking for a change, we recommend the pristine beaches of Karwar. The port town of Karwar is perfect for those seeking calm and gentle waves. It is also well connected by the Konkan Railway network to major cities like Bengaluru, Mysore and Goa.
The next time you want to plan a beach vacation, don’t forget to stay at a Sterling resort for the best holiday experience!