Spending a day at the beach is the ultimate reward you can give yourself after a particularly exhausting week at work. Lounging near the beach or pool will help you forget all the stress and worries you have. You will literally feel all your anxieties wash away once you take a refreshing dip in cool, clear water.
Although the described imagery is already enough to encourage you to start packing your swimwear, you will surely have an even more enjoyable, relaxing time at a beach club with some additional planning and preparation.
If you want to get the most out of a leisurely day trip (say, to a private beach in Abu Dhabi), then follow the tips below:
1. Plan your trip well
If you are spending the day with your family or friends, take time to plan the trip properly.
Since you are part of a large group, make arrangements relating to the number of cars to bring and who will ride in each vehicle. Arrive at a group decision on what time you want to arrive at the beach and how everyone will be staying. Additionally, compute backward to figure out the best time to leave your home and head back from the resort.
Lastly, discuss the matter of what snacks and beverages to bring with everyone. And if you will be eating on the road, it would be best to plan your stopovers now as well.
2. Choose the right clothes
Although you will be spending only one day at the beach club or resort, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t put some thought into the clothes you need to bring.
Aside from packing your swimsuit and beach cover-up, bring an extra change of clothes. Make sure you choose clothes that are comfortable and easy to wear. And if you plan on leaving the beach club late in the afternoon or early evening, bring a sweater or pashmina to cover your shoulders.
When you have an extra set of clothes, you will be prepared for any side trips you may suddenly take.
Additionally, don’t forget to pack good footwear. Bring your flip-flops or water shoes as well as an extra pair of comfy, light shoes.
If you have kids, tell them to pack the same items. In case your kids are younger, help them choose and pack their clothes.
3. Plan to get sufficient protection from the sun
Nobody wants to bring home a bad case of sunburn after a day at the beach. So make sure you bring a bottle of sunscreen with at least 15 SPF that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Bring more than one bottle for your kids to use, too.
And to avoid getting a sunburn, remember to reapply sunscreen frequently, especially after taking a dip in the beach or pool.
In addition, don’t forget to bring sunglasses and wide-brimmed beach hats. They will provide your face and eyes additional protection from the sun.
4. Prepare a first aid kit
If you don’t have a first aid kit in the car, prepare one before the trip. If you already have one, make sure to inspect its contents.
A first aid kit is important in ensuring that anyone who gets hurt gets immediate, temporary relief. This will definitely come in handy while you’re on the road.
Your first aid kit should have:
- An assortment of bandages (including adhesives or band-aids, roller bandages, gauze pads, and medical tape)
- Antibiotic ointment
- Non-latex gloves
- Medicines (pain relief pills, antihistamines, anti-diarrhea, and other over-the-counter medications you and your family use frequently)
5. Don’t forget to bring the essentials
Lastly, bring your cash and credit or debit card since you may want to buy something at the beach club or while on the road. Also, place beach towels and toiletry basics like shampoo and soap in your bag, especially if you are unsure if these will be provided by the beach club.
Bring beach balls, beach toys, and floaters for your kids’ entertainment as well.
If you only want to relax by the pool or beach, don’t forget to pack a book and a mobile device for listening to music.
Additionally, bring several empty plastic bags. Use them for keeping valuables dry and sand-free. Place your wet swimsuits in these bags when it’s time to head home.
Finally, don’t forget your phone and/or camera and chargers if you want to take lots of photos recording your amazing time at the beach club with your loved ones.
By taking the time to plan and prepare for your day at the beach, you and your companions will enjoy every minute you spend there even more.
Soraya Abdul Azis is the Marketing Manager for Saadiyat Beach Club in the UAE, the very first beach club on Saadiyat where guests can enjoy and celebrate a world of fine living, health, and well-being. Soraya has worked in Design, Advertising, and PR in Dubai and Beirut for the past 4 years