Beach towels are bulky and take longer to dry. Therefore, I highly recommend picking one or two microfiber travel towels. These have incredible absorptive power, are lightweight, and do not take up too much space. Plus, they dry very fast.
Don’t go thinking that you need to pack sunscreen only when you travel to a sunny or tropical destination, like Bali or the Philippines. UV rays are everywhere, and they are merciless. Even when you’re surfing in a wetsuit, your face is still exposed.
Do not underestimate the sun. Apply sunscreen, regardless of the weather. When it’s sunny, do not use anything under SPF 50. I recommend using a zinc-based sunscreen for both your face and body. It is usually thick and sticks to your skin. It is also visible on your body, making it easy to know when to reapply.
First aid kit
A first aid kit should always be on your packing checklist, regardless of the length of your stay. An open cut might not sound as tragic, but it can keep you out of the water. Your first aid kit should include the following:
- Water-resistant plasters
- Ear and eye drops
- Pain relievers
- Anti-inflammatory medication
- Medication to treat dehydration
- Medicine to treat indigestion and diarrhea
- Ear drops
- Eye drops
- Insect repellent
Don’t leave home without the essential documents that you cannot hop in the car or board on the plane without. Including your ID, driver’s license, and travel insurance, you might need a passport and a visa too. Make sure that your passport has at least six months of validity. Do your research on visa requirements well in advance. For some countries, you might also need vaccinations. Don’t forget to make copies of all your relevant documents!
Other items you can pack
Of course, you should not forget about clothes and toiletries. And you can include other things on your list, especially if you have enough room to spare. An international charger will come in handy, and so will a good book to keep you company. To immortalize those special moments on the trip, bring along a waterproof camera, like a GoPro.
Last but not least, don’t forget to pack a positive attitude and always wear a smile on your face!