There’s no better time to hit the beaches than now – right in the midst of winter! Get your tickets ready for a quick getaway to Goa and Pondicherry while I give you tips on what to pack for a blissed out sunny weekend. If you’re like me, you probably want to take everything with you. Instead take a few pieces that you can mix and match with everything else. Stick to classic beachy colours like blues, whites and light browns with a few pieces in your favourite bright shades. You can buy all the kaftans, tie dyed kurtas, scarves and jewellery you want once you reach there, so pack the stuff that you are already confident wearing. Here’s the checklist:
A striped nautical T-shirt is a classic and you can team it with capris. Also carry a pair of cotton pyjamas and wear it with vests in different colours. A summery dress can be worn during the day when you are hopping flea markets or while dining out in the evening. A jersey shrug will come in handy if it gets chilly in the evening. Shorts or swimwear be useful when you want to go for a ride on the banana boat or simply a swim in the alluring waters.
A straw bucket bag is a classic. You can store your water bottle, wallet and all the goodies you buy in it. Wear a pair of flip flops while exploring the beach as heels are really not a good idea! A pair of sandals can be teamed with your outfits for an evening out or while going window shopping.
Take a necklace and a cuff that goes with everything you packed. You can buy more jewellery once you reach your destination.
Sunscreen is a must. Use a tinted moisturiser to get light coverage as well as soft skin. Carry a tinted lip balm instead of tubes of lipstick.
Graphic T-shirts and shorts are perfect for the beach. They come in handy when you’re hitting the beach or trying out water sports. You can wear trousers in light muted shades of coral, blue or green with T-shirts for a trendier look. Pack a pair of linen trousers and a linen shirt for dining out.
Wear flip flops or boat shoes with your ensembles while exploring the beach. The former would be more comfortable for sure. Carry sunglasses if you intend to be out in the sun for long. A leather bracelet will add a rugged edge to your outfits. Also take along a messenger bag to store all your essentials (water bottle, wallet, stuff you buy) in style.
One word – sunscreen.