What to Pack for the Wilderness Beach


What to Pack for the Wilderness Beach

A trip to the beach is exciting no matter how far you’re coming from, and what you pack for a beach trip depends on how long you’ll stay. If you’re like me, and you want to take a week or so to really just enjoy being where you’ve traveled, then it’s important to know what to bring!

Wilderness Beach going

Before you even start packing, or making the list for what to pack, be sure you have booked your suite at On the Beach, because they move very quickly. The location of On the Beach is ideal, and the views from the rooms are stunning, it means you’ll never really leave the beach at all, and going back to your room from the beach is not something to be disappointed about, but elated!

1. Beach Gear

This is the whole point right?

  • Beach bag
  • Sunscreen (SPF 50 recommended)
  • Lip balm with sunscreen (SPF 30 recommended)
  • Aloe vera
  • Insect repellent
  • Disposable wipes
  • Beach Umbrella
  • Beach Blanket
  • Chairs
  • Beach toys as appropriate
  • Bathing suits
  • Cover-up
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat/s
  • Towel/s
  • Sandals
  • Mask, snorkel or fins
  • Water shoes
  • Book
  • Water bottle
  • Cooler

Keep in mind that much of these items can be purchased or even rented while you’re visiting, so they don’t have to be carried on-board a plane.

2. Clothing

  • Underwear/panties x duration of days + 2
  • Socks x duration of days + 3
  • Undershirts/t-shirts x 1/2 duration of days
  • Bras x 1/2 duration of days
  • Sleepwear – bring as many days worth as you feel comfortable with/have room for
  • Dress shirts x 2
  • Casual shirts x 4
  • Jeans x 2
  • Pants x 2
  • Shorts x 2
  • Dresses x 2
  • Skirts x 1
  • Sweaters/sweatshirts x 1-2 depending on room
  • Light jacket x 1
  • Leisure shoes x 1
  • Dress shoes x 2 (for ladies, one flat one heel) men x 1
  • Belts x 2
  • Jewelry x 2 (sets)

Keep in mind that jewelry will need to be locked in the safe at On the Beach, and while they are happy to provide such a service, you might feel better leaving expensive or important pieces at home. A good tip is to bring less expensive jewelry that flatters, and to bring a minimal amount so you don’t become a target.

3. Toiletries

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Brush/comb
  • Nail file/clippers
  • Bandages
  • Medications
  • Pain reliever
  • Vitamins
  • Hair products
  • Moisturizer
  • Contact lenses/spare glasses
  • Saline solution
  • Makeup
  • Makeup remover
  • Feminine hygiene products

Keep in mind that any medication you bring with you that is taken by prescription only, you must have your doctor’s orders with you, or a copy of the prescription and your medication must be in its original bottle. You also may not bring over 30 days worth of medication into the country if you’re not from South Africa, so shake some of them out at home and only take what you will need on your trip. Also keep in mind, most chemists offer travel size bottles you can fill with your liquid toiletries to help save space in your bags.

4. Important “Other”

  • Passport with visa (where necessary)
  • Medical ID card
  • Travel insurance card/Medical insurance card
  • List of medications/what to do in case…
  • Emergency contact information
  • Credit card contact information
  • Copies of ID and passport/credit cards
  • Itinerary
  • Maps/directions
  • Guidebook
  • Wallet
  • Cash
  • Credit cards/debit cards
  • Cell phone
  • Chargers
  • Voltage adapter
  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Memory card
  • Flashlight
  • Alarm clock

Keep in mind that your voltage adapter can be purchased in South Africa before you even leave the airport, and that most places you would stay will have an alarm clock or wake up call service. You can also purchase a memory card for your camera locally for much cheaper than where you live usually, and you can change your currency out for rands locally as well. Just be sure you do it at a bank, and not in the airport to get the best exchange rate + fees.

5. Pack light

While the things listed above seem mammoth, just make sure you only take what you’re positive you will need. These lists are a guideline meant to be as complete as possible for everyone, so if something doesn’t apply to you, skip over it, that means more room to bring back gifts!

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