Summertime is just around the corner and here in Calabria things are heating up and everyone is preparing for the beach. If you are planning a trip to southern Italy this summer, you might be wondering what you should pack for your beach bum days.
Well never fear.
Here is a list-or three-to help you prepare your beach bag for a Calabrian summer.
Many women in Calabria use an over-sized beach bag, oftentimes choosing one that accents their swimsuit or cover up. It’s not necessarily an expensive bag-but it is functional.
Some things to put in your bag if you are single include:
– Creams, lotions and oils for your face, body and hair
– A hat
– Big sunglasses
– Lip balm
– A big towel
– Book or magazine
– iPod or MP3
– Bottled water
– Tissues, because you just never know
– Your cell phone
– Small wallet
If you are packing a beach bag for you and your family, also include:
– A knife to peel your fruit, since Italians never eat the skin
– Extra hand towels for the kids
– A Frisbee
– A volleyball or other kind of bouncy ball
– Pencils and paper
– Pail and shovel and other assorted beach toys
Other things I’ve noticed that men and women carry to the beaches in Calabria are:
– Snorkel gear
– Eye drops
If you are planning to spend the day at the beach, consider packing sandwiches in addition to your fruit and water or plan on having lunch at one of the beach kiosks that are found on busier beaches.
What other items do you suggest travelers pack in their beach bags?
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