Beaches are fun, and those include tropical beaches! At the same time, being in the tropics, some weather changes can come out of left field. Here are 5 things to pack when you go to a tropical beach.
Footwear the sand can fall out of
Sand in the tropics is usually made of underwater fields of coral and shell. The sand grains are coarse and can be very uncomfortable when they enter your shoes. Consider slippers or sandals that are easy to shake out. It’s hard to enjoy a walk along the beach when there’s sand rubbing against your ankles!
Another thing about the tropics is that rain can come up just as quickly as the sun does. You can start the day with not a cloud in the sky, and end it running for cover. Make sure that you are bringing a windbreaker or a canvas cover for either yourself or your things. It will help you enjoy your stay on the beach for longer, and give you the confidence to face down any sudden rains.
The wind loves the tropics (and vice versa), so one thing you will definitely want is a general overall covering against sand, wind, and light rain. Sarongs, malongs, and other wide cloth multi-purpose coverings are your best friend on a tropical beach. You can cover your shoulders while walking, protect your eyes from the sand, or cover your head as defense from the sun or rain. Even if you don’t think you’ll need it, bring it along. You’ll always be happy you did!
A waterproof bag
We are sometimes tempted to pack light and cloth-related for the beach. However, again, the tropics have their own rules and they change weather at a whim. You will want your towels or extra clothes at the bottom of a waterproof bag, preferably one that you can zip up or cover. That way, even if the rain comes at you diagonally or horizontally (completely a possibility with tropical winds), your things will be dry.
Sunscreen that packs a punch
In the tropics, humidity is everything. The heat doesn’t just come from the sun, it permeates the air around you. When you get into the water, the sun’s reflection will join the general heat. Remember to pack waterproof sunscreen of at least SPF 50 for full protection. SPF 25 to 30 usually cuts it for everyday outings, and it holds off around 96% of sun. Get something lighter and creamier for a cooler feel if you’re planning to be at the beach for a while.
It might seem like a lot, but the key tip is to be prepared to be hit by two kinds of weather patterns in one day. Not even weather-prediction apps do too well, especially in tropical islands that have mountainous areas. The mountain jungles can call in the rains but they can also shield the beaches from the wind. Without any way of truly telling what kind of weather you will get, the best way to enjoy yourself is to be prepared for any possibility.