Do you enjoy relaxing at the beach? Staying at beach resorts in Nusa Dua, Jimbaran, or other beach areas when you are visiting the sunny Bali is definitely one of the best way to spend a holiday in the island.
However, a great beach vacation necessitates planning and packing for both good and bad weather activities, bringing essentials such as sunglasses and broad-spectrum UV protection, picking up a few items to make your stay easier, safer, and more enjoyable.
Choose A Little Emptier Beach Destination
If you’re reading this, chances are you already have a destination in mind. So you’ll have to figure out when you’ll be leaving! If your family’s schedule allows, try to avoid traveling during the first few weeks of summer. In most prominent summer vacation destinations, these are the busiest weeks of the season. You’ll have a more relaxed experience and won’t get worn out by having to dodge crowds at every activity you’ve scheduled if you avoid them. That’s why we love Nusa Dua; this south coast in Bali is blessed with some of the best beaches in the island but with lesser crowds. It’s more relaxed and not as packed as other touristy regions like Kuta, Seminyak, and Canggu.
Book Your Nusa Dua Beach Resorts
The next step is to book your accommodation. It might be tough to find something that fulfils the demands of your complete family while remaining within your budget and vacation style. You want everyone to have their own place, but renting many hotel rooms or a whole house might be costly! Move on to your “must haves” list once you’ve decided on the ideal rental style for your family. When searching, try viewing accommodation with oceanfront view or direct ocean view. Some hotels markets their rooms to be “close” to the beach without actually being in the beach. This to make sure you are staying in an actual beach resort and have the best access to the shore.
And to give you a head start in the search, try looking out for hotels and resorts around Nusa Dua beach, Bali.
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Always Bring Sun Protection to Your Beach Vacation
To ensure you don’t run out of sunscreen, purchase a new bottle and double-check the expiration date. For UVA and UVB protection, the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends using a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. They recommend a water-resistant, broad spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater for extended outdoor activities. If your skin is delicate or prone to acne breakouts, consider wearing two separate sunscreens, one for your face and one for your body. More and more sunscreen manufacturers are offering sensitive skin formulas for both the face and the body.
Always Reapply Your Sunscreen!
Apply at least 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) of sunscreen to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside (and presumably more if you’re larger than usual) and reapply every two hours, or immediately after swimming or intense sweating, according to skin cancer experts. Look for a waterproof sunscreen if you expect to spend a lot of time in the water (and don’t forget to reapply it right after you get out). Also, because water works as a reflector, increasing UV exposure, wear a waterproof sunscreen with SPF 30 and remember to get out of the water every hour or two, dry off, apply more sunscreen, and wait another 30 minutes before going back in.
Bring Zipper Bags to Store Foods and Other Stuffs
Tuck one or two large Ziploc food storage bags (or whichever brand you want) for your wet sandals or water shoes and your wet swimsuit (if there is a cabana or other changing space) into your beach tote to protect your book, towels, camera, and whatever else you carry. Sunscreen lotion, lip balm, bug repellant, adhesive bandages, and other items can be sealed in tiny or medium zippered bags to keep sand out and avoid leaks from spoiling the remainder of your beach tote or bag. Each evening, rinse them and let them dry overnight before use the next day. You can also bring some snacks from the breakfast buffet at your Bali beach resort and store them in one of the zipper bags!
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Invest On High-Quality Water Sandals
Burning your feet on scorching sand or cutting your foot on a sharp rock, broken shell, or piece of trash can ruin an otherwise enjoyable holiday. Although flip flops are inexpensive, they can be unpleasant, give little to no arch support, and only last a summer or two. Get some sandals or water shoes that will give you more wear and provide more comfort and arch support. Look for nylon webbing straps that provide a snug but comfortable fit, lightweight, breathable, and quick-drying materials, cushioned insoles that provide comfort and arch support, and non-skid treads on the outsoles that will protect your sensitive soles from broken seashells or broken glass while also making you more sure-footed if you step on something.
Bring Your Beach Toys
Bring beach equipment. Why not have fun like a kid when you’re away from grownup responsibilities? Bring a kite or a child’s bucket and shovel to build sandcastle in the beach. No matter how old you are, building sandcastle is always fun!
Break Out of Your Comfort Zone
Take a break from your regular routine and do something you wouldn’t ordinarily do on vacation! Take the opportunity to make your trip even more memorable by partaking in an activity that isn’t necessarily your first pick, whether it’s ziplining or jet skiing. You’ll broaden your horizons while also adding an unforgettable memory to your life experience!
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Prepare Things to Do in Rainy Days
Make plans for a rainy day, especially as Bali sits in the tropical area. Though the island is mostly sunny, being in a tropical zone means rains might suddenly
We all know you can’t anticipate the weather, but you can definitely plan for it! Have some indoor activities on hand in case the weather decides to turn on you. Having a backup plan in place can help you maintain the positive vacation vibes.
Bring Your Travel Board Games
Bring a deck of cards and a collection of travel board games. If the weather goes bad and you’re weary of reading, a game of Solitaire can keep you entertained on the Nusa Dua beach resorts where you don’t know a soul (and want to keep it that way). When traveling with one or more people, a small, portable board game set made for travel can help you pass the time when the weather turns poor (or even when the weather is great).