“Staycation” is a bit dismissive, isn’t it? Going to any beach at all, anywhere (unless you already live by the sea) right now is an unimaginable luxury. It might as well be Sardinia for how excited I am about it. With the added frisson of not having to go through an airport or get on a plane.
But to enjoy properly a UK beach holiday – any holiday in fact – you need the right kit. I have been investigating interesting and unusual things that will improve your UK beach holiday this year, if you have been able to nab one…
A massive great tub of it. Talcum powder gets wet, sticky sand off skin like a magic trick. It has to be seen to be believed – you will never look back. Available on Ocado and most online supermarkets if you don’t have time to hit up Boots.
Need I say more? Any old one will do. Also a wide-toothed comb and/or a tangle teezer handle brush. I don’t like those curry combs they sell but I love the ones they do with a handle. Kitty’s hair is being cut to chin-length tomorrow in added preparation. Loads of different ones available on Ocado, see above.
Beach = high winds = hair a right old mess within minutes. A wide hairband will minimise the horror. If I looked as good in a bob as Kitty does I would chop my hair off, too.
For navigating ouchy rocks and pebbly beaches.
Quick dry towels
I use Nabajji, which have been really useful.
Yes you can just use a plastic bag, but if you like kit then this will come in handy
If you don’t like hats but also want the sun out of your eyes, consider a visor. I am madly in love with my Under Armour one.
My husband hates the fact that I pack in laundry bags, but I think it’s just good sense. I now don’t pack in laundry bags if we are going to a smart hotel, as a small concession to him, but as we are going to a house rental I plan to pack in the ugliest, loudest laundry bags I can find. These aren’t bad taste enough, but I still bloody love them hard.
The best and totally non-ugly laundry/tote bags out there are made by Ace+Prince, which is a very good idea by my friend Chloe and her friend Heidi. They sell out very quickly because they are a small company and have yet to scale up, so it’s mostly currently sold out – but it really is worth checking back for when they re-stock. I have one and it has been by dearest companion on many trips and doubles up as a presentable beach bag.
I have amazingly managed to keep hold of the Givenchy sunglasses I bought earlier this year but hitherto my attitude towards sunglasses has been to buy a lot of very cheap ones and then you don’t have to have a heart attack every time you think you’ve left a pair in the restaurant. See at the bottom of each product for the description of the sun filter rating. Go nuts.
I don’t have one of these and I’m sorely tempted to get one – but I am worried Giles will hit the divorce button if any more Amazon packages arrive. These are fabulous all-purpose things that are brilliant for actual heavy rain but also peerless as a beach ground sheet. I don’t really do that thing on a beach where you literally set up a little village with windbreaks and UV tents and stuff, (though no diss if you do), but I insist on at least having something to sit on.
New to the Corens this year: wet suits. I got a long one for Sam from Decathlon but then dithered that maybe I should get them shorties instead so have ordered some, which come very highly rated, to be delivered to the house we’re staying at because they won’t arrive here in time. I’ve made a bit of a mess of it tbh.
What to wear
I will be wearing mostly leggings or shorts with band t-shirts and a khaki jacket. Boyfriend jeans of course. My newest band t-shirt is a Def Leppard one from Madeworn. I have been careful to memorise the titles of few Def Leppard songs so that if anyone challenges me I can claim to be a true fan (I am not, but U2 or Labrinth t-shirts just aren’t very fashion right now). I literally bought the last Def Leppard one, but I also like this AC/DC one. H&M have a good selection, I love this Metallica one, which I also obviously own.
I will also need a sweatshirt, which will be my ancient Isabel Marant for H&M prison grey one – I’m sure you have something similar.
Also coming along with me is my new obsession, which is a green Ganni dress. The ultimate buffet dress and now on sale, although it’s not a madly generous discount. Useful if I am expected to see someone other than my husband, again, on repeat, for the 140th day.
For shoes, I will take my Birkenstocks, flip-flips and some white trainers along with those aqua shoes.
How about you? Do you have any brilliant or unusual kit that you recommend for a UK beach holiday? I don’t mean stuff like “sun cream” or “blanket” but wacky off-beat things that only true beachy people know. Also, any insider tips about wetsuits would be most gratefully received.