Best Tips:

Packing for Your Beach Vacation

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So, your PTO time has been approved and your week this summer is blocked out on the calendar. You’ve decided Daytona Beach is the perfect spot for your family vacation — and we couldn’t agree more! Now all you have to do is pack!

It’s never too early to think about those must-haves for the best beach vacation ever. We made it a little easier for you. Here are a few tips to consider when packing for your Daytona Beach summer holiday.

A list of planned activities

There’s so much to do in Daytona Beach! From boardwalk fun and lighthouse tours to race attractions and museums, there’s something for everyone. It’s a good idea to sit down with the family before you leave and decide on a few things you don’t want to miss. Leave room for those spontaneous moments of fun.

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Organize your wardrobe for every day. Packing a few items that can be worn more than once provide a little more room in your suitcase. Make sure to pack two bathing suits, though — one to wear while the other is drying from the day before. Prepare for a little rain. Bring a light poncho or a small umbrella for those occasional summer showers. Pack with your activities in mind, too. Include tennis shoes or hiking sandals if you plan on taking a walking tour or a trail hike.

The basics

You’ll definitely want to have your credit cards, plane tickets, boarding passes, driver’s license, insurance cards and your phone on hand. Don’t forget your hygienic items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes, razor, make up, lotion, etc. Also, even if you don’t have any babies in the family, bring along a pack of baby wipes. They make for easy clean-up when you’re on the go.

Of course, you can always check with our concierge or pop into our on-site convenience market for items you forgot to pack.

Emergency items

Pack any prescription medicines you take regularly. You’ll want to bring enough for the amount of time you’re gone, as well as extras in case your itinerary changes or you decide to stay a few days longer (a relaxing, fun stay at The Plaza sometimes has that effect on our guests!).

Also, consider bringing along Band-Aids, ibuprofen and medicines for an upset stomach or other short-term ailments.

Extra Ziploc bags

They’re great for storing your shells and other beach finds. You can also use them to keep opened snacks and food items fresh. Additionally, if you still have wet things on your day of departure, throw them in a Ziploc to keep other things dry and sand-free.

For the little ones

If you’re traveling with small children, bring a supply of their favorite snacks/drinks. For even smaller children, make sure and bring a Pack and Play for those important afternoon naps.

Baby powder

This is a real lifesaver for beach time. It’s a great way to get rid of that pesky sand. You just sprinkle it on and the sand falls right off. Also, it soaks in moisture, which is helpful if your kids have a tendency to get rashy in humid weather. Corn starch works, too!

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Bonus tips:

Don’t forget to clean out your fridge before you leave. Dispose of any perishables and take the garbage out. This will ensure a clean-smelling kitchen and no added cleaning responsibilities when you return home.

Leave your itinerary information and an extra house key with a friend or neighbor you trust. It’s a good idea to either stop mail delivery or have a friend retrieve it while you’re gone. A full mailbox tells potential thieves there’s an empty house available for them to target.

If you haven’t already booked your family vacation to Daytona Beach this summer, contact us today!

Check out our special packages on summer getaways at The Plaza!