You've booked your Destin vacation rental, planned your itinerary, and purchased your airfare. What's next? As you begin to pack for your Florida beach vacation, keep in a mind a few very specific items that you'll need to take full advantage of your trip.
A vacation at the beach can be the most relaxing thing you do all year. While you're packing your bags and getting ready for a sandy stay there are a couple of items you don't want to forget. We compiled a list of must-haves to make your Destin vacation a one for the books.
This is always a must-have regardless if you don't typically get a sunburn. You will be out in the sun more than usual and sun damage isn't always visible or immediate. According to Prevention magazine, be sure that your sunscreen protects against UVA and UVB rays and is at least SPF 30. Be sure to check that your sunscreen is also reef-safe.
Vacation rentals or hotels do not typically provide beach towels. Bathing towels are provided, however, they are not allowed outside. Either pack a few large towels for each member of the family or choose to purchase them when you arrive in Destin. Check out Alvin's Island Tropical Department Store or Sunsations for any beach accessories you need.
Yes, we said baby powder. It is the best tool for getting that pesky white sand off when you arrive back at your rental. The housekeepers will thank you. Sprinkle some baby powder on your hands, feet, and legs after a day at the beach to remove sand. The baby powder removes access moisture so that the sand can easily come off.
Get into beach mode with flip flops. They are easy to take on and off when walking across our beautiful beaches. You won't want to leave the beach so you really won't be needing any shoes anyways. And even if you did, you'll see many locals around Destin sporting flip flops as their shoe of choice.
Umbrella and Chairs
Beach service isn't free and can be expensive if your rental does not come with it. You can save a lot of money by purchasing your own umbrella and chairs. However, if you'd rather not lug your umbrella and chairs around, La Dolce Vita Beach Service offers beach gear rentals. Plus, when you stay with Destin Getaways, you are eligible for 10 percent off beach services through La Dolce Vita.
While you might not bring water with you from home, be sure to always drink plenty of water while at the beach. Even if you're just lounging, water is imperative to have on hand at all times. You'll be surprised by how dehydrated you can get out in the hot Destin sunshine.
Start Planning Your Destin Vacation
If you're ready to plan the rest of your vacation, browse our selection of Destin vacation rentals to find the perfect accommodations. We feature homes and condos in the most popular spots along 30A on Florida's Gulf Coast.