Heading to the beach for a much-needed getaway? There are so many things you can look forward to: the white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters, tall coconut trees and the sea breeze. 😌

But as with most travellers, before we get to the fun part, there is something that most of us dread – packing for the trip 😞 Here are some handy items you probably never knew you actually needed for your upcoming trip – essential for the best beach vacay!

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1. In-flight entertainment essentials

We know how boring it gets when you’re on the plane, especially if the journey is a tad bit long. But here’s when you can rely on in-flight entertainment! All you need is a pair of good headphones. Even better, the industry-leading noise cancelling headphones: Sony WH-1000XM3 that’s equipped with a connection cable and an in-flight adapter!

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This lightweight (but powerful!) device means that you can watch your movies without being able to hear chattering from the people around you. It also comes packed with incredible features too, like the Adaptive Sound Control that lets you pick what sounds from your surroundings that can reach your ears.

We know how annoying it is to take out your headphones when someone talks to you 😅 Just put your hand over the right housing of the Sony WH-1000XM3, and the volume will immediately turn down!

#HHWT Tip: With the advantage of 30-hour battery life, you’ll have enough power for your long trips. And if you need to charge in a hurry, you can get 5 hours’ worth of charge after just 10 minutes!

2. Beach attire

Since you’ll be outdoor most of the time, it’s important to bring clothes that are suitable for the activities you’re planning to do. It’s not a bad thing to want to look pretty, but you don’t exactly want to be in a baju kurung if you’re planning to go swimming, do you? For Muslim women, there’s plenty of Muslimah beachwear that you can bring along – think comfy long-sleeved jersey tops and tights!

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If you have outdoor activities in mind such as snorkelling, you might want to go for more comfortable outfits like a burkini.

Make sure you put on some sunscreen on too! Yes, even though you’re all covered up, the chances of sun rays reaching your skin are still very high so it’s best to be careful.

3. Capturing picture perfect memories

Fond of making memories when you travel? Then Sony a7 II is a worthy addition to your photography arsenal. The best thing about Sony is that they offer one of the most reliable full-frame mirrorless systems which makes their cameras so much lighter, without affecting the photo quality.

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For vlogging purposes, you can count on DSC-RX100M5A, another masterpiece by Sony that’s perfect for travellers. It’s pocket-sized and durable!

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For a small camera, you’re bound to take high-quality 4k videos at the beach with your loved ones. This rugged camera also has a 180° tilting LCD screen and it shoots up to 960fps! Slow-mo videos anyone?

4. Snacks on the go

It’s easy to feel worn out when you’re constantly involved in activities. That’s why it’s best to have a pack of food with you so you don’t end up fainting!

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Get yourself storage boxes like these to keep all your favourite easy-to-eat snacks: it’ll give you energy in between activities. It’s also ideal for sharing if you’re travelling with a big group.

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5. Water fun essentials

When you’re on a beach vacay, you’ll need some exciting stuff for your water activities. Like inflatables! We’re not talking about the typical orange-coloured pool floats that you see every day.

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Go a little crazy and add different types to your collection. How about a giant pink Flamingo? Imagine just chilling on it while soaking up the sun, a pretty good idea if you ask us.

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And your beach vacay is NOT complete without some water activities! Trek through tropical trees or go kayaking and even just swimming at the pool – what better way to do that than with Sony’s water-resistant action camera, FDR X3000R!

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Don’t sweat the small size. The Sony FDR-X3000R captures your fun moments in a wide angle! As it comes with a convenient live-view remote (that’s waterproof!) and an underwater casing, this action camera is perfect for all your selfie needs. Time so say cheese!

But the real advantage of owning one is that the stabiliser reduces excess motion and vibration, so you can be assured that your shots are all sharper and smoother.

#HHWT Tip: The remote control is water-resistant at a water depth of 3m (10 feet) for 30 minutes, so make sure you empty your pockets before you take a dip!

6. Beach entertainment  

While you’re lounging on the beach with your loved ones, why not add a little music to liven up the environment. Sony’s SRS-XB01 does the trick! This water-resistant portable Bluetooth speaker brings your music to life with rich bass and clear sound.

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Or if you’re not into bass, you can get the best of your sound with the hidden passive radiator that lets you enhance low bass frequencies.

With your favourite songs playing in the background, add on the fun with some board games. Our suggestions? You can’t go wrong with the classic Monopoly or if you want a simpler pastime, UNO is great too!

7. Luggage organiser and waterproof bag

Sometimes, it’s a little difficult to keep yourself organised while travelling but that shouldn’t stop you from trying. If you’re not a fan of packing, you’ll love this one-of-a-kind invention: a luggage organiser! It makes it easier for you to unpack later on too. Get those packing cubes and you’ll be able to fit all of your travel needs.

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Since you’ll switch between water and dry land, consider getting yourself a waterproof bag too so it won’t soak and dirty your clothes.

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Now it may sound like a hassle that you have to pack tons of stuff but trust us, keeping things organised is the one thing you need when you’re on a vacay so you don’t end up forgetting and even worse, losing things!

8. Emergency kit

Now, this is probably one of the most forgotten items to bring when anyone’s on a holiday (guilty!). But here’s why we think you should have it on your checklist. When you’re out snorkelling, there’s a chance you might get stung by a jellyfish so the best thing to have with you is a first aid kit because sometimes, you won’t be able to find a clinic nearby.

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Or even if you’re out sick all of a sudden, you’ll need some paracetamol or ibuprofen to keep your fever at bay. So, prior to your trip, pack everything from plasters to essential medicines like painkillers, cough syrup, allergy pills and even some bandages. You’ll thank us for this!

There you go – 8 essential items that you need in your checklist. With them in mind, you’ll have a great and a worry-free beach holiday. So be sure to pack them for your upcoming trip and don’t forget to have a great time!

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