As the year is coming to an end, I am sure a lot of you are planning your New Year’s Eve getaway. The popular choice for this time of the year tends to be a beachy vacation – away from the cold winters. With beaches come boats, and at some point of your relaxing holiday you are bound to find yourself on a boat / yacht in high tide. So here are a few pointers to keep in mind before you set sail… By someone who has been there, done that and sailed away into the horizon!
Flowy dresses make for beautiful pictures in the glossies; in real life, anything of that sort is bound to just fly up. If you are going to be on a speedboat, sail boat or a yacht, the breeze will get you. I would recommend wearing a cover-up over a bathing suit, an A-line dress, or a shorts and T-shirt combo. Opting for natural fabrics such as cotton and linen is a smart choice as they dry faster.
If I know I will be getting into the water, I don’t wear any jewellery. Best to leave that in the hotel locker. Hats are a must-have, although I have only ever been able to keep mine from flying away when the boat is docked. A straw Panama Hat is my personal favourite. It’s stating the obvious, but bring your sunglasses – the bigger the better.
The right footwear is imperative for having a good time. Jelly flats are the most convenient choice: they are waterproof, look super-cute and are available in a host of colours. I have these Jimmy Choo flats and prefer wearing them because they have a back strap that prevents them from sliding off.
Stock up on drinks and food, especially if you are a fussy eater like me. You never know what kind of food you’ll be served on the boat or at what time you will reach a particular destination. I like carrying water, fruits and dry fruits in my picnic basket. If travelling with a loved one, bring a bottle of champagne to mark the experience. Bring disposable or plastic glasses ’cause it is going to be one bumpy ride…
A strong breeze can be quite chilling, even in peak summer, especially if you hit a cloud cover. Always keep a stole or cotton cardigan handy to protect you from the cold.
No amount of sunscreen will be enough, but it is an absolute essential. Put sunscreen on your face and body half an hour before sun exposure. Continue to reapply it through the day. Keep the makeup to a bare minimum.
As you explore the coastline or continue island hopping, you will encounter various spots that are ideal for snorkelling. Best to carry your own snorkelling kit or borrow one from the hotel/tour guide before you head out to the water.
As you can see from the picture, I never got that towel back. So if you plan on island hopping, carry a few extra towels because you can never know what to expect.
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