Packing list for a beach vacation; Special tips for Goa

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The less you pack, the more room you have for all the goodies you buy on vacation so you want to make sure you do this just right. Packing for the beach you already have a head start since warm weather clothes take far less space than packing for say, Colorado in winter.

You’ll need to be prepared for the actual sandy beach, the cute beachside bars, walking the hot streets, fancy dinners, and of course the nightlife. Think long sheer maxi dresses flowing in the wind while you walk down an alley shopping, big floppy sun hats while you sip mojitos poolside at the hotel, and cute little dresses for your big nights out. Swap your fancy silk scarf for a laid-back sarong and your high heels for flip-flops and you’re almost ready for a beach vacation!

Before you leave, do what needs done. Color your hair, paint your nails, get waxed, and do a little shopping because it’s always fun if what you pack for your beach vacation is new! For every woman, vacation has always been the perfect excuse to shop.

Packing List for a Week-long Beach Vacation

  • 4 cute dresses, more laid back ones
  • 3 “club dresses”
  • a Kimono cover up as beaches at night are windy
  • 2 pair of skinny jeans
  • 1 pair leggings
  • 1 pair of shorts
  • 1 flowy maxi skirt
  • Various tank tops and t-shirts (6) for the day time
  • Sarong / swim suit cover up & swim suit
  • Yoga/workout clothes: yoga pants, sports bra, work out tank top
  • Don’t forget your undies!
  • Pajamas
  • Flip flops, comfortable walking shoe, and sandals for nighttime
  • Toiletries & makeup. Don’t forget: wet wipes, oil blotters, aloe, and sunscreen
  • Books, iPod and headphones, camera, and travel itinerary
  • Sunglasses, hat, & beach bag (can double as your carry-on bag)
  • Small Clutch for nights out

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 Tips for Goa

  • Getting there: To get to Goa internationally, book a flight to Dabolim airport, most likely via Delhi or Mumbai. Hire a pre-paid government taxi or have your hotel send a driver to collect you to ensure the best taxi rate. The airport is about an hour from Anjuna and Vagator.
  • Best time to visit: The best time to visit Goa is October through March as it’s perfect weather every day. April and May are far too hot, and the remaining months are the monsoon, during which the ocean is too dangerous to swim and most restaurants are closed.
  • Transportation: Goa is very spread out and it’s best to see a variety, rather than stay only in one place. Book a room for your entire stay but hire a car to go explore (with or without driver). If you’re feeling risky or want to save money, get a scooter.
  • Lodging: Some popular resorts: 5 star Alila Diwa in South Goa, cute eco-resort Jamboree Creek in Ashwem, the hidden Olaulim Backyards for a peaceful retreat, or the Tamarind, a busy 3 star hotel in Anjuna.
  • Food: Hit up restaurants of the locals: For Goan try ­­­Mum’s Kitchen in Panjim. For something unique, how about Brazilian at Go With the Flow in Baga? Get a healthy fix at Bean Me Up in Vagator and indulge on sweets at the new Choc Gelato in Anjuna. For something a bit commercial but fun head to the well-known Brittos and for top-notch seafood it’s worth a drive to Martin’s Corner.
  • Shop: Malini Ramani has gorgeous sarees at her shop. TIA carries both silky high end designs and affordable cottons, and for leather check in at La Vie Boheme shop for purses adorned with Rajasthani jewels. Want a hardcore leather jacket? No one does it better than Katja of Dadablui. And lastly, for something flowy and a bit hippy, go to FARA in Arambol.
  • Nightlife: Start with dinner at Thalassa in Vagator to watch the best sunset in Goa over drinks before heading to either Waters or Chronicle for even more booze. If you want to dance: Club Cubana in Arpora is the best for a party. If you’re more into trance/psy go try a Hill Top party on Sunday.

          602776_10200386970942924_967470615_n_2-002     Rachel is an American who left a career in nursing to live on the beaches on Goa, India two years ago where she is now a Thai masseuse, candle-maker, and travel writer. Rachel gives advice on the other 24 countries she’s been to but focuses on all the secret trendy places in India. If you’re headed to India you can find everything you need to know on her site which has become the go-to site on India travel: Hippie in Heels. You can follow her adventures on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram,  and Google plus.

 

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