If you plan to celebrate at the beach this Memorial Day, pack your bags ahead of time to make things easier. In this article, you’ll find tips and ideas to help you prepare for your summer beach party, along with some warm-weather fashion tips.
A good place to begin prepping for your Memorial Day beach party is by choosing a carryall. Beach bags come in multiple styles, so it’s easy to find one that’s right for you. They come in so many styles, in fact, that every member of the family can have a different bag.
If you’re not sure what to choose, consider a canvas tote with a beachy print. Washed canvas is soft and sturdy, along with being water-resistant. Plus, many canvas beach bags can be folded flat for space-saving storage when they’re not in use.
Look for a beach bag that’s big enough to hold beach towels, sunscreen, swimwear, and a change of clothes. Most bags have a spacious main compartment and multiple interior and exterior compartments for safely carrying small items like credit cards, cash, and keys.
If the beach you’re headed to has a beach house with locker rooms, you can pack bathing suits for the whole family in a beach bag and let everyone suit up—pun intended—for summer fun after you get there. Water shoes are good to wear in the showers because they protect feet from moisture and bacteria.
For a Memorial Day beach party, choose from among multiple swimsuit styles, such as the one-piece tugless tank. These classic suits come in sizes to fit every body, and they’re made from nylon and Lycra® XtraLife™ spandex for 10 times the wear of regular spandex. This chlorine-resistant fabric won’t lose its shape or fade—even after repeated wear and exposure to sun and saltwater.
Another versatile swimsuit that’s perfect for a beach party is the zip-front one-piece. This modest swimsuit has a high neck and a zippered front with a hidden clasp for comfort and coverage. Its X-back straps allow for freedom of movement, making this suit a stylish option for swimming and beach volleyball. Pair it with a swim skirt for added coverage and a flouncy look.
Speaking of swim skirts, they can be paired with tankini tops for a party look that goes from day to night. Tankinis come in many styles, from scoop- and V-necks to bandeau styles with removable straps. There are one-piece and tankini bathing suits with control lining for a streamlined look and those with removable bra cups for an optional boost.
Girls’ swimsuits come in many of the same styles as women’s swimsuits. Look for chlorine-resistant fabric that’s soft and stretchy—a nylon/spandex blend is a good choice, as is polyester/spandex. Both fabric blends offer the same benefits and are easy to clean: hand-wash with mild detergent, then rinse with cool water, press the excess water out with a rolled towel, and lay flat to dry.
Men and boys can stay comfortable in polyester trunks with a mesh lining. Look for trunks with a full elastic waist and drawstring for a custom fit. Just as with most women’s and girls’ swimsuits, men’s and boys' swim trunks offer UPF 50 sun protection for covered areas.
Rash guard cover-ups are a good apparel item to pack for a beach party. Rash guard shirts for men, women, girls, and boys are available in a variety of colors and prints. These cover-ups come in long-sleeved and short-sleeved styles, and they offer UPF 50 sun protection for covered areas just like the swimsuit fabric does.
Women may prefer to choose from cover-up dresses in different lengths, including long swimsuit cover-ups. Some have high necks for a modest look, while others have a classic scoop-neck design. Kaftan cover-ups with embroidery offer a retro-inspired look, while on-trend, sleek jersey cover-ups come in an array of fashionable colors. Slip on a pair of wedge sandals for an outfit that works for enjoying a beach barbecue or watching fireworks in the evening.
In addition to towels, swimwear, and accessories, you might also want to take a packed cooler to the party. Whether you choose a plastic cooler or a disposable foam style, you’ve got plenty of options when considering what to fill it with. Canned drinks and cold snacks are good to bring along, even if your host or hostess is providing the refreshments.
When planning for a Memorial Day beach party—whether or not you’re hosting it—writing a list of what you’d like to bring can make things easier. No matter what you end up packing, make sure to bring plenty of sunscreen—and have fun!