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12 Feb 2019
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Nothing like a good beach packing list to make your trip planning a little easier. A stay in a Charleston beach house is a great idea for many reasons.  Two of the main ones?  You get to visit Charleston, one of the top destinations in the world.  And, you get to stay at the beach, one of the best parts of the world. It’s a natural win-win. The weather this time of year varies.  We have had some wonderful 70+ degree days lately, with more coming down the pike.  It’s actually a great time to be at the ocean and the Lowcountry.  The beach itself is far less crowded than peak times.  At certain hours of the day you can practically have it all to yourself.  

Packing help for your stay at the beach

  To help you prepare for your trip, the travel gurus at AFAR have assembled a thing called, “The Ultimate Beach Vacation Packing List.” Basically it outlines 18 practical must-haves or should-haves for your stay at the beach. The whole list is well worth a read on their website for the details and specifics, including top-rated products and where to get them.  You can read it here. But I’ll give you the list lowdown here:

  1. Swimwear
  2. Sunscreen
  3. Hat
  4. Footwear
  5. Sunglasses
  6. Water
  7. Snacks
  8. Towels
  9. Wet Wipes
  10. Beach chairs
  11. Layers
  12. Shade
  13. Reading material
  14. Games & gear
  15. Dry snacks
  16. Waterproof speakers
  17. Power pack
  18. Tote bag.

Of course, you don’t need to pack all this stuff from home to bring with you when you visit Charleston.  You can purchase all of this and more once you get here.  There are countless shopping options nearby.  

A Charleston bucket list 

  Once you’re here, there’s obviously a whole lot more than just the beach to see and “do.” The Post & Courier, Charleston’s trusty newspaper, recently assembled a “Charleston Bucket List” of 50 fun things to see and do around the area. It’s quite a good list, actually, with specific suggestions that are not just the obvious tourist sites.  A couple examples: rent a bike downtown from Holy Spokes; hunt for Charleston murals downtown; go to the Royal American and get $8 punch in a souvenir cup. I won’t outline them all, but you can see the full list here. So enjoy your beach time, and enjoy some of the dozens of Charlestonian things to do.  And when you are looking for a great  beach house, be sure to call Exclusive Properties. All best, Lowcountry Lisa your Isle of Palms vacation blogger