What to wear during your stay at the beach

Leisure seekers heading to Florida and Alabama's Gulf Coast for a beach-filled vacation will undoubtedly pack a few essentials items such as sunscreen and sunglasses. Fashion-savvy travelers, however, may want to think about their wardrobe before hitting the road to Gulf Shores, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach or Perdido Key.

What to wear during your stay at the beach

While you might pack some high-SPF sunscreen, plastic shovels and coolers for your getaway at a Gulf Shores area beach house or condo rental, you may also want to consider what you'll wear, especially if you're thinking about participating in a variety of activities during your stay. If you're planning to hike, don't forget anti-slip boots (it sometimes gets muddy on the trails). To spend a romantic evening with a loved one, pack an outfit that's both comfortable and sleek.


What to wear during your stay at a Gulf Shores rentalThe latest swimsuit trends for women are leaning toward the vintage look - high-waisted styles are back in action, making both young ladies and grandmothers feel as though they're in a James Bond film. Bold patterns, which look good on just about any skin tone and body type, are also in. If you don't already have a gorgeous and flirty suit when you reach your destination, you can easily take a short shopping trip to one of the many boutiques near your lodging.

Guys, the fashion police are looking at you, too, and they recommend wearing board shorts cut just above the knee. Throw on a pair of cool aviator sunglasses and you're good to go.


Along with sunglasses and flip-flops, beach goers should also throw in a floppy hat and a lightweight linen cover up, which would then translate into a perfect outfit for casual beachside eateries.

Of course, you'll want to put all of your beach essentials into an equally sassy bag, and totes are definitely all the rage. Continue with the seaside theme and get a nautical bag that's big enough to hold all of your things as well as your kids' toys.

Perhaps the most essential accessory to bring to your Gulf Shores vacation is sunscreen - and lots of it. But if you forget something or need to replenish anything, there are numerous places in Perdido Key, Fort Morgan, Orange Beach, Gulf Shores and beyond where you can run in for a quick item or spend the day browsing.

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