What to pack for a weekend beach getaway


Posted at Apr 08 2011 05:22 PM | Updated as of Apr 09 2011 01:28 AM

MANILA, Philippines - Heading to the beach this weekend?

Model Phoemela Baranda, one of the hosts of ABS-CBN's "Umagang Kay Ganda," helps you deal with what to put in the bag.

For her, it's all about bringing the right clothes, accessories, toiletries and a few "extras."

"(Just) a reminder, less is in...You're going to the beach. Everything's colorful and fun," she said on Friday.

Here is Baranda's list of must-have items on any weekend beach getaway (NOTE: standard items such as money, IDs and travel documents are not included here):

Swimsuit. Bring at least 2 sets so you'll have choices, and you can mix and match.

Cover-up. This will help keep you stylish without showing off too much skin. It can come in the form of a tunic, a sheer top, a sarong, a mini dress or a maxi dress.

Shirts and tank tops. Pair these with shorts or skirts to achieve that summer look.

Underwear. Always make it a point to bring a few extra pairs.

Flip flops. Bring any kind of rubber footwear -- from clogs to slippers -- so you can take a stroll on the beach without the worries. Make sure to bring at least 2 pairs, in case the first one breaks.

Waterproof bag. Bring a big tote where you can secure all your items. If you don't have the budget for a waterproof bag, place valuables in ziplock bags instead.

Accessories. Jazz up your summer look with bangles, dangling earrings, sunglasses and big hats.

Toiletries. Must-haves include sunblock, shampoo, leave-on conditioner, toothbrush, lip balm and towels.

Extras. A waterproof camera, a frisbee, an MP3 player or a book can help you have fun under the summer sun.