The ideal spring vacation to Myrtle Beach is both fun and relaxing, but it can also be a bit tricky when it comes to packing. With the warmer and longer days and slightly chilly nights along the oceanfront, some basically pack two suitcases to be prepared for all kinds of weather. And with a mix of sunny skies and rainy days always in the spring forecast, you have to come prepared for both indoor and outdoor activities. But follow these simple tips to take a load off your luggage and mind:
- Beach Towels/Blankets: Sure, it gets warm enough in the spring to go to the beach with nothing but a swimsuit and a smile. But the ocean temperatures are just starting to rise from a long cold winter, and the sea breeze can make it a bit chilly to sit on the beach on a cloudy day. A thick beach towel or blanket can save the day for a trip to the beach, and they also come in handy when you want to snuggle up on your private oceanfront balcony with a cup of coffee.
- Games/Toys: Springtime can be moody – warm and sunny one day and cold and rainy the next – so it pays to be ready for any kind of weather. For those rainy days when you just want to relax in the room, a deck of cards or a game of Scrabble can be a good for morale and some family bonding time. Of course, The Strand also offers its guests free and unlimited DVD rentals for a family movie night. And for those sunny days on the beach, a game of cornhole, ladder ball or even tossing around the football or a Frisbee can be a great way to spend some down time.
- Jacket/Windbreaker: Myrtle Beach is already starting to turn the corner on spring weather, but the evenings aren't like the summertime when you can get by with a T-shirt, shorts and flip-flops. Even a gentle spring sea breeze can feel chilly because it is blowing over the cold ocean water. But rather than bringing your entire winter wardrobe, you can probably keep warm by simply sporting a light jacket – perfect for a late-night stroll on the beach or sitting outside on your private oceanfront balcony with a good book.
- Sun Protection: A long winter may have you wondering what happened to the sunscreen and those sunglasses you haven't seen since summer. And since your skin may need a little sun, it's no time to forget about protection. Even a cloudy spring day can do some damage, especially to pale skin that hasn't seen a single ray of sun in months. Be sure to pack a ball cap, visor or a straw hat to wear on the beach, along with some high UV protection sunglasses. And why not go ahead and invest in a new bottle of sunscreen for the upcoming summer?
- Umbrellas: Notice we said “umbrellas” because there are two types that come in handy in Myrtle Beach. Unpredictable spring showers make it smart to keep a rain-repelling umbrella at the ready, but many guest find it beneficial to bring a sun and wind umbrella for the beach. After the city of Myrtle Beach banned the use of larger tents and canopies a couple of year back, the popularity of beach umbrellas (a maximum of 8 1/2 feet in diameter) have been helping beachgoers stay shaded and shielded from the elements. Best of all, these can be purchased at local beachwear stores so it's one less thing you have to pack for the trip.
The best thing you can bring to the beach this spring is your reservation to The Strand, Myrtle Beach’s only oceanfront boutique hotel. Designed for those who prefer the finer things in life, from business travelers to professionals in need of a beach break, you can count on The Strand for comfort and quality throughout the upscale resort. Book your Myrtle Beach vacation with us today and we look forward to seeing you this spring.