White one piece / Breton stripe dress / Ray-Ban aviators / White Tretorn sneakers / Jack Rogers / Wicker bag / Lip balm / Tinted moisturizer / Canvas beach bag / Sea salt hair mist / White t-shirt / Shep Shirt / Seersucker top / Gold wedges / Rainbow flip flops / Breton stripe top / Pink earrings / Denim shorts / Pink wedges / Floral two piece / Pink dress / White baseball hat / A good book
Ok people. It’s March and the spring break countdown is ON. I feel like I haven’t been on a real vacation in so long, so I am absolutely brimming over with excitement. Today I want to share with you what to pack for a beach trip because I’ll be at the ocean in a few weeks for my trip.
I’m starting to plan out what I’m going to bring with me so I know what I “need” to buy. Today’s post features some things I am planning on packing, like this bag and these pink wedges, and some things I am loving for warm weather, like this wicker bag and this seersucker top. Packing is so important, and it’s an art I’ve definitely gotten better at. I used to throw a bunch of things I liked into my suitcase, but when I was trying to decide what to wear from that pile of random things, it was so hard. The easiest way to pack is to plan your outfits and only bring those outfits with you.
I’ve been really lucky to go on some really great trips, and I’m someone who doesn’t love to travel (planes). I still can’t believe I got to go to Paris and London, as well as travel around England and Wales with my friends. I also have tons of fond memories traveling with my family.
One of the more exhilarating memories involves my dad and a shark. Yep, my dad and a shark.
My family once went to Atlantis in the Bahamas when I was in like the 5th or 6th grade. One day we went on an excursion to a little island where we fed stingrays and giant tortoises, and Trey even found a big conch shell and we got to have conch literally fresh out of the ocean.
When we were on the island, the Bohemian men that worked the excursion had a long rope with bits of fish in a giant clump at the end that they used to feed the sharks. During the excursion, sharks swam up pretty close to the shore and the Bohemian men threw the rope out to the sharks. I guess that’s how you fish for sharks! They pulled a shark in, but it had kind of swallowed the fishy end of the rope.
During this whole experience, my family was watching rather hesitantly–except for my dad. The Bohemian men were trying to prevent the shark from swimming off with the rope, so my dad grabbed the shark and opened its mouth while the Bohemian men got the rope out of its teeth and stomach. While this was going down, the men, who we’d kind of befriended, were saying, “Woah, man!” as my dad was basically wrestling this shark. It was thrashing around while my dad held it and my mom, brother and I were a mix of shocked and scared.
When he finally let it go, I remember being relieved and amazed at the same time. Well, amazed that one person can be so crazy (hi Dad!) and so fearless. My dad has always been a daredevil and the risk-taker of the family, but this took it to a whole new level. Now our family will joke about it and give my dad a hard time when he talks about something not being safe … “Oh says the guy who wrestled a shark!”
So when I’m thinking about what to pack for a beach trip, I know that the memories made in these clothes will also come back in my suitcase with me. The memories in my black and white scarf from London and the Neverfull from New York City are even more valuable than the items themselves. I can’t wait to make more of these kinds of memories with my family on our latest trip … but hopefully they don’t involve a shark this time!
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Holly Hoehner has her bachelor’s degree in public relations from the University of Oklahoma. She considers herself more of a Russell Westbrook than a Kevin Durant and enjoys learning about and participating in the digital age, blogging about anything that comes to her mind and creating witty Instagram captions. Holly was raised a die-hard Sooner fan in Edmond, OK.