If you are someone that likes to be active when on holiday, packing the right clothes is essential. That includes your swimwear. When you make a wise purchase, you will be ready for anything from lounging on a sunbed, to jet-skiing or riding a banana boat. Here are a few tips to help you to buy great swimwear. The advice below applies whether you buy your costume from somewhere like JD Williams or a specialist sports retailer.
Be comfortable rather than ultra-fashionable
Most people feel a bit self-conscious when they are wearing just a bikini or bathing costume. To be able to truly relax and enjoy your chosen water sport you need to feel as comfortable about the way you look as possible.
So, don´t just follow the trend. It is great if the latest styles suit you, but, if they do not, never be afraid to wear something a bit more dated. After all, plenty of people will be wearing bikinis and swimming costumes that they bought years ago.
Is it suitable?
You need to think a little about what the dress code is where you are traveling to. Some beaches and swimming pools still ban the wearing of certain styles of swimwear. Be aware of these restrictions and fit in with them. You can find out what you need from articles like this one.
Get the fit right
If you are an active person whatever style of bathing costume you choose, it must stay in place, no matter what. You really do not want to end up popping out of your bikini every time you get back on your sailboard. Worrying about things is going to stop you from moving freely and getting the most out of your day.
Try it on properly
The only way to know for sure whether your bikini, swimming costume, trunks or shorts fit properly is to try them on. Put them on then bend over, stretch up, swing your arms from side to side and lift your knees up. Do this once while your costume is dry and again when it is soaking wet.
When you do all of this check that it does not pull or shift too much. It is also worth making sure that you can physically remove your swimwear when it is soaked and you are holding a towel around yourself with one hand. You do not want to pull a muscle struggling out of your wet costume and find yourself unable to enjoy your planned activities.
You should also see what your swimming costume looks and feels like when worn under clothes. There is a good chance you are going to want to wear it that way at least once during your holiday. For example, to walk to a far away, but beautiful and isolated beach, and go swimming.
Our beachwear packing tips
OK, so that covers swimwear, but what are the other summer holiday essentials you need? If you want to find out, all you need to do is to read our summer holiday packing tips article. You can find it here.