So, you’ve taken the plunge and booked and confirmed your swimming holiday! Hooray! Now to think about what you’ll need to bring with you… But packing doesn’t need to be the boring old cliché of the past. We love the excitement that comes with planning for our next trip and packing is the final step! While our list isn’t exhaustive or mandatory, here’s our pick of what are our key essentials for a swimming holiday.
Multiple swimming costumes – First on the list is something to swim in and we suggested bringing at least two swimming costumes for your trip. Having more than one swimming costume saves the dreaded need to have to put a wet pair of togs back on for your afternoon swim and it’s also a great chance to show off your funky trunks or costumes to your new tripmates! (A top tip from SwimTrek Founder Simon is also to always carry a swimming costume in your hand luggage when travelling; even if you end up losing your bags, you’ll still be able to swim!)
Goggles (x2) – You’ll most likely have a favourite pair of trusty goggles that accompany you on most swims but bringing a backup is always a good idea. Having a second pair is perfect for if your old reliables start to irritate you or we encounter differing light conditions. We recommend one clear lens and one tinted lens to be prepared for both.
Environmentally friendly sunscreen - It is important to remember to protect yourself from the sun, even if swimming in cloudier conditions. Your back in particular will likely have several hours exposure to the sun each day, and so it is essential to take the necessary steps so that your skin doesn’t burn! We strongly recommend a sunscreen that is kind to the environment that we are lucky enough to enjoy swimming around. Mineral based sunscreens contain less harmful ingredients than chemical sunscreen and are importantly not linked to coral bleaching. For further protection, a rash vest is a great idea for locations where the sun is more intense, such as Egypt, the Galapagos and the Maldives.
Towel (x2) A towel is essential for drying yourself off after a swim session and to ensure you don’t get cold. It’s a good idea to bring two with you so that you can alternate them between the days and so they don’t get too wet or salty! A microfibre towel is also a great second lightweight option for carrying in a day pack.
Light sweater / wind breaker When out on the boat you can experience a little wind chill and you also can never tell when you may be surprised with a spot of rain! Having a light jumper to slip on after a swim is a great option to warm up after your dip as well as a handy thing to take with you in the evenings when out for dinner if it gets chilly.
Sun hat and sunglasses Plenty of our swim location are blessed with many days of sun per year and so it is important to remember to protect yourself other than just with your sunscreen. A sun hat in particular is an essential to prevent burning of your face, head and neck as we will stop for our lunches at the time of the day when the sun is at its most intense and you may not realise its strength on your skin, particularly if your skin is still wet and cool from your swim.
An underwater camera Bring this along and you’ll be one popular person! A camera is a great toy for capturing some incredible underwater shots of you and your tripmates. It’s also a handy tool for capturing your stroke and watching as your technique improves over the week!
What you don’t need to worry about - Swim caps – SwimTrek will provide you with swimming caps once you arrive and they act as a great souvenir after you’ve finished your trip - Drinks and snacks – SwimTrek will provide electrolyte drinks and water during your swim and a mix of snacks such as fruit, nuts and sweets after your swims - First aid kit – Our guides are fully trained first aiders and all carry a fully stocked first aid kit out on the swims with them
We hope that's enough to get you excited and get packing for your trip!