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So you’ve finally convinced yourself that it’s time to take a nice vacation to a beach. First step to getting beach ready, pick a location. Once you’ve chosen a location, you’ll need to get yourself ready. Some things you may need to do to look like you belong on the beach include: getting a new bathing suit, toning up your body, get a nice spray tan, and whiten your teeth. Other ideas might be to go to a salon and get a wax, highlights, manicure, and a pedicure if you feel like pampering yourself.

When it comes to choosing a new bathing suit, there is a lot of things to consider. Do you want a bikini or a one piece? How much are you willing to spend on it? Do you care about color or designs? Or do you prefer comfort over appearance? After you choose a bathing suit, if you’re anything like me, you’ll also want to get other beach attire. I’m a huge fan of flip flops, I even wear them in the middle of the winter. I’d also look into a big floppy beach hat, a nice umbrella to block the sun when I’ve had enough, and any other items I can think of. But I also tend to over pack on trips.

If you choose to tone up your body to get yourself ready, you’ll need to decide what the best workouts for you would be. If you don’t exercise very often, I’d suggest walking, jogging, or other light activities. To work on your abs, you can do sit ups, crunches and other workouts. If you’re already a member of a gym, you’ll be able to use their equipment to workout. If you’d prefer to work out at home, there’s a lot of videos on fun home workouts. Yoga is also a calm and good way to stay in shape.

Choosing to get a spray tan so you look like you belong on the beach is common. Although, you might want to make sure you don’t get too dark of a shade, no one likes to look like a carrot. If it’s your first time getting a spray tan, try going with the lightest shade to see how it’ll look on your skin. Wait a few days, and go back before your trip and decide if you need a darker shade or not. Although spray tans are quick and easy, some people can have bad reactions, so know the risks before you go.

Getting your teeth whitened can also be a good idea. Your teeth will especially stand out if you decide to get a spray tan. Whitening your teeth can not only make you look more appealing, it can also boost your confidence and make you feel good. Going and getting your teeth professionally whitened can be quite expensive sometimes. Most home whitening kits do just as good of a job as the professionals while only paying a small fraction of the cost. You can also do a home whitening kit while you’re working out at home; killing two birds with one stone, as they say.

Going all out and pampering yourself with a salon trip can be fun, but also costly. If you decide to, I suggest nice subtle highlights for your hair. If you opt for a manicure and pedicure, try and avoid overly bright colors. Keeping it nice and simple will help make sure they go with every outfit, so that money isn’t wasted. Waxing can be painful, I won’t lie to you, but it is convenient for some people. You can get a wax and more than likely ditch the razor for the duration of your trip.