Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Getting Beach Vaction Ready with Speedo #VacationWithSpeedo

This post was sponsored by Speedo. I received Speedo product as compensation.

Last week the groundhog saw his shadow, meaning 6 more weeks of Winter. While some of my friends were upset about this, it didn't really affect us in FL. It's been a very warm winter, with days in the 80's, meaning lots of pool time and a nice Winter tan :)

Both my husband and I grew up on the beach. He lived directly across from the beach while I was a short 3 miles away. We spent the majority of our childhood with sand in our toes, salt in our hair and not a care in the world. Now that we are adults, I yearn for those weekends. Although we live in Tampa, we are an hour from the beach which is a big change from crossing a road.
While planning a vacation or a trip back home, we always pack workout clothing. If we are vacationing somewhere with a pool or a beach, we try to plan to get a few laps in. For me, that means packing essentials that do not take up much room in the suitcase. Today I am going to show you how to easily pack the necessities you need to stay fit and stylish for a beach or pool vacation.

The first necessity of a beach vacation is a cute bathing suit. However, finding a cute bathing suit for swimming laps is very difficult. Have you ever tried swimming laps in the beach wearing a string bikini? Yeah, don't do it, waves are not your friend. Thankfully Speedo USA has a ton of suits, both one piece and two piece that can go from fitness to beach style. I was particularly fond of the Speedo Keyhole One Piece with PowerFLEX eco.  With its contemporary cut and key hole cutout, it can quickly go from swimming laps to laying out in the Caribbean. One thing I love about this suit is that it has removable padding. Most one pieces do not have padding.
Aside from the right style bathing suit, you need a cute beach cover up that can act as a sundress, easily going from the beach to your next destination (shopping, beach bar, lunch, spa). I always have a headband handy for such an event. Also, be sure not to forget a cute hat, cute sunglasses, your favorite book and of course sunscreen! I keep all of these items in my beach bag and leave them in there, so I never forget to bring the necessities with me.
Speaking of beach bags! The best kind is one you can use for multiple purposes. The Speedo Teamster Backpack is just that for me. I took my Teamster Backpack with me on a recent cruise. I used it at the beach, at the pool and it doubled as my computer bag! With its multiple zipper pockets and a removable dirt bag, you can easily stash your wet suit without making the rest of your stuff damp and keep your valuables safe. Not only is it functional with a side water bottle holder and multi media pouch, it's also a super cute bag with pink flamingos.
Swimming laps in the pool means you need goggles and I will be first to say that having a decent pair of goggles is very important. The MDR 2.4 Polarized Goggle with Elastomeric goggles I received from Speedo are amazing. They reduce glare and are so clear you forget you're wearing them. Speaking of forgetting that you're wearing goggles, I have yet to have red marks around my eyes when I get out of the pool. My husband also owns a pair and lost his sunglasses one day while we were at the pool. He decided not to take his goggles off after getting out of the water, using them to shield the sun. We won't make fun of him :)
Last but not least, let's talk about my biggest pet peeve after getting out of the pool or beach - being wet. I hate wet clothes, wet bathing suits and the feeling of not being dry. Sure the sun will dry you off but I am all about anything to expedite this process and Speedo has such a product. The Out To Dry Microfiber Towel was the answer to my wet bathing suit nightmare. It's super absorbent and will quickly dry you, your clothing and your hair! This towel is very thin and compact so it does not take up too much room.

Now off to dream of my next cruise or beach trip. Cheers!

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