Beach Blanket – I Wanted More than Simply a Beach Towel

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A beach blankets is more than only a beach towel thrown on the shore with your shoes on the corners to hold it down. It should offer more features: such as ease of use, easy to carry, ability to keep in place under high wind conditions, easy to wash, easy to set up and breakdown, comfort, durability and lightweight.

I can’t tell you how many problems I’ve run into trying to get a little sun at the shore. My beach towel wasn’t long enough, I couldn’t get comfortable due to the lumps under my spine or the beach towel kept getting blown around. Basically, I just wanted to stay out of the scorching sand rather than have it all over my body. I had an answer to such issues.

I began doing online searches for beach blankets. There were quite a few choices to pick from; however none provided all the conveniences I hunted in an easy to carry version.

Why not have one that contained inflatable cushions, waterproof and sand proof pockets, Velcro corners you could fill with sand to weigh it down along with a soft foam construction for ultra comfort. What about using a soft towel lining (the part you put on) which can be removed and washed? Obviously this blanket would need to be simple to lie outside and pack up-especially in the end of the day when you are tired and just want to contact your air conditioned car.

Last, my fantasy blanket had to be trendy. I wanted to pick my color. What about the ability to have my college logo put on the washable beach towel lining. I also did not want to sacrifice durability and ease of cleaning for fashion. Have a look around to see your choices, but if you would like the plushest of Beach Blankets.

Packing for your first international trip

By Aniket Singh (Author of Intern Abroad This Summer)

You have reached the final moments before you embark on the journey of a lifetime. Sounds really exciting, doesn’t it. But, you still have one big, and important, step to complete – that of packing for your trip. While what you take in your suitcase depends on where you are going, and how much you need as a person, here are some packing tips to get you started:

  • Make a checklist: Keep a checklist handy while packing to make sure that that you don’t forget anything. Before you start, write down all the things that you would be needing, remove those which may not be that necessary, and tick off the list as you go. Keep the checklist handy on your return trip too. This will ensure to carry back with you whatever you got.
  • Pack for the weather: Check the season and temperature of the place that you are going to and pack accordingly. There is no point in taking thermals during summer, or shorts during winter. Always get into the airplane with some winter wear clothes in your luggage, just in case you need them when you disembark.
  • Professional and casual wear: Bring a mix of both – you may have to dress professionally at work, but there will be plenty of occasions where you can dress casually. Always carry atleast 2 sets of formal shirts/trousers for men and 2 sets of formal skirts/trousers/blouses for women.
  • For contingencies(if you need to buy clothes internationally):This happened to all of us. We land in a foreign country and suddenly realize that we forgot to pack a Tshirt, jacket or a set of underwear. Make sure you know which are the cheapest fashion outlets in that country. For example Old Navy and H&M are amongh the most reasonable anywhere in the Western World.
  • Invest in a good suitcase: International travel will require long commutes in airports. The last thing you want is a broken suitcase. Invest in a sturdy trolley/bag, which is not too bulky and is easy to carry around. Generally going for a good and trusted brand is a key. A good brand may be slightly expensive but may easily last your lifetime and you will never need to buy a new one.
  • Medication: Make sure that you pack all the medicines you require. Some countries may not have the same medicines that you are used to, or they may be too expensive. Keep a medical kit ready with essentials like advil,ibuprofen,antiseptic etc. One thing that proves handy to tackle jetlag is melatonin. It helps you sleep when you need to sleep.
  • Toiletries: Stock up on small toiletries – soaps, shampoos, deodorants, toothpaste – these may be more expensive in the country you are going to. However, don’t buy huge, bulky toiletries.
  • Food: While some countries are strict about the kind of food you bring, carrying a couple of maggi packets or ready to eat food packets may be a great help when you are not able to cook a proper meal/eat out.
  • Keep your documentation ready: Put your passport, insurance, tickets, and all other important documents in a separate handy bag and keep that on your person always. Once again invest in a branded travel wallet which might just last your lifetime.

About the Author:

 Aniket Singh works for Apple Inc. in California, United States. He is also the author of “Intern Abroad This Summer“.

Aniket holds a BTech degree in Electrical Engineering from the IIT, Madras, Chennai, and a Master’s degree in Wireless Systems from Politecnico Di Torino in Torino, Italy. He has interned at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdom and Ecole Polytechnic Federale de Lausanne in Lausanne, Switzerland during this studies.

Visit him at Aniket Singh .

Check out his book at Intern Abroad This Summer . It teaches you how to find fully paid summer internship and intern abroad.