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Dear Ate Zenie
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Dear Ate Zenie,


Our whole family will be having a beach vacation soon. My father just came home from his 10-month contract as a seafarer.  I am really excited about this and I want to prepare a lot for it.  I will be asking some tips on how to pack for a family beach vacation.  I’m pretty sure you can help me.  


Thanks in advance.




Dear Leila,

I can feel your excitement! Taking into consideration that it’s a family affair, for sure there will be a lot of fun!  Take time to relax and savor every moment you have with your family.

I’ve gathered some tips on how to pack for a beach vacation. 

I suggest, there is one bag for each family member.  This will help the members not to confuse with the belongings.

Part of the preparation is to make a list of the things that you will bring.

Watch the weather forecast – this will help you decide whether to pursue the plan or postponed it. 

Research about the place, if it’s a posh beach or not, or if there will be a “nightlife” – this will help you prepare what kind of clothes and swim suits to bring.

You may pack things for entertainment – beach umbrellas, surf boards, music and reading materials, and even board games.

Do not forget to bring important things such as basic first aid kit in case of emergency, camera – to capture every moment of your vacation, plastic bags to pack your wet clothes and all other things that your family need.

Pack the day or night before your vacation – this will help you find out if there are things you might still need to bring.

I hope I’ve become a big help to you.  Enjoy the beach!

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