I’m baaaack! Well for a few days at least. I will be leaving again soon for a fun blogger meet-up in Phoenix.
Spending a full week on a beach without a care in the world was total bliss.
This wasn’t our first time in Cuba so we’d done most of the touristy activities and tours already. This time was all about scoring the best spot on the beach and then kicking back with my Kindle.
What I Packed For One Week All Inclusive Vacation
It was a week long trip. I knew that I had to pack snorkelling gear so carry on luggage was not an option.
For seven days I packed,
3 two piece bathing suits
2 beach cover-ups
2 hats (one for swimming, I always wear a hat in the sun)
1 pair of shorts
1 long velvet duster
1 rash guard
1 pair of water shoes
1 pair of sandals
1 pair of flip-flops
For the plane ride I wore
a long black maxi skirt with a top, black closed toe Clarks, my black scarf, a beret and my thin down jacket with a hood. Coming back on the plane I wore a t-shirt with the same outfit. Since we went from -5 C to 30 C I needed something warm enough to get to and from the airport. I wore socks with my shoes to keep my toes warm also so that I can kick my shoes off on the plane as my feet swell up like balloons. The lightweight down jacket folds up into a tiny ball and can be used as a pillow. On a windy evening the scarf came in handy as a shawl. The beret was great coming back with my beach hair.
I was happy with my packing overall.
Turns out that two of the bathing suits were unnecessary but that is because I have a pinched nerve and wasn’t able to get in the water and snorkel or swim as I would have liked. I will be heading to the chiropractor in hopes of a miracle cure. My pointer finger and thumb on my left arm have been numb for ten days now. They have a pins and needles sensation in them that can extend to the whole arm with severe pain when it gets really bad. I was hoping that a week on the beach would clear it up without any kind of medical intervention but that hasn’t worked. So that is the long story as to why I only ended up using the one bathing suit.
Every day for breakfast I wore shorts and a t-shirt.
Nothing fancy. I realize now that I could have only taken two t-shirts as I only wore them for breakfast and could have just alternated. Yes! I’m that
boring relaxed when I’m on vacation.
Since I knew we’d spend every day at the beach only a cover-up, hat and bathing suit with flip-flops was necessary for daytime.
This is my favourite cover-up ever. I’ve had it for years and love it. You may recognize it from my last Cuba trip…
Or from my Jamaica trip…
This “new” cover-up is actually a dress I bought at ModCloth which I haven’t shown on the blog. It has a very unique handkerchief hem.
I styled it for winter with a sweater, tall boots and a belt but actually prefer it on the beach.
I think I might prefer everything on the beach.
We only took the camera out twice so I have a limited number of photos from this trip.
I made every effort to stay unconnected and totally in the moment.
It was wonderful, you should try it!
Lots of women I saw at this resort didn’t even bother with beach cover-ups.
It was an adults only resort and I was delighted with the number of women I saw of all ages and sizes wearing whatever kind of bathing suit they wanted and showing it all off.
Everyone was loving the skin they were in.
Maybe it was the joy and freedom that comes with being on vacation that allowed women to let go of any negative body issues and celebrate their bodies in such positive way.
No shame, just love.
Now to figure out how to carry that through to the rest of our lives…
I read this today and thought it touched on the subject perfectly,
“Society’s obsession with outer beauty. – As you grow older, what you look like on the outside becomes less and less of an issue, and who you are on the inside becomes the primary point of interest. You eventually realize that beauty has almost nothing to do with looks – it’s who you are as a person, how you make others feel about themselves, and most importantly, how you feel about yourself.” Marc and Angel
Next time I’ll share the dresses I chose for this vacation.