If it’s been a while since you last went to a spa, you might need to make a to-take list to ensure you don’t forget the essentials. To make sure you’ve got everything you need, here’s a roundup of the key items to pop in your bag. Once you’ve followed these tips, all you’ll need to do is lie back and relax.
Change of clothes
This seems like an obvious point, but it can be easy to forget that you’ll need different items of clothing during your spa visit. First up, pack your swimwear. You’ll probably be going for a swim or sitting in a sauna between treatments, so make sure you have your costume handy. In fact, you might want to pack two costumes in case you decide to go back into the pool for another swim later in the day.
Also, you’ll need some fresh underwear. You might want to stay in your swimming costume for the duration, which is totally fine. However, if you do opt to stay in your swimsuit, you’ll be offered some paper underwear for your massage, and you might be more comfortable in your own knickers or underpants instead.
A lot of spas will give you some slippers to wear during your visit, but this isn’t the case with every spa so it’s better to bring your own just in case. Plus, if you opt for the spa’s slippers, you’ll find that they get wet after a while, especially if you’re in and out of the pool and steam rooms.
By popping on your own flip-flops, you’ll be used to walking in them and the rubber soles will make it easy to get around the wet areas.
Do you usually wear contact lenses? It’s not recommended to wear these in a pool or sauna as your eyes can become irritated, so remember to take your glasses with you. Do have your contact lenses ready for when your spa day comes to an end, but it’s better to protect your eyes with your glasses in the meantime.
What not to bring
So, we’ve covered some of the things you need to take. Here are some items you can leave safely at home:
Jewellery – keep all valuables at home. You don’t want to lose your earrings in the pool or have a necklace digging into you during a massage.
Hairdryer – spas will have hairdryers in the changing rooms, so you don’t need to take yours with you.
Food – there’s usually a café or restaurant where you can grab a bite to eat during your spa day.
Are you going to a spa soon? What will you take with you?