I packed my bag and in it I put…
If you’ve ever spent more than a few hours in a car and played this game then welcome back to your childhood memories.
With that in mind, we’ve got the ‘can’t-do-withouts’ that we always take on our summer beach holidays; and we’re channeling a bit of that retro vibe whilst we do it.
Apparently the human mind can only remember five to nine items in short term memory at once. We, (ahem) might pack a few more items than this when we go to Europe on our beach holidays so grab a pen a paper and jot this little lot down.
Oh…and our score at this game? 56. Let us know if you can beat it @hammamas.aus
One-piece, bikini, boardies – whatever your preference, bathers are must-haves for any European beach holiday.
Apparently all th e cool kids are wearing 90s Retro-style high-waisted bikini bottoms, tops with tie shoulders and polka dot patterns whilst looking to the future, wearing sustainable and ethically produced swimwear. We salute you!
A book (of some kind), and bathers
Fiction, non-fiction or that celeb autobiography you’ve been dying to get your head into for ages – pack a good book for when you’re relaxing on the beach. Travel guides to plan your next adventure or just some guilt-free trashy magazines work well too!
Forget Google translate and instead learn a bit of the lingo with a phrase book for the country you’re visiting. “Una copa de vino por favor!!”
A camera, a book (of some kind) and bathers
Ditch the mobile phone,selfies and detox from your Insta account for a while, and instead take a digital camera. Or even better, go completely analogue with a single-use disposable camera so that you’ll be surprised by the pictures when you get them developed back home and can relive your adventures again.
Speakers, a camera, a book (of some kind) and bathers
Whether it’s DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince with Summertime or Bryan Adams’ Summer of ’69; you’ll want to share your favourite tunes with your nearest and dearest by the pool or on your hotels room balcony.
A beach hat, speakers, a camera, a book (of some kind) and bathers
Did someone say straw Trilby hat? A Fedora will work well too. We’re also quite partial to a Visor (yes really!) Whatever keeps your face and skin protected. Plus…no one will know if you’re really just taking a siesta underneath that wide brim.
Snorkel Set, A Beach Hat, Speakers, a camera, a book (of some kind) and bathers
If you’re headed somewhere with unmissable underwater creatures then don’t forget a good quality snorkel kit or goggles. Your own kit will fit better than anything you could hire.
An inflatable floating unicorn, snorkel set, A beach hat, speakers, a camera, a book (of some kind) and bathers
If the sun is still out by the time you’ve managed to blow it up then an inflatable is definitely worth the effort for relaxing in the pool or sea.
Beach umbrella, an inflatable floating unicorn, snorkel set, A beach hat, speakers, a camera, a book (of some kind) and bathers
We love a beach shelter or tent to make our home at the beach for the day. Buy it at your destination and then pay it forward by leaving it behind.
Sunnies, beach umbrella, an inflatable floating unicorn, snorkel set, a beach hat, speakers, a camera, a book (of some kind) and bathers
Sunglasses. Need we say more?
Thongs, sunnies, beach umbrella, an inflatable floating unicorn, snorkel set, a beach hat, speakers, a camera, a book (of some kind) and bathers
Given you will be spending most of your time at the beach or by the pool, a pair of your best Havaianas are one of THE beach holiday essentials. We like to take a pair for the day and a dressier pair for those nighttime strolls to dinner. You can even match a pair with a Hammamas.
Water bottle, thongs, sunnies, beach umbrella, an inflatable floating unicorn, snorkel set, a beach hat, speakers, a camera, a book (of some kind) and bathers
Get yourself an insulated and reusable water bottle for the plane.. and planet.
Plastic bottles are bad for the environment and you can get one with a built-in filter in case you’re not sure of the water quality #💚environment
Backpack, water bottle, thongs, sunnies, beach umbrella, an inflatable floating unicorn, snorkel set, a beach hat, speakers, a camera, a book (of some kind) and bathers
A backpack will serve all purposes. It can be your flight bag, beach bag, and carry-all.
Beach towels, backpack, water bottle, thongs, sunnies, beach umbrella, an inflatable floating unicorn, snorkel set, a beach hat, speakers, a camera, a book (of some kind) and bathers
And last but not least, throw in your Hammamas 100% Turkish cotton beach towels. These can also be your blanket, beach mat and sarong which means that you get to buy yourself four – one for each purpose!
Wherever you’re jetting off on your beach holiday, we wish you love and summer vibes from the Hammamas team 🛪
Eight countries share a border with Turkey: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Iran, Iraq, Syria, Bulgaria, Greece, and Georgia but there is still plenty of incredible Turkish coastline to enjoy – over 8,000 kilometers of it in fact!
We think Turkey’s coastline has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Each has something different to offer (and sometimes a combination!): history, nature, watersports, relaxation or food.
If you’re wondering why we chose Turkish cotton for our Hammamas beach towels then the answer is simple. Turkish cotton is a premium long-fibre cotton. The extra long fibres mean there are fewer joins and this makes the cotton stronger and smoother than regular cotton. Because of the uniqueness of these threads, Turkish cotton becomes even softer and more comfortable over time as it’s used and washed.
So start browsing our range and read about some of the places we’ve explored on our travels in search of the best Turkish cotton for our Hammamas towels.
Let’s start on Turkey’s southern coast, also known as the Turquoise coast (#nofilterneeded). Kaputaş Beach is a small beach between Kaş and Kalkan in southwestern Turkey formed by a gorge that opens out into a stretch of sand. This means it’s tucked away…below 187 steps that you have to climb back up again at the end of your visit. We warned you!
Still, we like it because it’s a popular beach with locals (and we consider ourselves a bit of a local here), which gives it a different feel to many of Turkey’s other beaches; and if you go on a windy day there are fabulous waves.
Facing the Aegean, Alacati provides the ideal wind conditions for kitesurfing, sailing and windsurfing – so that’s where we go when we’re feeling more adventurous. We also love the sandy beaches and mineral springs here. Icmeler is also a good choice for water sports and we love water skiing and diving here. And when you come to the surface, you’ll be mesmerised by the pine forests which surround three sides of this unique Turkish beach.
Turkey’s longest beach, Patara, is a good choice too. It’s 12km of pretty lucious white sand. On one side you’ll see mountains and on the other sand dunes and mimosa bushes. This was once the harbour area of Patara and is now designated a national park so you’ll probably see lots of wildlife, especially birds and the endangered Caretta Caretta as this is their breeding ground.
We don’t have favourites at Hammamas but some say Cirali is ‘The Ultimate Beach’. Why? Well there are several reasons – the soft sands, the miles of orange groves and shady gardens hung with hammocks and lanterns. What we love, is to stay in the Treehouses that hang almost secretly just back from the beachfront itself.
If you’re an eco-warrior or foodie then you might like it here because of its environmental commitment and amazing array of fresh food from salads to filled gözleme flatbreads.
A short walk to the western end of the beach takes you to the ruins of ancient Olympos. If you feel like a bit more history then bike and hike out to Chimaera, where flaming gases vent from an apparently haunted hillside – OOOOOooooooo!
Whatever your choice, they definitely make our list of the most amazing beaches in the world and ooooze relaxation and calm.
You can’t avoid ancient ruins when exploring Turkey. In Bodrum you’ll find the original mausoleum, which is one of the Seven Wonders of the World and the Castle of St Peter. What you’ll also find here is a bit more sophistication and Turkey’s night life with more than one night club!
Before we go, we should mention the Hammams. Not to be confused with our 100% Turkish cotton beach towels, a Hammam is where you should go for a scrub, some whipped-cream-like-suds and massage. It’s the ultimate in rejuvenation. Firstly, you sweat it all out, wrapped in a pestemal (a thin cotton towel), in a sauna or steam bath. Then you lay on a warm marble plinth where you get treated to an all-over exfoliation treatment with olive oil soap. And finally – the best bit – the massage.
Famed for its beaches, food and weather, Turkey really does deliver the unique atmosphere of the Middle East. So now when you see the label on your Hammamas saying “100% Turkish cotton” you can also picture the amazing place it’s made.
With love from the Hammamas team x