Beach Vacation

The Hampton Inn logo, in flip flops. Will I win 25 nights at a Hampton Inn? Credit: Kim Orlando, TravelingMom

Like preparing for a ski trip, packing for the beach is unique. Whether you are flying or driving to a beach destination, you have to bring a long list of beach necessities: bathing suits, of course, flip flops, beach coverups, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, beach toys, a summer beach book.

When we go to a beach house, we also throw in beach towels, boogie boards, a beach blanket, a frisbee, swim noodles, beach umbrella, waterproof portable speakers, a cooler – and most important of all, the gin and tonic. There is something about the salt air that goes so well with a gin and tonic, plus the drink is light enough to sip in the sun.

At resorts with swim up bars or bar service on the beach, this is also my quintessential summer quaff.


Some of our favorite family memories have come out of beach vacations, so I thought of how we pack for the beach to enter the incredible Hampton Instagram and Twitter contest. This giveaway, which runs through June 17, tasks you with ‘framing a memory’ with Hampton’s iconic hexagon logo.

The grand prize is 500,000 points, or enough for 25 nights in a 20,000 rewards hotel. You can create a lot of memories there.

Post a photo or video to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #myhamptonmemory and #entry, and be entered for your chance to win. And enter again tomorrow – you can enter daily.

So get creative and start framing memories.

This post was sponsored by #MyHamptonMemory