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How to travel: what to pack for a naturist resort break

How to travel what to pack for a naturist resort break - cover ups, lotions and potions that you'll need for a nudist beach, or au naturel holiday | pic: Steve Betts/British NaturismThis is a bit of a departure from our usual stories on the full sweep of luxury travels and travel tips and advice we usually bring you here. But ever since we first wrote about our experiences of mixed nudist spas in Austria, we have been surprised at just how popular that story has proven to be. Ten of thousands of you have read that article and our first exploration of hitting the spa in the nude. So we thought it was about time to add some practical tips to the mix and combine it with other posts that you enjoy – our packing lists – because what on earth do you pack for a clothing optional holiday, or a trip to a naturist resort?

It may seem something of an oxymoron, to compose a packing list of essential items for a holiday at a naturist resort, but bear with us.

We’ve all packed our bags for a week or two away and had difficulty choosing what to take and what to leave behind. And if you’re flying, weight restrictions will also limit how much you can take.

So could a clothing optional or naturist resort break solve our packing problems?

I have very limited personal experience to call on, so that’s where Andrew Welch, spokesperson for British Naturism, comes in. He said: “It is difficult to go back to other holidays once you’ve experienced the freedom of a naturist resort.

“Of themselves naturist holidays are not that different to traditional breaks, naturism challenges some social conventions is all. You just need to get there and experience it.”

The weather is going to play a big part in what you will need with you and so perhaps we need two lists. One for warm countries and another for places like the UK. Here are 10 tips to consider when heading off to a naturist resort.

What to pack for a naturist resort break

Thinking of getting back to nature at a naturist resort?

Lots of sunscreen

This is a packing essential on any sunshine holiday, but given that there are parts of your body on show that don’t usually see daylight, be sure to give them extra protection!

Sarong

It is always useful to have something easy to wear just in case you need it. Also, a sarong is a multi purpose item, you can wear it, use it as a towel, or something to lay on the sand for you to sit on.

Hat

For the follicle-challenged among us a hat is a must have, it also shelters the eyes and can help prevent sunstroke.

A jumper

This is always useful to have in case the evenings turn a bit chilly.

Jewellery

Just because you’re not wearing clothes doesn’t mean you can’t accessorise.

Packing for a naturist resort? Don't forget a sarong, a hat and more essentials

Footwear

Flip flops, sandals, or footwear for going into the sea where it may be rocky. Also bear in mind that in destinations where nudist beaches are common, they are are often found at the edges of resort towns, so they can be in less desirable, or more rocky outcrops, but this doesn’t affect the swimming or sun-bathing there.

Insect repellant

Hmm… guess the bugs have more to aim at! Also, perhaps pack ointments for wasp or bee stings – better to be safe than sorry.

An open mind

Naturism has been popular for many decades, but even though tens of thousands of travellers enjoy it, it is still a minority preference. So if you want to try it for the first time, don’t be judgmental – go with an open mind and just go with the flow.

Self confidence

If you are getting your kit off for the first time it will take a certain amount of self-confidence. However, you won’t be the first to try it and everyone who enjoys the lifestyle, says it is very liberating.

People trying a naturist resort for the first time may feel awkward for the first 10-15 minutes, then they realise there is nothing to be worried about. No one is bothered about your nudity, and are instead pleased to welcome you as a new member of their growing community.

A smaller suitcase

Well, you’re not going to need as much clothing, or a selection of swimwear each day! Perhaps, you’ll be able to fly with hand luggage only, thus also saving money. However, if you want to leave the resort for the day, you’ll need some clothing, so take at least a couple of outfits with you.

Fancy a naturist resort break - here's what you need to pack for it | pic: Steve Betts/British Naturism

Some practical tips and observations:

  • Carrying a towel around a naturist resort is the norm as one is always used for sitting on.
  • Some people want to dress up occasionally and others don’t, both are fine. Often clothing optional resorts want you to wear something at meal times, others don’t. Food however is generally served while clothed.
  • Some couples try naturist resorts as one of the partners want the experience and so it is not unusual to have one partner clothed while the other is naked. “I know of only one resort that insists on the need to be naked all the time, and that is in Canada,” explains Andrew of British Naturism.
  • All resorts insist on you being naked when using the swimming pool. Studies have shown that swimming pools are much cleaner when used naked than when bathers wear swimwear.
  • The staff in a clothing optional resort are usually dressed although at smaller resorts with naturist owners you will most likely find staff naked like their guests.
  • Camera usage around other guests has to be handled with care.

“Visitors to a naturist resort, beaches or spas are generally friendlier, as all barriers are removed, which makes for a far more social setting and occasion,” said Andrew.

What to pack for a naturist resort holiday

Have you taken the plunge and visited a naturist resort before? Or have you been to a nudist beach? Share your tips and let us know what items you would you add to our packing list below.

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LiveShareTravel's co-founder Terry has never met a country he didn't like. In fact the more he has travelled the more he appreciates the world, and realises that people are largely reassuringly similar. He also enjoys discovering new cultures and has an endless wanderlust only matched by his passion for bathing in beer with new friends. Oh yes, he's most at home in the spa. Terry is also co-author of the The Luxury Traveller's Handbook.

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2 Responses to How to travel: what to pack for a naturist resort break

  1. I visited Euronat and CHM Montalivet last year (Summer 2016) – at Euronat it is the norm to dress up a little for the evening in the central area bars and restaurants, at CHM Montalivet a few did don clothes for the evenings but many did not. Well worth knowing, so you can be prepared!

    Looking forward to returning to Euronat this year, and will be visiting LA Jenny for the first time, too. I hope to go every year, if finances allow – and I’m English, born and bred – such a relaxing, liberating experience, free of care and I felt like I was experiencing my second childhood, cycling through the woods, playing boules, swimming and practicing archery. Thoroughly recommended!

    • Thanks for the insights Toni, that is useful information. We’re glad you enjoyed your time at Euronat and CHM Montalivet. Let us know how you get on at LA Jenny.

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