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Fun Beach Games For Your Next Pawleys Island Vacation

Family on Beach

Fun Beach Games For Your Next Pawleys Island Vacation

We know that you can’t wait for your next vacation to Pawleys Island! After all, this coastal Carolina paradise has some of the most breathtaking beaches along the eastern seaboard! And if you’re travelling with some little ones, we all know that it can’t hurt to have some fun games and activities lined up for them during your day at the beach. And remember, there’s no age limit on having fun, so here are a few great beach games to enjoy on your next Pawleys Island vacation. 

Family on Beach

Musical Towels

We’ve all played musical chairs, so you can probably see where this one is going, but there’s sure to be fun times (and hilarious video) when you combine good music with family competition. Simply lay out your beach towels, have someone spin your favorite beach jams on their smartphone or speaker and when the music stops, the last person not on a towel is eliminated. Since everyone is on sand, the game will get a unique spin, with players trying to find their footing and making acrobatic dives to try to stay in the match.

Scavenger Hunts

A scavenger hunt along the beach is a fantastic way to occupy the attention spans of kids, challenging them to locate and document various things they might spot along the coast. The list can be as long or short as you wish, and things on it can range from pelicans to Frisbees to someone wearing a yellow swimsuit doing the Macarena. OK, you may not want to get that specific, or if you’re really trying to pose a challenge, have at it! You can also make it a collector’s scavenger hunt by having contestants gather various color seashells, pebbles, driftwood or other beach findings.

Sand Pictionary

We all know kids love to doodle, and what could be more fun than drawing on the beach with the sand as your canvas? For a fun beach-themed version of the classic game Pictionary, simply jot down a bunch of different drawing ideas on scraps of paper and toss them in a hat. Ideas can be anything you like, but since you’re on the beach you can’t go wrong with sea-centric figures like dolphins, surfers and sailboats. The first drawer chosen grabs a topic and will have a minute to create a picture while the others in the game will try to correctly guess what it is. If the picture is guessed, the drawer can grab another topic and keep going until time is up. The drawer gets one point for each picture that the group guesses correctly, and play rotates after each person’s turn. In between rounds of splashing in the surf, this is sure to be a great way to pass the time while on the beach!

We’re sure that these activities are sure to be a hit during your beach days on your upcoming vacation to Pawleys Island. And if for some reason you haven’t made plans for a Pawleys Island vacation, what are you waiting for? Summer is here and The Litchfield Company is here to help you book fantastic vacation accommodations at leading Pawleys Island resorts like Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, Pawleys Plantation and True Blue Resort. Head over to our accommodations page and book your next vacation to Pawleys Island in just a few clicks!

Oceanfront King Bedroom at Litchfield

Bring Your Sweetheart to Pawleys Island for Valentine’s Day

Heart in Sand

Bring Your Sweetheart to Pawleys Island for Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and if for some strange reason you haven’t planned something special for you and your sweetheart, we have great news! Since Valentine’s Day is on a Friday this year, it’s the perfect time to plan a weekend vacation to Pawleys Island! So, what are some great ways to show your special someone how much they mean to you? While there are tons of great restaurants and attractions to visit when along the Grand Strand, here are some of our top recommendations for your Pawleys Island Valentine’s Day vacation.

The Hammock Shops and Village

The Hammock Shops and Village has been a beloved destination for Pawleys Island visitors for decades. Based around the Original Hammock Shop and open since 1938, you and your sweetheart can peruse local fashion and gifts in shops like Whitmire Fine Jewelry, The Isle Co., Alter Ego or Elegantz and twenty other fantastic boutiques. Couples can also grab a bite to eat at the Bisqit or Southern Comforts. Bisqit features a unique menu based around–you guessed it–fluffy buttermilk biscuits, with juicy burgers piled high on these southern staples. Signature choices include the Southeast (topped with country ham and pimento cheese), the House (topped with braised pork belly, onion rings and horseradish white cheddar) and the Breakfast Burger (blended pork sausage and beef patty topped with thick cut bacon, over-easy fried egg, American cheese and maple bacon aioli). Over at Southern Comforts, diners can choose from classic Southern comfort food favorites, all composed of the freshest local ingredients available. Featured dishes include buttermilk fried chicken, homemade meatloaf and slow-roasted bourbon pork. Southern Comforts also tempts diners with superb local seafood choices like their award-winning shrimp and grits, Apalachicola oysters and local grouper, served fried, grilled or blackened. A trip to the Hammock Shops and Village is sure to be a great way to spend an afternoon or evening during your Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island!

Atalaya Castle at Huntington Beach State Park

Within the grounds of Huntington Beach State Park resides Atalaya, one of the most historic and gorgeous landmarks along the entire Grand Strand. A tour of these tranquil grounds is a perfect romantic activity! The castle was the vision of Anna and Archer Huntington. Archer was a wealthy industrialist and Anna was a talented and passionate sculptor. Following Anna’s diagnosis of tuberculosis in 1927, the couple decided winters in South Carolina would be preferable to those in New York City and purchased property in Pawleys Island where Huntington Beach State Park and Brookgreen Gardens reside currently. The castle was built between 1931 and 1933, drawing inspiration from Moorish architecture and spanning 200 feet in width and length and housing 30 total rooms. Atalaya was bestowed the honor of being listed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1984. As guests tour the property they will feel transported back in time, strolling through the corridors and archways and touring the open courtyard area adorned with towering palmetto trees. Be sure to make a tour of Atalaya a part of your upcoming Pawleys Island Vacation!

Now that you’ve got a couple of great things to check out on your Valentine’s Day vacation to Pawleys Island, the last thing left is booking the perfect accommodations. The Litchfield Company provides you with just that, showcasing fantastic rental condos and suites at top Pawleys Island resorts like Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, Pawleys Plantation Resort and True Blue Resort. Even better, with our specials you can save big on our already amazing rental rates! Make plans to visit Pawleys Island with your sweetie for an unforgettable Valentine’s Day weekend and book with the Litchfield Company today!

Turkey and Dressing Tastes Even Better at the Beach!

Family sitting at table around Thanksgiving dinner

Turkey and Dressing Tastes Even Better at the Beach!

Look, we get it. You might only think about taking a Pawleys Island vacation in spring or summer. After all, the beach and a summer vacation go together like peanut butter and jelly. But did you know that the average high temperature for the Grand Strand in November is still 67 degrees? So while it might not be the time to take a dip in the ocean (without a wetsuit at least), it’s still plenty warm enough to enjoy a walk on the beach or a couple of rounds of golf at some stellar Pawleys Island area courses like True Blue, Caledonia or Pawleys Plantation. And with Thanksgiving right around the corner, why not consider a multi-family vacation to Pawleys Island? Here are some tips to make it happen.

Family sitting at table around Thanksgiving dinner

Step One: Book Your Accommodations

Of course, everything starts by reserving the perfect accommodations, and the Litchfield Company offers several great combinations that are sure to be fantastic for you and your family. Our modern condos at Heron Marsh showcase three bedroom, two bathroom layouts with variable bedding arrangements, full kitchens and contemporary decoration. Grandma and Grandpa can relax and enjoy the gorgeous views overlooking saltwater marshes while the kids can stream all their favorite shows via complimentary WiFi, so everyone will be happy! Or, if a golf course view is preferable, you can always reserve the three bedroom villas at nearby True Blue Resort or our huge four bedroom villas at Pawleys Plantation Resort.

Step Two: Plan Your Thanksgiving Dinner

Pawleys Island offers plenty of convenience with three different grocery stores only a short drive from our partner resorts. Lowe’s Foods, Publix and Fresh Market are all only a few minutes away and all three of these establishments offer the freshest meat and produce selections, with Fresh Market in particular featuring a large selection of locally-sourced selections. And just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean that your dinner has to be all about turkey! You can have a deluxe smorgasboard provided by Get Carried Away and dine on lowcountry favorites like shrimp and grits, hashbrown potato casserole or a huge lowcountry boil teeming with local shrimp, sausage, potatoes, corn and zesty seasonings.

Step Three: Have Fun While You’re Here!

Outside of the big meal, there will still be plenty of great attractions to enjoy during your stay! Golfers can challenge their game at any of the 80+ Grand Strand area courses, with almost all available within a 30-minute drive from Pawleys Island. Need to get some Christmas shopping done? From the Hammock Shops Village in Pawleys Island to Myrtle Beach destinations like Coastal Grand Mall and Tanger Outlets, you’re guaranteed to find the perfect gifts and big time Black Friday deals for your friends and loved ones. And with plenty of great live entertainment options like Pirates Voyage, Legends: In Concert and the Alabama Theatre, your vacation will be filled with plenty of fun and excitement!

See? With three easy steps you’ve enjoyed an amazing Thanksgiving trip to Pawleys Island! But before you create lifelong memories you need to visit the accommodations section of The Litchfield Company website to find the ideal Pawleys Island condo for your getaway. All it takes is a few minutes to book your vacation to Pawleys Island, so visit the website today and come see us for a coastal Carolina Thanksgiving!

Four Ways to Relax and Unwind During Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Girl in Lazy River at Litchfield

Four Ways to Relax and Unwind During Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Although Pawleys Island offers tons of fun activities and thrilling excursions to try out during your South Strand vacation, the laid-back coastal destination is also the perfect spot to relax and unwind. At Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort, guests have plenty of ways to enjoy a tranquil and serene condo rental experience. If you’re hoping for a beach vacation that will bring you tranquility and peace of mind, try out our four following suggestions.

Yoga on the Beach

The Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is located right along the coast, so whether you’re staying in an oceanfront condo or one of our nearby beach homes, you’ll have easy access to the sandy shores of the Atlantic. Make the short walk or drive to the beach, where you can enjoy a relaxing walk, or really tap into your sense of inner tranquility through meditation/yoga. We suggest yoga at sunrise for an extra special view of the watercolor hues of the Carolina sky. I don’t know about you, but “Namaste” at the beach!

Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort Pool Amenities

You’ll find two primary pools onsite at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort in Pawleys Island. The outdoor pool amenities can be found at the Play Pool Plaza, which includes a mini waterpark, lazy river, and lounge deck. The outdoor pool area is the perfect place to bring a book and enjoy poolside relaxation while sunbathing. Guests also have access to the indoor pool and hot tub, located inside the Health Club. Be sure to visit the steam room or sauna before heading back to your condo as well.

Hit The Links

Whether you consider yourself a seasoned professional, or you’re looking to try the sport of golf for the first time, you’ll find that hitting the links is a great way to unwind during your beach vacation. The best part is that you won’t have to travel far away from the resort to do so. Our golf specialists are standing by to help build the perfect golf course recommendations based on your skill and preference. Grab some clubs and get ready for a relaxing day on the greens.

Happy Hour on The Deck

What better way is there to relax and unwind after a long day of vacation experiences than with a signature cocktail and live music? Guests can take part in Happy Hour from 4pm-7pm nightly at the Litchfield Beach & Golf Resort’s tiki bar, The Deck! Make sure you stop by on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5pm-8pm for live music from a variety of local entertainers. Catch up with your fellow travelers or just sit back and relax while enjoying our Lowcountry-themed drinks and small plates.

From strolling or meditating along the shore to lounging poolside to playing a round of golf, Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort has you covered for an idyllic, relaxing beach vacation. Leave your worries behind and start planning your next trip to the Hammock Coast today!

Fireworks Displays Along the Grand Strand

Fireworks

Fireworks Displays Along the Grand Strand

During your Pawleys Island vacation, you will enjoy plenty of great ways to spend your day. Whether it’s lounging along our pristine beaches, playing a round or two on our amazing golf courses or getting an adrenaline rush at an amusement park like Family Kingdom or Wild Water and Wheels, your trip is bound to be memorable. But as the day turns to night, the perfect way to wrap things up is watching the sky sparkle at one of the weekly fireworks displays around the Grand Strand. Check out some of these dazzling pyrotechnic displays during your upcoming trip to Pawleys Island.

Fireworks

Broadway at the Beach

Holding the crown as South Carolina’s most visited tourist attraction, there are lots of great reasons to visit Broadway at the Beach. Broadway is home to popular destinations like Ripley’s Aquarium, Hard Rock Cafe, Wonderworks and the Pavilion Nostalgia Park, as well as scores of unique shops and over a dozen fantastic restaurants. But if you only make one visit to Broadway at the Beach during your vacation, you can’t go wrong with visiting on Tuesday and sticking around for their huge fireworks show at 10 PM. Blasting off over Lake Broadway, this show features hundreds of huge mortar shots lighting up the sky with colorful showers of sparks.

Barefoot Landing

During your vacation you’ll definitely want to head to North Myrtle Beach and check out Barefoot Landing, a huge entertainment complex and home of the House of Blues and the Alabama Theatre. Barefoot Landing features plenty of great restaurants and dozens of specialty shops and boutiques, all situated amongst a beautiful saltwater inlet area and adjacent to the Intracoastal Waterway. Every Monday night during summer, Barefoot Landing hosts a world-class fireworks extravaganza. The show kicks off at 10 PM and you will be dazzled by the vibrant display that turns the sky into a kaleidoscope.

Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Baseball is just more fun at the beach, and you’ll definitely want to catch a Pelicans game while on your vacation. The Myrtle Beach Pelicans are the single-A minor league affiliate of the Chicago Cubs and have seen previous players like Brian McCann, Adam Wainwright, Jason Heyward and Joey Gallo graduate to MLB stardom. The Pelicans feature a great promotional schedule with themes like Elvis Night, Halloween Night and Woodstock ’99 Night, and throughout the rest of the season they will feature fourteen nights of post-game fireworks. A full list of dates for their firework show nights can be found on their website.

If you’ve already booked your Pawleys Island vacation, we’ll see you soon! If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? Let Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort provide you with amazing accommodations at our partner resorts. From cozy and modern villas at True Blue Resort and Pawleys Plantation Resort to modern oceanfront condos at our resort, we are sure to have the perfect spot for your Pawleys Island getaway.

Celebrate Creativity at the Brookgreen Art Festival

Brookgreen Fountain

Celebrate Creativity at the Brookgreen Art Festival

A vacation to Pawleys Island is a great way to unwind and escape our everyday stresses. But in addition to clearing our mind, there are plenty of great ways to enjoy the arts, with the most well-known being Brookgreen Gardens. Brookgreen Gardens is home to one of the country’s largest sculpture collections and also features a rotating collection of exhibits by local, national, and international artists year-round. Each year on the first weekend in June, Brookgreen Gardens hosts their annual Art Festival, and for art lovers and those interested in learning more about art in various mediums this festival is a must-see event!

Brookgreen Fountain

Since its opening in 1932 by founders Archer and Anna Huntington, the gardens have served as not only one of the finest botanical sanctuaries in the United States, but also a beacon of creativity with a huge sculpture collection boasting over 1400 figurative sculptures. In addition, Brookgreen Gardens promotes the arts heavily through things like demonstrations by sculptors-in-residence and weekly sculpture and drawing workshops. The Art Festival is a yearly celebration gathering artists from around the region and country to exhibit their creativity and skill in different mediums including paint, ink, and, of course, sculpture. There is never a bad time to visit Brookgreen Gardens, but the Art Festival is sure to be one of the best weekends of the year at the gardens!

In fact, since the Brookgreen Gardens Art Festival takes place over a weekend, why not plan a weekend vacation to Pawleys Island? After all, Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort is conveniently located just a few miles away from Brookgreen. Don’t miss out on all the fun and book your weekend trip to Pawleys Island today!
 

Shop ‘Til You Drop on Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Shop 'Til You Drop on Your Pawleys Island Vacation

There’s nothing like a Pawleys Island vacation to melt your stress away and enjoy a laid back getaway from the everyday hustle that we all deal with. From lounging on some of the most beautiful beaches on the east coast, dining on fresh local seafood at an oceanfront restaurant or enjoying world-class golf, there are a ton of ways to spend your leisure time during your trip to Pawleys Island.

And if you consider yourself a shopaholic, there are lots of great local shops and venues to snag the perfect souvenir to remember your Pawleys Island vacation by! Here are some of the best spots to peruse for deals on your upcoming trip to Pawleys Island.

The Hammock Shops Village

With a history dating back to the 1930s, the Hammock Shops Village features over two dozen unique shops all centered around–surprise!–the original Hammock Shop. In addition to their selection of handmade rope hammocks, the Hammock Shop also offers homemade fudge and unique arts and crafts for the home and garden. Fashion fans can browse coastal garb at clothiers like Haute Hanger and Pawleys Island Wear as well as fine and fashion jewelry at Elegantz, Details by Three Sisters and Whitmire Fine Jewelry. Kids and kids-at-heart are sure to love the amazing toy and game selection offered by the Freckled Frog. Also, a great selection of niche shops like Isle of Candles, Christmas Mouse and High Country Olive Oil offer something for every shopper.

Pawleys Island Outdoors

Looking to prep for some fishing or just to get the essential gear for a day at the beach? You’ll find it all at Pawleys Island Outdoors! Conveniently located on Ocean Highway across from the Caledonia and True Blue golf courses, Pawleys Island Outdoors has been the go-to spot for outdoor enthusiasts since opening in 2006. Inside the shop, you will find every essential piece of freshwater and saltwater fishing gear including rods and reels, lures, line, outerwear and live or frozen bait. Pawleys Island Outdoors is also an authorized dealer for the most popular outdoor items and accessories like Yeti coolers, Guy Harvey shirts, GoPro cameras and Costa Del Mar sunglasses. They also operate a sister shop nearby that offers rentals for bike and kayaks as well as beach essentials like chairs and umbrellas.

Litchfield Books

If you’re the type that prefers enjoying a good book while lounging on the beach, make Litchfield Books your first stop on your Pawleys Island vacation! Litchfield Books is an independent book shop that has been a locals’ favorite for years, providing all the top New York Times bestsellers, literary classics and a rich selection of works from local writers. Whether you’re looking for a pulse-pounding mystery, a light-hearted memoir or a historic account of lowcountry life, Litchfield Books will have the perfect page-turner for your vacation. The shop also carries a large variety of commemorative gift items and greeting cards for special occasions. Litchfield Books has also earned a large following for their weekly Moveable Feast luncheon series that invites local and nationally-renown authors to discuss their works with readers, with past guests including Harlan Coben, Pat Conroy, Cokie Roberts and David Baldacci. Enjoy the same friendly atmosphere and great selection of literature that locals have come to love and visit Litchfield Books during your trip to Pawleys Island.

Beyond the Pawleys Island area, the rest of the Grand Strand offers other great shopping venues like the Market Common and two Tanger Outlet Centers. But if you haven’t planned your Pawleys Island vacation yet, there’s no better time than now! The most popular weeks of summer are reserving fast, so be sure to check out The Litchfield Company’s great deals at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, Pawleys Plantation Resort or True Blue Resort. From cozy one bedroom golf course suites to deluxe six bedroom Pawleys Island beach houses, we’ve got the perfect accommodations at the best price for your upcoming trip to Pawleys Island!
 

Next Level Beach Hacks for your Pawleys Island Vacation

Family on a beach towel on sand

Next Level Beach Hacks for Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Let’s face it: to turn a phrase made famous by Reese’s, there’s no wrong way to enjoy a Pawleys Island vacation. But there are always ways to make your already fantastic vacation even better! From finding ways to curb sand that sneaks its way everywhere to quick and easy cures for getting too much sun, there are some great hacks out there to make your trip to Pawley Island even more enjoyable. Here are few amazing tricks to get the maximum enjoyment out of your upcoming Pawleys Island vacation.

Family on a beach towel on sand

Apple Cider Vinegar For Sunburn

You’ll always want to layer up with sunscreen when you take a trip to the beach, but if you still wind up with some sunburn, a spray bottle of apple cider vinegar diluted with water offers a quick and inexpensive way to take the sting out. The nutrients in apple cider vinegar replenish those needed by sunburned skin and aid in the healing process.

Ziploc Bags Are Your Friend

From sand to saltwater, there are some pesky elements at the beach that can be troublesome to your belongings, especially items like smartphones and sunglasses. A small investment in a few Ziploc bags can help ensure these items don’t get scratched or waterlogged while on the beach.

Baby Powder: Sand's Worst Nightmare

Speaking of sand getting everywhere, while everyone loves going to the beach we usually don’t like to take too much sand back with when we leave. The solution? Baby powder! Just a little sprinkle on those parts of your body that sand is sticking to will have those sticky grains sliding right off like magic!

Keep the Kids Happy and Entertained

It’s a simple equation: happy kids at the beach equal happy parents at the beach. And there are plenty of great tricks and hacks to keep your kids safe and entertained during your day at the beach. For example, if your kids are a little too young to venture out into the ocean, bring along a plastic shower curtain, dig a hole in the sand with them, use the shower curtain as a pool liner and fill the hole with water for a makeshift kiddie pool! Kids need to cool off? The night before your trip fill up water balloons and freeze them. Bring them with you and after they thaw out it will make for a fun way to beat the heat. And when it’s time for a refreshing beverage, frozen Capri Sun pouches are sure to hit the spot!

With these great beach tips and tricks, your upcoming Pawleys Island vacation is sure to be an amazing time! And if for some reason you haven’t planned a summer trip to Pawleys Island there’s still time to take advantage of our summer booking deals to reserve an amazing Pawleys Island beach house or condo for you and your guests. Check out our fantastic partner properties at Pawleys Plantation Resort, True Blue Resort and Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort and make plans to visit Pawleys Island this summer!

3 Unique Beach Games to Try on Your Pawleys Island Vacation

Beach Fun

3 Unique Beach Games to Try on Your Pawleys Island Vacation

There’s nothing like hitting the beach on a sunny day with some pals to enjoy some friendly competition. Luckily, on your Pawleys Island vacation you can enjoy some of the most pristine shoreline available along the east coast!

Outside of beach activity standards like frisbees and footballs, there are plenty of great beach game and gear options to enjoy on a sunny afternoon. Here are a few of the most popular and unique beach games for you to try during your next trip to Pawleys Island.

Beach Fun

Spikeball

Having garnered quite a following since being featured on Shark Tank, Spikeball is a fixture on many beaches all over the country. This fast-paced game involves two-on-two competition where players must spike a ball off of a provided hula-hoop size net sitting on the ground. Similar to volleyball, each team gets three hits to ricochet the Spikeball back off the net and force their opponent to answer their volley. The game allows for a 360-degree field of play with no boundaries, so rallies can get pretty wild! Several variations of Spikeball sets are available, from their sturdy tournament kits to their kid-friendly Rookie set with a larger net and ball.

BucketBall Beach Edition

If you’ve ever found yourself tailgating at a football game, you’ve likely seen rowdy groups of people tossing ping-pong balls into plastic cups filled with some sort of beverage. You might have even played a game or two. With Bucketball’s Beach Edition kit, you can enjoy a supersized version of that classic group game. The game is simple enough: toss your ball into the buckets across from you with the first team to make all six buckets the winner. Since the beach can be quite sandy, we wouldn’t recommend using beverages to fill your buckets, so some ocean water or sand should work nicely!

Murbles

For a classic game that can be played by those of any age or physical ability, you can’t go wrong with bocce! But sometimes the sand on the beach can make for a less-than-perfect playing surface. Thanks to Murbles, you can enjoy all the fun of bocce along the soft sandy shores of Pawleys Island! Made in the USA from recycled plastic, Murbles are slightly smaller and much lighter than traditional bocce balls. They also are not perfectly round, which adds an interesting element of unpredictability to your matches. And if you play a little too close to the waves, don’t worry because Murbles float!

With miles and miles of unspoiled beaches, there’s plenty of space to enjoy these fun beach games on your next Pawleys Island vacation! Be sure to check out the great spring booking specials available with the Litchfield Company to reserve your trip to Pawleys Island at an unbeatable price. Whether you’re looking for a cozy one bedroom golf course suite at Pawleys Plantation Resort or a deluxe six bedroom oceanfront beach house in Pawleys Island, we are sure to have the perfect vacation rental for your upcoming lowcountry getaway!

Packing Tips From the Pros

Packing

Packing Tips From the Pros

Everyone loves taking a vacation to Pawleys Island. After all, with as hard as we all work in our everyday lives, everyone deserves to take a relaxing trip to this lowcountry paradise! But packing up all your belongings for your getaway can be a drag. You show up in your condo, unzip your suitcase only to find all your beach clothes are wrinkled beyond comprehension. Or, even worse, you forget an essential and now have to spend valuable vacation time shopping for things you already own.

Here are some great tips to ensure that packing for your trip is a breeze and that your Pawleys Island vacation doesn’t hit any snags when you arrive.

Packing

Make a List, Check it Twice

Lists aren’t just for grocery shopping or finding out who’s naughty and nice. The first thing you should do before throwing a bunch of stuff in your luggage is make a list. Having your essentials down on paper and physically checking them off as you go is the foolproof way to make sure the first stop on your Pawleys Island vacation isn’t at Target or Walmart. And once you finish packing, give your list one last review to make sure you’ve got it all.

Know the Limits for Your Carry-on

The last thing anyone wants when they’re checking in for a flight is to find out that their carry-on is too large and must be checked. Limits on bag or suitcase dimensions are easily found on the websites of your airline and ensuring that your luggage isn’t oversize will eliminate the potential of extra luggage fees.

Ditch the Fold, Roll with the Changes

If you’re still folding your clothes when packing, be prepared to get to know your condo’s iron as you spend your trip fighting creases embedded into all your outfits. The way to go is rolling your clothes which results in less wrinkling. To step it up a notch and create more space in your suitcase or duffel bag, try enclosing your clothes in vacuum-sealed bags! This can greatly increase the amount of clothes you can fit in your bags which is a huge advantage if you’re traveling by plane.

Keep Things Fresh

Even if your clothes are recently washed, being packed into an enclosed small space for an extended amount of time can result in some not-so-great smelling shirts and pants. To alleviate this, try inserting a small bag of potpourri or a few dryer sheets between outfits to keep your clothes smelling like they just came out of the laundry!

Bag up those Bottles

Travel-size bottles for toiletries like shampoo, conditioner and lotion are very convenient–until something mashes them in the wrong way and suddenly your clothes are covered in Pantene. By bagging up those bottles in Ziplock-type freezer bags (heavier duty equals safer) you’ll make sure that an accident only results in an extra purchase rather than a day of laundry. For even greater security, use plastic wrap to seal the openings on your travel bottles then screw the lids shut.

Leave Room for Souvenirs

Pawleys Island has tons of great local shopping venues and you’re sure to find the perfect souvenir to remember your trip. And beyond Pawleys Island, the rest of the Myrtle Beach area offers tons of great shopping venues. Make sure you have room to bring these back with you, especially if you’re flying!

With these great packing tips, your Pawleys Island vacation is sure to get off to a fantastic start! If you haven’t planned your spring or summer trip to Pawleys Island, our amazing booking deals will ensure you get first-class accommodations at unbeatable rates. From modern two or three bedroom condos at True Blue Resort to deluxe oceanfront Pawleys Island beach houses at Litchfield Beach and Golf Resort, you’re sure to find the perfect accommodations with the Litchfield Company!