Sex on the Beach: Your Weekend Getaway Must-Bring List

As summer approaches, so do summer weekend getaways – which are a perfect time to spice up an old relationship or heat things up with someone new (lucky them!). In this 5-part series, we’ll cover how to get ready for weekend getaways.

If you’re planning to head to the beach this summer, follow these tips for a better sex-filled beach weekend:

  • Pack wisely. Try on your swimsuit at least one week before you head out of town and make sure it still flatters your body. This should give you plenty of time to shop for another if need be – not that you’ll be spending the entire weekend in your suit, but still.
  • Bring lube. If you’ll be spending time in the water, know that it dries the vagina so post-swim sex is often helped with lube. If you’re having sex back in your room, water-based lube is the way to go. But if you’re planning to take it into the hot tub or swimming pool for a late nigh rendezvouz, consider a silicone-based lubricant that comes in a small sample pack (the better to arouse each other, but not suspicion).
  • Set the mood. Add summer or beach themed music to your iPod to psych yourself up. For starters, think: Boys of Summer, Endless Summer Nights, Margaritaville California Girls, or Summer in the City.
  • Bring one really big towel. You can’t count on a hotel to have an awesome towel, although some do. So make sure to pack at least one he towel. How big? Big enough that if you decide to have sex on the beach, you’ll be less likely to roll around and get sand in places where it doesn’t belong and will likely itch for the next day or two.
  • Pack sunscreen. It’s not just for your skin’s health (though that’s important) but if you get sunburned, you may not want to be touched for a whole day or two, resulting in a sex-less weekend vacation. Either that or you’ll have to be very creative about positions so that you have sex but you don’t touch each other on any burned spots.

Debby Herbenick, PhD is a sex researcher and educator, a widely read sex columnist and author of Because It Feels Good: A Woman’s Guide to Sexual Pleasure and Satisfaction. Follow her on Twitter@mysexprofessor.

About Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick

Dr. Debby Herbenick is a sex researcher at Indiana University, sexual health educator at The Kinsey Institute, columnist, and author of five books about sex and love. Learn more about her work at