What should I wear if I don't have a swimsuit?

Swimming is one of the most accessible and inclusive activities, and everyone should feel safe and comfortable in the water.

When you go to the beach, you can choose a nice outfit to enjoy your summer vacation. Finding a nice beach suit doesn't have to be difficult. Don't like bikinis? No problem.

What to wear to the beach if you don't have a swimsuit?

If you don't like swimsuits or just don't feel like it. I have chosen here one of my favorite beach looks. It is a casual bodysuit.

Swimwear alternatives for travel

In the past, designers considered sun protection a functional necessity, regardless of style. Many swim companies now design attractive swimsuits and socks that offer UPF 50+. Swimsuits come in a variety of cuts and sleeve lengths. Manufacturers offer swim briefs in the form of shorts, skirts, petticoats, leggings, or tights. Even swimsuits can be found! Most of these pieces look like regular street clothes. That means you can use them as part of your Capsule wardrobe. They also have features that make them perfect for traveling.

What should I wear for swimming?

There are different types of swimwear. Here you can find more beach outfits to choose from.

  • One-piece swimsuits
  • Tankinis (long tops)
  • Bikinis
  • Swimsuits with skirts
  • Swim shorts
  • Swimsuits

Other types of clothing may be worn, depending on the policies of the local pool or the activity being performed. These may include

  • A T-shirt or pair of tight-fitting leggings under the swimsuit.
  • A wetsuit or tight-fitting T-shirt.
  • A burkini swimsuit
  • Thin 3/4-length nylon swim shorts.
  • Swimming trunks or board shorts
  • Leggings with or without shorts

What not to wear to the swimming pool?

It is important that the clothes are not too loose or made of heavy materials such as jeans or wool. They can become heavy and clogged, making it difficult to swim or float. It is also important to make sure that clothing does not get caught in the filters or other parts of the pool, so Lycra is a good material.

Other clothing items that should not be worn include.

  • Leggings over a swimsuit.
  • T-shirts and loose pants
  • Tracksuit or sweatpants
  • Shorts or outdoor pants
  • Jeans

Note: The above information is for guidance only. For more information and advice on appropriate swim attire, contact your local pool.

Here are some reasons why it is important to wear approved pool clothing:

Street clothes (especially cotton) can release pollutants from the air and water into the pool.

Absorbent materials like cotton can break down in the water. These fibers can clog pool filters and require expensive repairs. Lycra and nylon are the best non-absorbent materials for swimwear.

Any colored or dyed materials (unless specifically intended for swimming) can enter the pool and affect water chemistry.

Swimwear Requirements

All persons, both on deck and in the pool, must wear appropriate swimwear.

Infants and toddlers must wear swim diapers.

Only clean cotton shirts and sarongs may be worn on the pool deck. They must also wear an appropriate swimsuit under these garments.

Underwear or other clothing may not be worn under the swimsuit.

Prohibited clothing

  • Brazilian, French, thong, and/or see-through swimwear.
  • Streetwear
  • Jeans (including shortened jeans)
  • Skirts
  • Shorts
  • Sports bras
  • Bodysuits
  • Leggings
  • Dri-fit clothing
  • Compression shorts and shirts

What to pack for swimming

Swimsuit. This can be a swimsuit, shorts, t-shirt, and/or leggings. Check with your pool to see if there are guidelines for acceptable swimwear. Some pools do not allow certain swimsuits.

Towels. A towel is essential for drying off after swimming. It is advisable to bring more than one. It's always good to be prepared!

Bathrobe. If you don't dare walk around the pool in a bathing suit, it's good to bring a terrycloth bathrobe to cover you up and keep you warm.

Swim cap. Bathing caps can be useful for those with longer hair. Not only do they keep hair out of your face, but they also reduce "drag," which makes swimming easier.

Goggles. Although not absolutely necessary, it is advisable to wear goggles when you swim for the first time. When you pack to swim, be sure to bring goggles to make swimming easier and protect your eyes from chlorinated water.

Other things to pack for swimming.

Toiletries. Chlorine and other chemicals used in the pool can dry out your skin and hair a bit. So remember to bring shampoo, conditioner, bubble bath, moisturizer, and any other toiletries you may need.

Hair clips or elastics. For those with longer hair, it's a good idea to wear hair clips or elastic hair bands if you plan to swim without a swim cap.

Flip-flops or bathing shoes. You may not feel like going barefoot, or you may be afraid of slipping in the pool. In that case, pack some flip-flops for the walk from the locker room to the pool.

Coins for the locker. Some pools allow you to take your bag to the side of the pool, while others have lockers that usually require coins. There is nothing more frustrating than arriving at the locker and finding that you need a pound coin or token. It's probably worth calling ahead and asking the front desk what is required for the lockers.

Water bottle. Swimming is a form of exercise. When swimming, it's important to stay hydrated. In the pool, you don't even realize how much you are sweating and therefore how much water you are losing. Remember to bring a water bottle, keep it by the pool, and drink regularly.

Snacks. Take a small snack with you, such as a banana, to eat right after your swim. This will help you replenish the energy you've used while reducing the risk of raiding the vending machines after your swim.

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