About once or twice a year, I meet up with a group of friends at various local spas for a luxurious morning of pampering. Our ultimate- and ambitious- goal is to visit every luxury spa in the Bay Area (see the list of our favorite places below).
These visits happen just infrequently enough that I always forget what I am supposed to bring with me. This may sound trivial, but if you are missing certain key items, you won’t be able to take full advantage of what each spa has to offer.
So I have created a list of necessities to help those like me who don’t spa often enough to remember.
- Your bathing suit: This is the most important item to remember. Most luxury spas have some combination of a hot tub, sauna, and steam room, so forgetting a suit means you miss out on a lot of the fun. I recommend arriving at least an hour before your treatment so that you can enjoy these opportunities first, as they will help your muscles relax and put you in the right mindset.
- A bag for your wet suit. I don’t really need to elaborate on this one, but this will prevent everything else in your bag from turning wet and soggy.
- Sunscreen. Especially if you are receiving a facial or other skin treatment that might leave you feeling sensitive to the sun.
- Water. Hydration is particularly important if you plan to spend any time at the sauna, steam room, or hot tub.
- Snacks. Depending on the length of your spa day, it might be wise to bring some light snacks such as almonds, trail mix, or fruit to keep you going. I never like to eat a heavy meal before a treatment, so I tend to get hungry mid-morning, and having a massage with a rumbling tummy isn’t very relaxing!
- Clothes and make up. We typically go out for lunch afterwards, so it’s nice to bring something cute to wear, especially since you will have the luxury of getting dressed without children hanging all over you or calling your name every 10 seconds. Enjoy this time!
- Cash/wallet in a plastic baggie. As un-classy as this sounds, I do this just so that my nice wallet doesn’t get wet or oily after all the treatments you’ve been through.
- Flip flops. Most luxury spas provide you with appropriate sandals, but if you are picky about your footwear then bring something that is comfortable and waterproof.
- Hair brush. ‘Nuf said.
- Minimal jewelry. The less jewelry you have on, the less you have to worry about losing anything if you decide to remove it for a treatment or procedure. Most masseuses prefer you wearing no jewelry; it makes their job easier with less restrictions or accommodations.
If you love spas, don’t forget to check out some of my favorites on the peninsula (in no particular order):
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(This post was originally published on Mid-Peninsula Mom’s Blog on January 25, 2018)