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Bought a rash vest last year , as realised could no longer reach the whole of my back to reapply sun cream. It was great, lived in it most of the holiday. Needed less suncream. Didn't have to remember how long I'd been in sun when snorkeling. Lots of people who paddle board, snorkel, kite surf etc wear them all the time. Around £20 Amazon.Also got shorts.
If I had more need to cover up, I'd get longer shorts, or a burkini.
in the pool or sea it is definitely a rash vest with a collar and long sleeves, and long boardies (nothing underneath those). All sold at Tesco or similar. The pool will destroy clothes so don't waste money on labels.
take it off when you get out as you'll get chilled if any breeze, replace with a close weave shirt. No daft floaty cover-ups. Plus suncream of course.
For the beach I'll probably use a couple of big, thin linen/cotton shirts I have and maybe rash vests if they're comfy.
But not sure what I'm allowed wear at the pools at the Eurocamp-y type place (they've mandated speedos for men and no swim/board shorts...am guessing its to avoid sand from beach being brought into pool?). I won't be swimming but will be playing with dd in the shallow pools/splash park. (Dp will do the swimming and water slides).
I bought a rash vest from Decathlon last year. It is tight though so I had to get a size up to feel comfortable. I hadn’t thought of wearing a shirt as a cover up. What ones will give good sun protection without being too hot to wear? I imagine denim shirts to be too thick or the thinner ones to be too flimsy.