Nothing nourishes the soul like a relaxing spa day. Unless you are a spa newcomer, which in this case you might be nervous or confused about what to pack and what to expect. I put up a list of things you need to know before your first spa visit.
Do your research! Most spas offer a variety of services and amenities in different price ranges. Make sure to book what suits your needs and budget. And always remember to book your visit early, as appointments tend to fill up quickly.
Most spas require newcomers to complete a health questionnaire upon arriving or online. Make sure to ask for your preferred male or female aesthetician. If you do not choose, the spa will assign any available aesthetician for you.
What to pack?
Now that you booked your visit, you can start packing your tote. I always encourage people to make a checklist on their phones. You can use this list to make sure you packed your personal belongings back when you are done with your visit.
Most spas will supply towels, robes, slippers, and body moisturizer. You are always welcome to bring your own if you like.
You would want to take care of your personal hygiene after that long relaxing day so make sure to bring deodorant, a toothbrush and toothpaste. Do not forget to also bring your facial moisturizer, sunscreen, and lip balm.
If you are like me, I always like to bring a change of clothes for after the treatment. It just feels like a brand new day to me.
Bring a bunch of hairbands, cause, believe me, you'll lose half of them between treatments.
Spas usually offer plastic and not eco cups. So bring your own reusable water bottle to help eliminate plastic use.
Bring a lightweight bathing suit. I have a few that I only wear in spas. Make sure to bring a reusable bag for your wet bathing suit.
Pack some workout clothes if you are planning to use the gym spa.
Most spas offer healthy snack options. But in case they do not, make sure to pack some protein bars.
Make sure to drink a lot of water and stay hydrated before and during your visit.
Try to avoid big meals for at least 2 hours before your appointment. You will be laying on your stomach and it won’t feel comfortable.
During your appointment, you will be guided to a private room or a locker room where you can change into a clean robe and slip into soft, comfortable spa slippers. Your aesthetician will walk you over the treatments and the spa amenities. Try to arrive at least 30 minutes earlier to take advantage of the free on-site amenities.
At the end of the day, it is always nice to show your gratuity towards the service provided by your aesthetician. Do not forget to tip 15-20% of the full price of the service even if you used a gift card.
Last but not least, inform your loved ones that you won't have access to your phone so you can put your feet up and completely relax.