I Heart The 80s:We are heading to the beach this summer. I will pack 2 suits. I figure one they can wear, while the other is wet/or being washed. We'll have washer/dryer in the condo so that helps. I agree with PP; putting on a cold, wet swimsuit is the worst.
Ditto the two swimsuit suggestion. Even without a washer and dryer, we've never had an issue with a suit not drying off by the next day. Perhaps boy's trunks and rash guards dry faster than girl suits.
Each summer, DD ends up w/ at least 5 or 6 swimsuits, so I just pack them all. If we are only going somewhere for a weekend/few days, I pack 2 or 3.
I normally have about 4 or 5 swimsuits each season too.
Even now that my kids are older, when we go to the beach for 2 weeks in the summer, my kids each have 3 bathing suits. Three suits allows for this scenario:
Suit #1 for morning beach time, change into dry clothes for lunch so you don't drip everywhere, put on suit #2 (which is dry) for afternoon beach time, and one extra in case yesterday's suits didn't get dry or it rained overnight, or in case you have a "wardrobe emergency" or something, it doesn't require an immediate trip to the store for a replacement suit.