Going to the beach is fun. However, each day ends quickly if you forget to hydrate, and the best way to avoid that is to take your water bottle filled with water with you to the beach. Getting water into your body is crucial, but keeping it off all your other stuff is pretty important, too. So you will also need a couple of nylon pouches in your tote or beach bag—they’re perfect for damp swimsuits, and they also make a much better spot for sea glass and stones to gather than the bottom of your bag. Speaking of bags, there are many great options from Denim Beach Bags to neoprene totes. Last but not least is the towel. Of course, anything roomy and absorbent will do. These are just a few of the major things you need to take note of and pack in order to have a cool, dry and fun beach day. Below we discuss a few other essentials.
Shopping for the Beach
Everything is extra fun in the summer and that includes shopping. With the summer months in full sunny weather, you’ve most likely put away your fall and winter clothes. So it’s time to bring out the summer clothes and stock up on new items. Just like trying to figure out what to do with your free time, it can also get overwhelming trying to figure out what to buy and how to have the perfect summer closet including beach items for the many days you will spend on the beach. There are some beach day basics you should have which I’ll talk about in a bit. First off, let’s talk about how to go about your shopping. Shopping can be a good time to bond with friends and explore the city but it’s also very fulfilling to go shopping alone or shop online so you can properly browse through and take your time in picking out the perfect items you need for your summer closet. Some summer essentials a girl should have in her closet are, swimsuits, coverups, a maxi dress, shorts, airy t-shirts and crop tops, beach bags and sandals.
Packing for the Beach
Always pack water and snacks. It’s important to stay hydrated at the beach. Pack plenty of water. Watermelon, oranges, pretzels, cookies etc. Stay away from fried foods, items that can spoil in the heat or anything that can melt (like chocolate). If you plan to stay at the beach for more than a few hours, it’s always a good idea to bring a cooler to keep your foods at a safe temperature. For what to wear for yourself and for the kids you are going with yours or if you are babysitting, pack a cover-up or long sleeve shirt and extra t-shirts and shorts. The wind and water combination can cause chills at the beach. It’s better to have a long sleeve shirt available to put on a shivering child of yourself even. No one is immune to the cold you know.
Waterproof your valuables using Ziploc bags or plastic food storage containers to store valuables like keys, money, cameras, photo ID and cell phones. If your denim beach bag has a small zippered section or a separate pocket, store these items in there. Pack one towel per person. You might need 1-2 extra towels if you expect the first set to get really wet. Roll them and stand them upright or fold them flat and put them on the bottom of your beach bag.
Stock up on water-resistant sunscreen and lip balm with sun protection. Always bring enough sunscreen to account for several re-applications throughout the day for each person in in your beach outing group. Do not underestimate the sun. Apply sunscreen even though it’s a cloudy day. The rays can still get to you through the clouds even though you can’t see them.
I also pack a small travel size container of baby powder. It can be used on dry skin to remove sand. It’s great to use on your feet before you get back in your car or try to slide on a pair of shoes. Please note: It is not safe for babies to use powder even talcum powder because it can easily be ingested into their lungs. You can bring a lightweight blanket to the beach. Some people prefer chairs. Perhaps you bring both. If you bring a blanket, try to find one that is machine washable and does not absorb a lot of water.
An umbrella will protect you from the harsh sun rays and you’ll be very grateful for this. If you can, you should invest in a good quality sturdy umbrellas as the cheap ones can get easily broken or blown away by strong wind. But if a cheaper one is all you can afford, that is fine too so long as it provides shade.
Speaking of games, what you toss in your beach bag after you pack the essentials is dictated by how you plan to spend your time at the beach. Think of what makes the beach fun for you and your family or friends. Books and Magazines are a great option. If you can bring only paperback books and magazine so you don’t have to worry if they get wet. Frisbees, balls and other athletic equipment are also great. If you are going to the beach with kids they will help keep them occupied for some time while you have some time to yourself.Make sure to carry sand toys in a separate mesh bag. When you are finished for the day, put all the toys in the bag, dunk it in the water, shake it out, and carry it home. Then spread the toys outside to air dry. Treasure Jars are also a good idea. Bring a small jar or plastic container to protect your treasures. This activity is fun for both kids and adults.