A day at the beach certainly sounds magical – until you get to the beach and realize you’ve forgotten something. Here is a convenient list of must-have items that is sure to make your next day trip to the beach a certain success.
Sunscreen, Sunglasses, and Hats, Oh My!
First and foremost, let’s not forget the sunscreen, sunglasses, and hats. Even if your beach day is cool and overcast, you’ll still want to bring these items as harmful UV rays from the sun can penetrate even the thickest of clouds. You’ll get a sunburn regardless and you’ll be kicking yourself if you don’t bring a hat.
Beach Towel or a Blanket
Whether or not you actually plan on getting into the water, you’ll want a beach towel or a blanket to lay out on the sand. This will give you not only a place to sit, but protection from the sand getting into everything you own, especially if you bring food.
Snacks and Lunch
Make your beach day all the more special by packing snacks and a lunch so you don’t have to leave when you get hungry! Watch out for those sea gulls, however, as they’ll likely try to steak your PB & J right out of your hand.
Water and Drinks
Be sure to bring water and drinks, as a day on the beach is a thirsty affair, and adults, kids, and dogs will need to stay hydrated throughout the day.
Books or a Small Radio
Everyone reads on the beach, so don’t forget your perfect summer book. Or if you prefer, bring your little radio or Bluetooth speaker and play your favorite tunes while laying out on your blanket. Just don’t have your music too loud to avoid disturbing other people who might want to read.
Collapsing Lawn Chairs
If you don’t want to sit on your beach towels, make sure you bring folding chairs. These are easy to carry as they collapse to go into a special pouch with a shoulder strap to make transporting them all the easier. These chairs are a must for older beachgoers or anyone who doesn’t want to get sand all over themselves. Many of these chairs have drink holders, and some even come with convenient side tables. Do not forget these at home!
Light Jackets & Swimsuits
Even if it’s the height of summer, sometimes a day at the beach can be a bit chilly. Make sure you bring some kind of warm covering if the wind kicks up. Are you planning on swimming? Then obviously you’ll need to bring your swimsuit as well!
Don’t forget sandcastles, wave-riding, and kite-flying! Kids of all ages love beach toys of all kinds, so be sure to bring buckets and shovels for that masterpiece castle the kids will build, boogie boards for your older teens, surfboards for the young adults, and grab yourself a kite from the local souvenir shop. But above all else, be sure to have a great time!
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