Planning a beach trip?
The last thing you want is to show up at the beach and realize you’ve forgotten your sunblock or any number of the other important items you must-have for your trip.
Let’s face it, that’s the easiest day to run a day, and make your trip miserable.
So forget all that. Instead, follow this checklist. We’ve got a list of must-have items for any beach trip. Pack these, and you’re going to be set for whatever comes along.
Ready to dive in?
Beach mats have plenty of space so everyone can sit off the sand, and many have weighted edges so if a strong gust of wind comes, it won’t blow away (or get sand everywhere).
Not everyone is made to be out in the sun for all hours, plus it’s not great for your skin. So also invest in getting a good umbrella or shade screen that can anchor into the sand and help give you an escape out of the sun.
Some people love sitting on the sand, if that’s not you, there are tons of lightweight portable yet sturdy beach chairs out there now. Some even come with cupholders and built-in little coolers so you can always have a cold snack right in your reach.
This one is a biggie. Make sure you have enough sunblock for your group, and that it’s the waterproof kind. Also, set a timer so you know when to reapply to help prevent burns.
First Aid Kit
The odds are very good you’re not going to run into any major issues on the beach, but sometimes you might step on a sharp rock or shell and cut your foot. Having a first aid kit on hand can help. Don’t forget to add some bug spray and aloe to it too.
Portable Mini Safe
If you’re nervous about what to do with your stuff when you get up, consider a portable mini-safe. These are small and lightweight with straps so you can carry them with you or wrap around a leg chair and tuck into the sand.
Today, a cooler bag is a must-have for any beach trip. You can pack all sorts of cold food and drinks in yours, and even some extra aloe if you need it. Don’t forget to include some healthy snacks in ziplock bags for a quick recharge — you can also use these bags to keep your phone dry too.
You might not care about wearing these in the water, but after a long sandy day at the beach, they can be great on your feet for walking home. No one likes trying to get their wet foot into a sneaker, right?
Change of Clothes
Finally, don’t forget an extra change of clothes, just in case. While you might dry off during the day, it’s not unusual for a surprise group dinner or trips the bar becomes the afternoon plan. You’ll feel better with a fresh set of clothes to wear instead of your swimsuit.