fun in the sun: a checklist to avoid beach day burnout
What to bring on your next beach trip to ensure a fun, easy and breezy day.
We’ve all been there before—a day at the beach turns into months of finding random sand all over your car and in your house. Luckily, all you have to do is sprinkle baby powder on hands and feet and rub and the sand comes right off.
Fitted Bed Sheet
We all love that warm breeze until it blows sand all over our towel and everything on it. Bring an old fitted sheet and set it up with heavy items in all four corners, such as your beach bag and a mini cooler. The result? A mini wall against free-flowing sand landing on you and your stuff—and a sheet that won’t blow away.
A Willing Volunteer
It’s hard to believe there’re people out there who wouldn’t mind spending their beach day buried under the sand, but just in case, better make sure someone in your group is up for it. Who else will wear an elaborate sand-made mermaid costume if not your Uncle Eddie?
Flip Flops/Water Shoes
You may find yourself trapped on your towel if your feet are scared to brave the burning hot sand (or bumpy jagged rocks!). Be sure to bring a pair of flip flops or water shoes—something lightweight and that you won’t mind getting totally sandy.
Whether it’s a frisbee, a football, or sand toys and buckets, make sure your bag is stocked with entertainment for all ages in your group. Other than swimming and laying in the sun, there’s not much to do unless you bring your own fun.
If you’ve been sitting or playing under the hot sun long enough, a splash of water is your best friend. If you’re a cell phone, a splash of water is your worst enemy. Pack Ziploc® brand sandwich and storage bags to protect your books and electronics and to stow wet bathing suits at the end of the day —you won’t regret it.
Mosquitoes love the beach. You’ll be near water, sweating in the sun and breathing heavier as you run along the beach, so mosquitoes will have your number.