Of course we all know the basics.
I’m adding just a few small items to your beach must-haves that will not result you becoming a pack-lady needing an extra buggy just set up shop for the day.
ONE. Spray Bottle– No need to buy expensive and wasteful aerosol cans of water. You are going to sweat that purified special stuff off in seconds.
Instead, buy a cheap plastic spray bottle and fill it with tap water. It is just a refreshing and won’t break the bank. It also works well to rinse off sandy hands. Those around you are going to be SO jealous. You can even add ice cubes for an even more refreshing mist.
TWO. Bed sheet Yes, we know you have an oversized towel, but that still doesn’t prevent sand from getting on it. Instead, bring a large, light bed sheet, secure down the edges with small rocks and then put your bright beach towel on top.
Even better use this as your base and then place another sheet or your oversized beach towel on top of the sheet.
THREE. Waterproof bag Even though you don’t plan to take your smartphone into the water, do yourself a favor and protect it. You never know what will happen.
I have two small children and one husband. Things happen. At the very least, place it in an airtight plastic bag.
FOUR. Baby powder Just a $1 travel size bottle will do the trick. Sprinkle a little on any area with sticky beach sand and the sand will wipe right off.
You’re welcome. This is my favorite trick.
FIVE. Hand fan This one might seem excessive, but you will be the envy of anyone passing by. Pair this with your spray bottle and you have pure heaven.
Just bring extra batteries and either find one with a clip or buy an oversized clip. Then you an be super fancy be hands-free.
SIX. Insulated water bottle– Please stay hydrated out there. So many folks ruin their beach vacations due to dehydration, which can take the form of exhaustion, headaches or worse.
Take several bottles of water just to be on the safe side. If you have to drink your water cold, these bad boys are worth the money.
SEVEN. Snacks! Don’t be tempted by the fried Oreos or the hot slice of pizza. Instead arm yourself with quick and easy snacks that won’t melt in the heat.
Popcorn is always a good (and light) option, Corn Flake Cereal Bars will keep you satisfied and taste great. Fresh fruit, pretzels and tortilla chips with traditional or strawberry salsa are also good options. All you need is a soft sided refrigerator bag and you are good to go!
Looking for a wonderful beach to visit? Check out photos from my trip to St. Lucia and see my favorite frozen cocktail, a strawberry BBC!