It’s officially beach season for the Western world! It’s the time of year that folks in snow-covered locales dream about and count down the days for! Before you race out to the nearest sun and sand, however, there are some essential items you need to bring on your trip. Here’s a list of the top ten must-haves!
People of all skin tones must pack sunscreen with a high sun protection factor. Get a waterproof variety so you can splash around without worry! Make sure to re-apply every few hours.
With your skin protected from the sun’s damaging rays, bring sunglasses to protect those eyeballs! Look for lenses that block out both UVA and UVB rays. Snag a pair of white shades; it’s the season’s hottest color!
3. Lip Balm
Lip balm or chapstick is a must have to keep lips from getting burnt and dried out. Slather on every hour to ensure the product is absorbed and not wiped off.
4. Wide-Tooth Comb
Swimming in the sea or even just lazing around on your towel can make even the straightest of locks tangled. Brushing can damage wet hair so pack a wide-tooth comb and gently pick your way to smooth, soft hair.
5. Extra Towels
It’s a given to bring one beach towel, but pack a few for maximum convenience. Drape one over the back of your chair to protect the fabric, lay one on the sand to lie down on and have a few for drying off after dips in the ocean.
6. Sand Toys
Plastic shovels, pails and castle molds are a must-have for children on the beach. Challenge your tots to dig a hole, build the best sandcastle or bury their dad in the sand! These keep kids entertained for hours and give quarreling siblings a chance to work as a team.
7. Big Kid Toys
For adults and older teens, pack some beach games like Ladder Ball, Bocce or Paddle Ball. Even those on the trip that don’t know each other well will bond in the spirit of fun beach competition.
8. Books and Magazines
Catch up on all the reading you mean to do at home. Paperback novels and magazines are lightweight for packing and easy reads on a beach vacation.
9. Radio, Ipod, or Smart Phone for Tunes
Whether you’re rocking out to your own jams or playing some reggae music for everyone in your group, tunes on the beach are essential to keeping the good vibes going all day.
10. Flip-flops or Lightweight Sandals
Keep your tootsies protected from the scorching sand and sharp shells while taking a stroll, or carry them easily in your hand when traipsing over the soft wet sand by the water’s edge.