Have you ever forgotten something on a day trip?
Whether it’s your sunglasses, your change of shoes, or your whole purse, it’s always annoying leaving something behind! Your trip isn’t the easy-breezy day you had planned, and you might even have to head home to pick up the item, wasting valuable time.
If you’re heading to the beach, there’s a long list of things you need. Stay organized so that you don’t ruin your relaxing day by rushing home.
Take a look at our list of essentials to help you pack for the beach.
1. Water Bottle
Every day, 60 million plastic bottles are chucked out. That’s a huge problem for our environment, and not one you should want to contribute to! Protect the environment, reduce your waste, and save money by bringing your own water bottles.
You could pack a couple to last you through the day. Or, if you find a spot near a water fountain, take an insulated, reusable water bottle that you can fill up over and over again.
If you’re headed to the beach, chances are you’ll be out in the sun for most of the day. Stay protected by bringing a good sunscreen. For the best protection, opt for factor 50 and make sure it has both UVA and UVB protection.
Sunscreen helps prevent burns but, more importantly, shields your skin from the harmful sun rays that can cause skin cancer. Stay safe, and pack your sunscreen!
3. Beach Blanket
When packing for the beach, don’t forget your beach blanket! The BEARZ Outdoor Beach Blanket is a great option as it packs up into a tiny, portable bag and is super lightweight. It’s much easier than stuffing a regular blanket into your bag.
It’s also waterproof and designed to stop sand from sticking to it, so you can enjoy a sunny day at the beach without getting sandy.
4. A Towel for Drying
Alongside your beach towel, bring a separate towel for drying. Microfiber towels are the best option. They’re super lightweight and incredibly absorbent, making them a very effective option when you’re out and about.
For more tips and tricks like this one, check out our article on beach hacks!
5. Travel Pillow
One of the things to pack for the beach that’s often overlooked is a travel pillow. True, it sounds super fancy, but it’s actually essential! A travel pillow will keep the sand out of your hair and give you a comfy spot to lay your head, perfect for snoozing under the sun.
When it comes to what to pack for the beach, no list is complete without sunglasses. A good pair will help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and keep the sensitive skin around your eyes shaded, keeping pesky wrinkles and sunspots at bay. They’re also a must-have if you want to see anything on a very sunny day.
Make sure your shades are made to a high standard of quality and have the proper UV protection your eyes need.
7. Beach Umbrella or Tent
If you don’t want to sit under the blistering sun all day, it’s vital you add a beach umbrella or tent to your list when packing for the beach. An umbrella is a good option if you’re looking for something easily portable and quick to put up.
If you want something more sturdy to shade you from the sun, opt for a tent. This will also keep out the wind and the rain, and provide some privacy when you want to change. Just don’t forget your tent spikes!
8. Cooler Bag and Food
When it comes to how to pack for the beach, it pays to be organized. By planning ahead and bringing a cooler and snacks, you can save tons of money on eating out! It’s also easier to dip into your cooler when you’re hungry than getting up to hunt for some good snacks.
For inspiration, here’s some of the best food to pack for the beach:
- Tubs of juicy fruit
- Pasta salad
- A vegetable wrap or sandwich
- Granola bars
Opt for food that isn’t going to instantly go bad in a little bit of heat, and pack your cooler with ice packs for an extra chill!
9. Portable Speaker
A portable speaker is a great way to liven up a trip to the beach. Bring one that’s Bluetooth enabled, so you and your friends can connect to it and play your favorite tunes.
It’s a good idea to bring a portable charger to keep it running all day, too!
10. Clothes to Pack for the Beach
It’s likely you’ll need more clothes than what you leave your house in for the beach. Make sure you bring something to go swimming in, as well as a change of clothes if yours get wet or sandy. As the sun goes down and the evening gets chillier, it pays to have a cozy jumper on hand.
11. A Beach Hat
If you’re a woman, stay looking glamorous and get some well-needed shade with an oversized beach hat. Worn by elegant ladies for centuries, this will be a welcome addition to any beach bag!
For men, bring a baseball cap to keep the sun out of your eyes. When the sun sets, it’ll also provide a great cover for messy beach hair.
In the modern world, we should all be getting outdoors, so gather your essentials, pack for the beach, and get out there!
At BEARZ Outdoor, we love the great outdoors. That’s why we’ve created a range of products to help you make the most of it. Contact us with questions, and take a look around to see what you should add to your outdoor essentials!