Going camping on the beach has a romantic feel to the idea. The nice cool ocean breeze accompanied by the crackling of the warm bonfire sounds like a magical experience for any camper. However, expectations and reality are sometimes very different. Although spending the night camping by the beach can be a pleasant experience, that isn’t always the case.

Here are some measures to take when camping on the beach to make the experience better and help it live up to expectations:

Tip 1: Pack Lightly

A typical beach camping trip usually just lasts the weekend. Bringing your entire house and wardrobe for a weekend camping trip just doesn’t make any sense and will only pose as a hassle when setting up. Make a check list of the essentials so you don’t overpack and end up looking more like a garage sale instead of a weekend away. Here’s a checklist example:

Tent or swag

Camping generator (if needed)

Mosquito nets

portable awnings for shade

Electric stove, pot, pan, and other cooking essentials

Kitchen utensils

Cooler full of food and drinks

Proper beachwear and sleeping clothes

Towels

Toiletries

With all these packed and ready, you’ll have an easier time keeping track of your belongings on the beach.

If you are travelling with kids, make sure to bring some toys. Parents can save themselves a good amount of time if the kids are kept busy with things they enjoy and love doing.

Tip 2: Find The Nearest Public Restroom

When you are camping by the beach you cannot avoid getting into the water eventually. This means washing up and getting clean after. Find a spot where the the shower and bathroom is accessible, even in the dark. This will make your nights easier, especially when nature calls at 2 in the morning.

Tip 3: Protect Your Skin From Sun Damage

It is easy to forget about everyday skin care routine when you are spending time on the beach. Neglecting to cover up, apply sunscreen, and hide under a portable awning during the hottest time of the days isn’t healthy for the skin. Limit your time under the sun, but if you can’t help it regularly re-apply sunscreen and find shade when you start to feel dizzy.

If you’re heading outdoors with kids, make sure they know about the dangers of staying under the harsh heat for too much. The same is true when you’re travelling with seniors who are prone to hypertension and heatstroke.

Tip 4: Bring And Drink Lots Of Water

Staying hydrated when camping is a must. A heatstroke in the middle of a trip is dangerous and traumatizing. This can easily be avoided by drinking lots of fluids and avoid too much time under the sun. A good cooler with a good variety of drinks for everyone will do the trick.

Be careful when camping on the beach. Always clean up after your trip and most of all, enjoy the beach! Getting away from everyday life is a blessing, have fun!

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