Guest Author - Brandi Brown
Planning the perfect day at the beach is as much about being prepared as it is for what you wear and where you go. Before you head out for a beach trip, especially if you are an infrequent beach goer or are heading to a new spot, take some time to make sure that you are prepared for a good trip.
Always take water with you to the beach. If you arenít sure whether there will be showers available, a good way to prepare is to bring a gallon jug of water with you. Put them in a cooler with a little ice and then use them to rinse off if needed. A gallon of water costs less than $1 and can be used for other purposes later if needed. Also make sure that you bring several bottles of water to drink with you. The general rule of thumb is that you should bring a 16-ounce bottle for every 2 hours you will be out in the sun. Buying water from beachside stores is incredibly expensive.
Stock up on Necessities!
Besides water, which is the most important item you need, be sure that you have sunscreen, insect repellant, batteries, and hats with you. Those items are popular needs at the beach, and you can pay up to twice what you would pay before you get there. Store batteries in a double sealed bag (such as two Ziploc bags inside each other). Itís worth the splurge for sunscreen and insect repellant that is easy to use. Donít be afraid to get the spray bottles or two smaller bottles if it will be more convenient. For people who donít wear hats often, look at dollar stores for hats for $1 or less than can be tossed into the ďbeach bagĒ and just used if you need to protect your eyes and face from the sunís rays.
Donít Forget Shoes.
Flip flops or sandals are great for heading down to the water and walking back to the car, but they are far less comfortable for post-beach dinners. Instead make sure that you pack up something that you will be able to put on after you are done swimming, even if they are flip flops or sandals, too.
Keep Cash on Hand.
While getting money from the ATM costs $2-3 in most places in the United States, beachside locations often charge upwards of $6 because people who are at the beach often have no other option. Take at least $40 in cash with you to the beach to avoid this problem. Keep the cash in your car stashed away safely or in a protected bag within your beach bag. You donít want to pay $6 to get money to purchase an ice cream cone.
These tips will help you to make your beach trip one that you enjoy, and for many people that means not worrying about how much money is being shelled out for a day of fun in the sun.