Beach Trip!

natural-1641791_960_720With summer fast approaching, there is only one things on the minds of many outdoors-type people, and that is a trip to the beach. Whether you are interested in getting out onto the water for some fishing, or getting into it for some snorkeling, or just relaxing on the shore, a beach trip is a great idea for those hot summer months. And if you live in a land-locked state, then this is an opportunity for a road-trip and vacation.

But to maximize your fun, you’re going to need to accomplish two things. The first is see how you can make your trip as economical as possible so there is still some money to spend while out having fun (and so there is still some left for the bills that will be waiting upon your return). And the second is to ensure that you bring everything needed with you.

For both, we have lists of ideas and things that will help you out:

For economy:

  • Find a destination that you can possibly drive to. You can bring a lot of things yourself and avoid having to buy items when you arrive which can be more expensive.
  • Pack food for at least the road trip itself to save money.
  • Instead of a hotel, see if there are rooms for rent in the area. Craigslist is a good place to look and so is Airbnb.
  • Do a bit of research and see what things there are to do at the beach you will be visiting. Sometimes there are free or inexpensive activities put on by the local city.
  • Remember that staying on beaches themselves are usually free, so bring games, toys and other things to keep you occupied to enjoy your beach stay.

And now, onto what to bring:

  • Beaches get hot, so bring plenty of cool clothes. Things like bermuda shorts and linen shirts are good beachwear.
  • Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.
  • Towels are a given, but bring changes of clothes that you can keep on you so should you decide to eat somewhere, you aren’t having to stay in moist clothes.
  • Fun items to use at beaches include kites, volleyballs, boogie boards, inflatable rafts, footballs, metal detectors, etc. Even board games can be more fun at the beach.
  • Bring plastic zipper bags. They work well to keep your items dry and free of sand. Smartphones can also be used while still in the bag itself so they make for a great, cheap waterproof case.