5 things to bring to the Beach (that you otherwise might forget) Summertime a lot of people go to the beach, so just in case you are one of those lucky people, here’s a list for you! We lived in Pensacola for two years and these are some things that weren’t initially on our list but got added at some point in time that turned into regulars. (and please, a good sunscreen is necessary!!)
1) Baby powder. My favorite trick, as I hate the feel of gritty sand. A little trick (well, if you’d rather have white powder over you vs a car full of sand) is to keep some baby powder in your beach bag and before you get in the car, sprinkle it on your legs and feet, and it knocks the sand right off!
2) Water/Ice. Freeze some waterbottles filled with water (sometimes at various fullness depending on how hot/duration of beachtime) because that is the #1 reason of discomfort for my family. We don’t like to be thirsty.
3) Shade. Nowadays, not every beach allows sunshades, but if yours do, even the smallest lean-to can be a lifesaver. When A was little, we would set up this little lean-to for her to nap in and feed in. It was priceless.
4) Entertainment. This seems kinda silly putting on the list. I’m not one of those people who can just lay in the sun not doing anything. I think everyone has their preferences: a book, boogie board, football, etc. Our family is a bocce ball family. Digging holes can only go so far.
5) Music. Pat loves music, but sand+heat+electronics can be disastrous. From our time in San Antonio we bought a eGo waterproof case for an MP3 player. That was great for tubing down the river. It also is great for the beach. Impermeable to water, good speaker sound, and still having the ability to scroll through music. They don’t make the one we have anymore, as technology has changed, but I just checked Amazon for other waterproof speakers and there are tons to choose from. Just please be mindful of how loud it is and vulgar language. We’d only use it pretty quietly so to not bother our neighbors, but we can all remember the times someone was out with a huge boombox. Not my cup of tea.