What to Pack for a Beach Vacation

Vacationing at the beach is one of the most popular options year round. Whether you’re headed down south to one of the many Florida beaches, or out west to California, the weather is nice this time of year with plenty of sunshine. It’s still important to bring all the necessary beach equipment for a vacation to the beach, even if you aren’t headed there in the summer.

Here are a few things you might be missing on your beach vacation checklist:

Lip Balm and Sunscreen
The sunscreen you probably remember, but the lip balm is one many people forget. Sun damage to the lips is not uncommon. Bring a handy stick of lip balm with at least 15 SPF to protect your lips from the damaging effects of the sun.

Beach Furniture
While you may want to lay on a towel or simply the warm sand, bring some folding chairs in case you change your mind. The sand can be very hot on the feet, and it’s a great idea to bring a chair in this case. Some beaches will rent out beach umbrellas and chairs, but this will save you some hourly renting fees if you bring your own.

Cooler for Beverages and Snacks
If you plan on spending the entire day at the beach, bring a cooler to pack some cold drinks, water and some snacks. This, too, will save you some money in the long run, and also show that you’re prepared for the warm climate of the beach. It’s important to stay hydrated after swimming and spending the whole day in the hot sun.

Not many people think of this handy tool, but a whistle can come in handy for a lot of reasons. If you’re headed to a crowded beach, a whistle can serve as a calling device to any one of your friends or family, especially children. Additionally, it acts as a safety tool. Bring a whistle for everyone to wear around his or her neck. If something goes wrong in the water, that person can use it to call out for help.

Extra Change of Clothes
Don’t go wearing a simple T-shirt and shorts over your swimsuit. Also bring an extra change of clothes (sweatshirt for the night) in case your family decides to hit the shops or go out for a nice dinner on the docks. It’s always smart to be prepared.

About the Author: Liz is a guest contributor from 710 Beach Rentals, providing San Diego beach rentals and vacation homes minuts away from the beach.

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