The Bare Necessities – A Minimalist’s Beach Trip Checklist

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Does this make you want to run to the beach, or what? Photo: Best-beaches.com

Does this make you want to run to the beach, or what? Photo: Best-beaches.com

Going to the beach, even for the day, is a summer escape to spread out and breath the open air. Whether you’re the kind of person that lays with a book, listening to the water and natural sound-scape, or you’re a surfing, swimming, football-throwing, beach-combing machine, the beach trip is a right for all people to enjoy. It can be a cheap, or even free excursion for a romantic jaunt, family day or party with friends.

But, there are two ways to go to the beach. You can either be the guy with mountains of clutter and unnecessary supplies, or you can embody the principle of Less Is More and free your mind and your beach bag of “stuff.” If you’re compelled toward the latter, then we have a Minimalist’s Beach Trip Checklist perfect for your next day at the beach. It’s the bare essentials.

Protect Yourself

Homemade sunblock. Photo: inspired-design-daily.com

Homemade sunblock is a fun, natural and cheap DIY project. Photo: inspired-design-daily.com

Sunblock is an absolute must. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) from 10 to 50 should do it, depending on your natural tones and how much you’ve been exposed to the sun already during the season. Kids should have on the highest possible SPF, and make sure to pay attention to the expiration date! By the way, did you know you can make your own all natural sunblock? Other useful items to protect yourself from the sun are hats, sunglasses, a sarong, or flip-flops because the best protection from the sun is no sun at all.

Staying Green

The sand dunes at The Beaches of South Walton, Florida.

The sand dunes at The Beaches of South Walton, Florida. Sand dunes help prevent eroding protect and minimize damage from storms. Photo: beachguideblogs.com

If you follow even just one rule, you’ll be respectfully protecting the park and making it pleasant for future guests: Whatever you take with you to the beach, should be taken away from the beach. So bring a bag to hold the garbage you may produce. Even better! Produce no garbage! Pack your food and drinks from home in reusable containers. Other ways to stay green include using public transportation to get to the beach and respecting prohibited areas like sand dunes in order to preserve the natural elements.

Hydrate and Nourish

Cold and juicy watermelon make a perfect beach snack. Photo: flickr page of StevenDepolo.

Cold and juicy watermelon make a perfect beach snack. Photo: flickr page of StevenDepolo.

Water is your friend – drink a lot of it. You’re supposed to drink 8 cups of water per day so when you’re in the heat and sweating it all out, you’ll need to make up for that as well. Fill up your own water bottles at home and bring them with you (and take them away). Also cut fruit like melons, berries and grapes are healthy and easy hydrating snacks.

Added Fun

There's nothing like a good beach read. Photo: guardian.co.uk

There's nothing like a good beach read. Photo: guardian.co.uk

Since the beach is amazing in it’s own rite, It’s certainly not necessary to take games and activities with, but if you have the room in your beach bag, throw in a book, a paddle ball set or a soccer ball for when listening to the waves gets old (is that even possible??).

So tell us folks, what are your must-haves for the beach?

 
  • I agree with the checklist shared here. It’s better to have an enjoyable trip and this won’t be more enjoying without a mere good preparation.