03-25-2007, 02:40 PM
We are going to drive down to the beach:dolphin: the sunday before :flag:memorial day for a day trip. We live about 3 1/2 hours from the beach:surfing: so we are going to leave about 6:30am and arrive before 11:00, and pland to leave to go back home around 6:00pm We are going to pack a cooler of drinks, :eat:sandwiches, and snacks. Have a 5 gal thing of water to rinse off the :crab:sand we can't get off from the public shower. :sun: We are going just to play on the beach and :diver:swim. Is there anyone else who have ever taken day trips to the beach (it doesn't have to be myrtle) have any tips. Ages ranges for us are 27-26-17-16.
We know where at the beach we are going to park and all that from going to beach every year since I can remember. We know to have plenty of water and we know it's going to be crowded. It just we want to go we can't stay the 3 night min that every place wants (lot of things from weddings, graduations, disney trips etc we got to save $$$ for). Any other tips would be great.
04-11-2007, 10:44 AM
Here's an article with some general beach tips:
Fun At The Beach -- Beach Tips & Packing Lists
By Amanda Formaro
If you live near a beach, whether it be the ocean or a lake, it's a great way to enjoy time with your kids and keep away the boredom bug. If you don't live near the water, but are planning a vacation to the beach, here's a list of items that are a must have!
This is probably the most important item in your beach bag. Make sure that you have sufficient sunscreen protection for yourself and your children. The sun's ultraviolet rays are at their strongest during the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., so limit your time in the sun during those hours. Choose a sunscreen lotion that is at the very least 15 SPF, more appropriate for children is an SPF of 30 or more. Be sure to adequately apply the sunscreen to all exposed skin, including ears, nose, and neck. Speak to your doctor about sunscreen and babies under 6 months of age.
Don't forget your lips!
Bring along sun protective lip balm with an SPF of 15 or more. An Aloe based after sun lotion is a great way to soothe your skin after a day in the sun, apply after your day at the beach.
Sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays, sun hats with brims, and beach umbrellas are all wonderful items to have along for added protection.
Babies under 6 months old should wear protective clothing, a brimmed sun hat, and if possible, baby sunglasses that protect from harmful UV rays. Babies should not spend a lot of time in the sun, but when they are, keep them protected!
A first aid kit with band aids, an antibiotic cream, and other essentials is an excellent idea as well.
Chairs & Blanket
There are chairs made specifically for the beach, they sit low to the ground and fold up neatly, often they include a handy shoulder strap. Don't count on the beach having chairs for its guests.
A blanket is another nice thing to bring along. Not only is it comfortable to sit on, but it's a welcome comfort from the hot sand on bare feet.
Sand & Water Toys
Kids love digging and building in the sand, it's a must for a beach visit. There is a huge variety of toys on the market made specifically for water play. Nerf balls and lightweight canvas Frisbee discs are great because they float and often come in neon colors so they can be seen easily. Don't forget the standard shovels and pails, sand diggers, and sand sifters -- great for building sand castles, sifting for shells and rocks, and pouring water into makeshift motes.
Bring along a plastic jar to collect shells. A butterfly or small fishing net can be loads of fun for catching small minnows near lake shorelines. And let's not forget the old beach standby, the beach ball. Squirting water toys are also a blast and can keep the kids busy for hours. Goggles and water masks are great, but can be easily lost in the water. Be sure to bring along extras. There are hundreds of different kinds of beach and water toys, bring along what your family will enjoy.
Most public beaches do not allow items such as floating rafts, noodles, or "arm floaties" as they are not Coast Guard approved swim or safety wear. Check with your beach lifeguards or town officials to see what they will or will not allow.
Coast Guard approved life jackets are welcome and recommended for young swimmers, even those who have recently learned to swim, for safety purposes. Many beaches offer free loaner lifejackets, or they offer them for a nominal fee.
Bring towels along for each member of your family, this goes without saying. Bringing along an extra or two cannot hurt, especially if little Timmy decides to take his into the water with him.
Water & Snacks
Being in the sun can quickly dehydrate you. Bring along bottled water, enough for everyone in your family. Check with your beach and see if coolers are allowed so that you can keep it nice and cold.
If your beach does allow coolers, this is a great way to save money on snacks. Instead of buying from the beach concession stand, bring along fresh fruit, pretzels, cold sandwiches and carrot sticks.
Bringing along an extra T-shirt or pair of shorts is not a bad idea. If your beach trip will continue on into the evening, bring a windbreaker or sweat jacket for everyone, just in case the temperature dips down. Be sure that everyone has adequate footwear, swim shoes are a great idea as well, especially for rocky beaches.
Don't forget your camera! You can purchase waterproof disposable cameras to capture all of those sunny moments. Inexpensive disposable cameras are even available for underwater use.
Your Beach Survival Kit
Now that you are ready to head off to the beach, here's a summarization of everything we have suggested. Check each item off to see if you are ready to roll!
* ___ sunscreen (at least 15 SPF)
* ___ lip balm
* ___ aloe after sun lotion
* ___ first aid kit
* ___ sun hat
* ___ sunglasses
* ___ beach umbrella
* ___ chairs blanket
* ___ pail & shovel
* ___ Nerf type ball and/or lightweight nylon Frisbee disc
* ___ sand digger and sifter
* ___ goggles or masks
* ___ plastic jar for collecting shells
* ___ life jackets
* ___ towels (and extras)
* ___ bottled water
* ___ snacks (if allowable)
* ___ extra clothing and footwear
* ___ water/swim shoes
* ___ waterproof disposable camera
A special note: remember, if you find live snails, crabs, fish, starfish, or other underwater lifeforms, observe them, then put them back. Only take home empty shells, fossilized starfish, and rocks. Enjoy your trip to the beach. Be sure to discuss water safety with your kids before going.
Have a great trip! :vacation:
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