With the weather quickly warming up and kids getting out of school, beach season is upon us once again. This year, instead of throwing everything you don't need into a bag last minute, use our beach packing guide to make sure you have all your beach essentials and get to the sun-soaked sand as quickly as possible.
- Waterproof Sunblock
Sunblock is a must when it comes to the beach, but if it's not waterproof it's not much good. Make sure you save your skin from the sun after you take a dip in the water.
Bring two towels, just to be safe. You don't know when one will get soaked through, and you can always use one of them to protect your seats from getting wet and sandy when you leave.
- Folding Chair
Pull your folding chair out of your storage unit so that you can sit back, relax, and enjoy a good book at the beach. Although you can sit on a towel, it's far more comfortable to use a chair.
- Extra Set of Clothes
Similarly to the towels, it's better to be safe than sorry. An extra set of clothes guarantees a dry, comfortable trip home or wherever your next destination may be.
- Food and water
Pack lots of water to prepare for soaking up the sun all day. The salty ocean water will not do anything to hydrate you. Keep the cost of your beach trip down by bringing lunch with you. Bring a sandwich, fresh fruit, and chips, just remember to pack it up well so that no sand gets near it! And, remember all that water you brought with you? It's also handy cleaning off sandy hands before lunchtime.
- Beach Shoes
No matter how cute a pair of wedges may look, make sure to bring practical beach shoes (bonus points if they're waterproof!). Grab flip flops, sandals, or some slip-on shoes to protect your feet from the hot sand.
If you have little ones, these items are a must if you want to spend quality time at the beach:
- Tent or Umbrella for Shade
When kids are young, their skin is especially vulnerable to the harmful UV rays. Be sure to have an area they can lie down in the shade. Be sure to still keep applying sunscreen on your kids throughout the day.
If your child doesn't know how to swim, or isn't a strong swimmer just yet, pack some floaties (or a life vest) so they can play in the water with everyone else.
- Sand Toys
Watch as sand castles and empires grow, surrounded by moats dug by their hand shovels. Toys can keep the kids happy occupied for hours.
It may not be practical to have all your seasonal gear in your house year-round, taking up space. Whether you're dropping off winter and spring sports equipment, or picking up your beach gear, consider a unit at your nearest CubeSmart Self Storage to avoid unnecessary clutter.