Going to the beach for the day is like staying somewhere overnight. You always need wayyyy more than you think you should! Now I’m a big fan of streamlining it, but you do need some supplies if you’re going to a sandy strip of nothing for the whole day. A little organization beforehand can help get your hot derriere to the beach sooner!
What You Need
A large, sand-friendly tote for a beach bag
A plastic toiletries bag, or even Ziploc bags
Instead of just throwing everything in the tote, you can divvy it up so it’s all easier to find once you need it!
In the plastic toiletries bag (or Ziploc) put small and valuable things like your cell phone, lip balm (I love Alba’s Un-Petroleum with SPF 18), tissues, keys, and other assorted items you may want and need. This way you can find everything easily while keeping it all safe from sand and water.
In one plastic bag, put food items such as chips, granola bars, and PB crackers. Basically anything that doesn’t need to be kept cold. In another bag, throw your sunscreen and anything else that could leak or ooze (like hair products). Stuff the toiletries bag and plastic bags in your tote along with your beach towel and clothes.
Keep your cold food items – drinks and sandwiches for instance – in a lunch bag or cooler, depending on how much you’re hauling. (I’d get a cooler on wheels if it’s a lot.) Get a beach chair with straps to free up your hands, toss the tote across a shoulder, grab your cooler, and head on down to the beach!
Keep It Together for Future Beach Excursions
If you’re headed back to the beach in the not-too-distant future and you have room for it, leave your beach tote (sans towel and clothes so they can dry and/or get washed if needed), chair, boards, and umbrella in the trunk for next time. This way, you only need to worry about food and yourself, and won’t rush off without something important. Everything else is packed and ready to roll!
If you’re staying close to the beach, streamline it even more and stash drinks and food in plastic bags in your tote. Less to fuss over and haul. But even if you can’t do that, preparing a little beforehand and buying helpful beach tools – like a chair with straps – makes the lugging so much more pleasant. Organized inside and out!