10 Tips on What to Take to the Beach for Inexpensive Mother's Day Celebrations
You Don't Have to go too Far, but go Somewhere
People of all ages love to go to the beach, and it‘s one of the best things to do with Mom for a fun Mother‘s Day. It’s a great place to spend entire days, wasting it all in the sunshine (or rain) next to the majesty that the ocean provides. Mere sand and water can keep kids and adults entertained for hours on end.
How can you spend a day on the beach, having fun and doing what you want with the family, without blowing out the wallet? A Mother’s Day activity really shouldn’t cost more than a day at the park, with the exception that gas to get to the beach is more than gas to get to the park - unless you live at the beach or park.
Here are things you can do to bring the entire bill for Mother’s Day fun down - except for gas getting there; short of a free ride or a bus trip, you can‘t get out of that one.
Cheap Beach Vacations for Fun Day Trips
However, (tip 1) you might be able to trade cars for a day with someone who’s car will make it and be easy on gas, or invite someone to go and have them pay half the gas.
(tip 2) Food - the most obvious commodity to bring. For cheap trip ideas the food must also be inexpensive, but good. You can make a bazillion sandwiches or you can put in the cooler, the mayo, mustard, meat, lettuce, tomatoes and everything else you’d want on a sandwich with a loaf of bread and some spreading knives. Or, you could just get out some saran wrap and the peanut butter and jam; it saves room in the cooler and is less to pack.
(tip 3) Or you could make some potato salad and fry up a chicken and pack the sandwiches, too; bring it all so you have lunch and dinner. Breakfast can be eaten at home the day you leave, but you’ll want something on the trip, so pour your cereal for breakfast and then pack the cereal inside the car to be shared like chips.
Beach vacations with kids can be a hassle, if you let it be hard. Bring things to drink on quick getaways that are already in a container. It saves on spills, which saves on stains on the car-carpet and clothing. Plus, little ones just love to have a container they can drink out of while THEY hold it. Capri Suns (or a reasonable facsimile in a foil pouch or small box) are good, even if they didn’t get into the cooler, and nobody loses their cups or straws. Bring a trash bag, and those can go in right away when empty.
People get chips in lunch-size bags, but those same size zip-lock sandwich bags perfectly hold one serving of raw veggies like cut celery (half to fill with peanut butter later and the other half without), baby carrots quartered lengthwise, small broccoli, small cauliflower, etc. Kids like whole black or green olives, especially if you brought the Ranch Dressing.
Activities for Mother’s Day Fun can be Cheap
(tip 4) The other meals can be cooked quickly and deliciously on a hibachi or mini barbeque that many stores sell now. Both are the perfect size for tailgate meals, or meals cooked in a parking lot, and don’t forget to bring charcoal briquettes and lighter fluid, too.
(tip 5) Bringing bikes is a good idea, but even better is to bring sand toys. Containers, shovels, cups and bowls, and a host of things to play in the sand and build sand castles with. The kids will always have something to do. Don’t forget to take a Mother’s Day photo of the clan having fun in the sand.
(tip 6) When a parent can come along, the tide pools left in the rocks are very interesting and educational, and may be the only chance the kids get to see real ocean life living in the tide pools, waiting for the tide to come back in. Touch an anemone and see it close up, and look for baby octopus in the cracks and crevices of rocks. Hermit crabs can make an afternoon of exploration fun that’s free.
Don’t encourage anyone to touch or pick up the animals they find in the pool. Its not recommended to touch most of them because nearly all of them are endangered species; life in the shoreline is rough, and when you’re that small, everyone else is a predator.
Bring Your own fun to Mother's Day Celebrations
(tip 7) Many people love to have a bonfire at the beach. Start your inexpensive trips with a small fire that can be cooked on, and after dinner build it up to bonfire standards. People from around the beach may stop by to see what’s going on. Offer them a beverage and make some new beach friends.
The most cost effective way is to find wood along the beach to burn - except that, everyone who has the same idea has gleaned the beach for burnables already. Bring some firewood from home; the campsites are charging $5-$10 a bundle for kindling and a few logs. Bring a hatchet and cut off the kindling from the larger pieces you brought from home. You won’t be sorry you did.
(tip 8) When you are on quick vacations at the beach, there are parking lots made for people who are just spending the day. Try to find one that’s central to the things you want to see, so you can walk to each place and not have to move the car every time. Beats trying to find a new parking spot every time you want to do something. Use the car to eat, dress, and relax in, but walk to the next destination.
(tip 9) Spending the night at the beach isn’t so fun if you don’t have a room. You cannot legally sleep on the beach in Oregon, since there’s a “no camping or overnighters” rule for now. This law also applies to sleeping in your car somewhere in town. Well, if you’re careful where to park, you won’t even be noticed.
Budget vacations make sleeping a matter of creativity; behind apartment complexes have parking that’s largely unchecked. Once you’re in the back of the truck to settle down, don’t talk loudly or someone may discover you. Stopping by a construction site is good, as well because of the daily comings and goings of a construction crew. They’re gone at night, plus, you’re likely to be woken up early enough to enjoy the mornings, too.
Camping is always a good idea - if it’s in season. In spring and summer campsites all up and down the coast open up, and it’s much cheaper than a hotel, and less trouble than sleeping in the truck bed and getting caught.
What to Take to the Beach for Personal Habits
(tip 10) Designate a chicken bucket, large coffee can, or other receptacle that can hold urine if someone has to pee in the night. Nothing’s worse than going around looking for a place to pee when everyone else is asleep. So go in the bucket - or coffee can, which comes with a lid to seal it closed. In the morning, toss the entire bucket away, respectfully.
The next phase of advice is to get busy! Plan your worry free vacations ahead of time so nothing is forgotten.
It’s a lot of fun for very little money! Go ahead, try it!
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