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Top Ten Beach Essentials

Updated on June 22, 2010
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Taking a trip to the beach?  Nothing quite beats a day filled family fun, sun and surf, unless you go unprepared.  Then your great beach day can be a drag at best, and pain-filled at worst.  Here are ten things you will want to bring with you when you hit the beach this summer.

Swimsuit & Hat

I know, this one’s a no-brainer.  For the little ones, bring the swimsuit with a life jacket built right in, or some arm floaties.  For babies and young kids, hats a must-have.  Their young skin burns easily and hurts when it’s just pink.


This one, too, should be a no-brainer, but you would be surprised how many people forget their sunscreen.  Why do you think all the beach stores carry overpriced bottles of Bullfrog and Australian Gold?  If you’re new to the beach or have kids, put on SPF45.  All others can get away with less protection, but for the sake of your skin’s health, don’t go below SPF15.

Towel/Beach Blanket

Not only are towels great for drying off the saltwater, they can also serve to lay on, or as a small picnic blanket at lunch.  Hang a towel between two chairs for a shady spot to protect a small child from the sun, or around the waist as a partial cover up.

Beach Chairs

They keep you off the sand and are great to park at the water’s edge to dip your toes, especially when you want to be close to the kids playing in the water.

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Everyone needs shade from the sun after a while.  And it’ll help keep the cooler cool.

Filled Cooler

Not just with water and juice.  Pack some sandwiches, watermelon and oranges.  Sodas dehydrate so you’ll want to avoid drinking too many while in the sun.  Oranges are some of the best things to eat at the beach and when out in the sun because they hydrate while providing essential electrolytes that combat dehydration.

Beach Toys

Whether child or adult, the beach is more fun with something more to do than sunbathe and swim.  Younger children love building sandcastles, collecting shells and animals like crabs or starfish, and digging holes.  For them, pick up a beach toy pack that includes a bucket, shovel and molds.  For teens and adults, bring inflatable rafts or tubes, a boogie board or a ball for an impromptu game of beach volleyball or football.

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Few things are as relaxing as reading a book at the beach.  The hottest bestseller is always a sizzling choice.  Kids can enjoy books at the beach also, especially ones about the beach, sea creatures or shells.  Read one then take a walk and see how many of the things in your child’s book you can find.


A must have to capture the memories.


When you’ve had enough sun, throw on the cover up, pack everything in the car, and head to one of the local restaurants for some fresh seafood or a refreshing drink. 

Once you’re energized with a good meal, it’s time to head home while the kids fall asleep in the back seat.  Savor the quiet, enjoy the memories, and rejoice in a fun day spent together.


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      Cristina Vanthul 7 years ago from Florida

      Brrrrrrr!! I had warmer weather in mind for the hub, but I imagine when you're accustomed to long Canadian winters, even a trip to the beach there can result in sunburn and dehydration! Take care, enjoy your swims!


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      epigramman 7 years ago

      I live 100 feet away from a beach here at Lake Erie in Ontario and it's finally Canadian summer!

      I was swimming in the lake today which is a big deal for a Canadian who has just endured a long cold winter!

      I also enjoy 'swimming' through your awe-inspiring hubs which offer a wealth of information and enlightenment!