The sound of the waves, a spare breeze wafting the salty air around a crackling campfire: summer is winding down, but there’s still plenty of time for another weekend excursion to the coast. The question is, do you have everything you need? We have a few essential items that we think will make your trip a fun experience for everyone.
- Dry bags. Let’s face it; any camping trip has the potential to get messy, but visiting the beach guarantees interaction with water and sand. To protect your gear – and at least one dry change of clothes – from the elements, be sure to pack everything away in well-constructed dry bags. You’ll want to keep them closed and only open them when you need to in order to effectively keep out the dirt and moisture. With these nifty bags, though, you should be able to prevent many disasters that typically come with the territory of outdoor coastal adventures.
- A sturdy tent. As much as you may love the fresh sea air and the ebb and flow of the tides, you probably don’t want the jarring experience of having them be your volatile alarm clock. There are tons of great brands out there to keep you cozy and dry, so the real challenge will be picking the one that suits you and your party the best. If you’re not accustomed to buying camping gear, we recommend asking plenty of questions of the sales staff; at any great outdoor supply store, you can bet they know their stuff.
- A durable cooler. While you’re less likely to run into hungry bears right on the shoreline, that doesn’t mean you want to skimp on the quality of your cooler. After all, what is more important than protecting your stash of snacks? Whether you opt for a soft cooler or a less malleable option, make sure it’s insulated and free of any holes or damage before you load it up and venture out onto the sand.
- Waterproof speakers. They may not seem like a camping necessity, but you’ll thank us when you don’t have to sacrifice your tunes around the campfire. It’s important to remember to buy guaranteed waterproof tech, as nothing puts a damper on your trip like ruined equipment. Thankfully, there are plenty of choices out there to match just about any budget, so it won’t entirely burn through your pocket change to keep everyone entertained as the night wears on.
- A stash of fresh H2O. You may be surrounded by water, but you’ll be glad you brought along plenty of bottles of drinking water when you’ve spent all day in the hot sun. Before you get to the campsite, grab a pack of water bottles, depending on how many are in your party, and throw them in that cooler we already mentioned. Stay hydrated!
- Sunscreen. It’s never too late to put on sunscreen, but you’ll be happier in the long run if you toss it into your pack from the start. Apply liberally to let it soak in before you come into contact with the water, and reapply as needed: enough said.
We hope this gets you off on the right track for your end-of-summer camping trips; here at DryCASE, we’re big fans of outdoor adventures and provide gear that can stand up to the elements and conquer any condition. Check out our stock and load up for your next thrilling expedition!