During summers there is no better way to enjoy the great outdoors than by planning a beach camping trip. If you love beaches and camping, then this is going to be right up your alley.
The crisp sea breeze and changing tides are just a few of the reasons why you should look into beach camping, even if you are not into surfing, amongst numerous other water-based activities designed to blow your socks off.
When you have finally made up your mind about going beach camping, especially if it is your first time, you may not know where to begin. Fortunately, the following tips and tricks will allow you to be up and running for your trip in no time.
Do your Homework
First, it is important you do your homework regarding the beach you plan to visit for a pleasant and fun camping experience. Look into different parks and regions. Also, make sure the beaches available permit camping in the first place.
Do keep in mind, not every beach is open to the general public at all times – most of them are shut down during the cyclone season. Also, when you get into specifics, you will realize the beach you want to visit will affect what stuff you take along with you.
For instance, if the beach you are interested in does not have access to a portable source of water, then you are on your own, as you will have to pack gallons of water for yourself and those tagging along with you.
Pick the Right Shelter
When the time comes to pack, you will need to pack your shelter too. If you don’t already have one, you will have to shop for one. Considering the fact there are various options to choose from, you will need to pick the right one.
If you are worried about the weather and bugs, then you should get look into canvas tent. You can take any tent to the beach, but try to get one that is well ventilated.
- Floorless Shelter
If the chance of precipitation is low and when it is warm, you can actually get away with a floorless shelter. Ventilation will not be an issue with a floorless shelter, and the best part, you can use it as a sun canopy during the day.
- Sleeping Bag
With beaches being incredibly cold at night, you can take a sleeping bag. A lightweight sleeping bag will fit the bill, but make sure it is waterproof to prevent it from absorbing the moisture in the air.
- Sleeping Pad
Sleeping on the sand is rather comfortable when compared to sleeping on the rocky, hard ground. But even then you will need some form of protection because the sand can get pretty cold when the sun sets. You can choose from a closed-cell, air or self-inflating foam; but no matter what you choose, take a solid tarp to place under your sleeping pad.
Choose your Campsite Wisely
Once you have decided on your destination, make sure you find the right spot to set up your campsite.
Try your best to understand the terrain, and avoid camping below the high-tide line. It is easier to identify high-tide lines on most beaches by the seaweed and driftwood left behind. However, if you are uncertain, look into the local tide charts.
Even though you will want to set up camp near the water, since it is soothing after all, it is not a great idea to pitch your tent in the middle of the beach. Not only will you be exposed to the winds and the sun, but you won’t get any kind of privacy at all. You can look for a place where there is vegetation, but don’t go too far in, though.
How to Keep the Sand Out
- To keep sand out of sleeping bag or tent, place a tarp under it.
- Before you enter your tent, brush off your feet. If possible, keep buckets of water aside to wash your feet.
- If you have enough space, pack a brush and a dustpan. These will be really useful when the time comes to clean your tent.
How to build a Campfire
- While camping in windy places, dig a hole in the sand to make a fire pit. It should be one-to-two feet deep.
- Use driftwood to build your fire. Look for it away from the water.
- If you are visiting a remote beach, don’t expect lifeguards to be on duty. You may not even get cell reception either.
- Designate a lifeguard if you want to go swimming or surfing.
- Dehydration can become quite an issue if you are out in the sun all day long, which is why make sure you drink enough water to stay hydrated.
When your beaching camping adventure comes to an end, clean up after yourself. The last thing you want is to leave litter all around. Remember, it only fair that the campers that come after you have a good time too.
Avoid camping on sand dunes, as they are home to vegetation, and are quite fragile ecosystems for different species. For more information, check in with the local rangers.
Pack well, and be responsible for your surroundings. Keep extra towels handy, and apply plenty of sun protection. If you are worried about your gadgets, electronics, wallet, and car keys, store them in Ziploc bags. If you have wet clothes, you can use said Ziploc bags to pack them in. But most importantly, pack a first-aid kit for those times when you need to tend to injuries. Moreover, don’t forget to take a flashlight and plenty of batteries along with you.
In conclusion, you are now equipped with all the information you can possibly need to have an exciting and fun beach camping adventure, so make the most of it.