When you’re out on the beach, you just want to let go of all your worries and think about nothing. But to make the most of your beach day, it’s a good idea to plan ahead and think about the necessities that you’re going to need. As soon as you step foot on the sand, you’ll be thanking yourself for taking the extra time to prepare.
Sure, you probably already have your beach towels and tote bags ready. However, it’s also important not to forget sun protection items as well. Just like with any other trip, safety should be top concern.
Of course, entertainment is also essential. So, while you’re thinking about hats and sunscreen, don’t forget to bring something to throw around with friends and family.
To help you prepare, we’ve listed the seven essentials you need in your beach bag.
- Sun Protection
Sun protection should always be a top priority when you’re at the beach. To ensure that you’re protected from the harmful effects of UV rays, make sure to bring sunscreen, hats and umbrellas and everything else you need to protect yourself and the family.
In terms of sunscreen and moisturisers, it is recommended that you use a product with an sun protection factor (SPF) or 30 or higher. Make sure you cover all the parts of your body that will be exposed to the sun. This includes your face, your arms and your back. You might need to get a friend to apply it on hard to reach places.
You can also get beach umbrellas that you can stick into the sand. In terms of headgear, wide brim and bucket hats are good options.
Sunglasses will also protect your eyes from the sun, and let you safely gaze at the beautiful beach landscapes of Australia.
- Water Bottle
When you’re out in the sun for hours, you’re going to need a way to rehydrate. With an insulated water bottle, you will have a nice cold drink ready to go at all times. A good quality water bottle will also ensure that there are no leaks in your bag.
- First Aid Kit
Whether you’re at the beach on your own or with the family, you should always travel with a first aid kit. Make sure it has all the essentials including disinfectant, eye wash and sterile eye pads, bandages, sticking plaster, scissors and tweezers.
- Wireless Speakers
At the beach, many people like to relax while listening to the sound of crashing waves. But, if you’re not in that, you can also bring your well-crafted playlist with you.
With a wireless speaker you will play your favorite tunes while chilling on Australia’s finest beaches. Any portable bluetooth speaker should do the job. However, if you’re scared about it making contact with water, there are plenty of water-resistant speakers out there.
In terms of size, there are speakers with the same dimensions as a tennis ball. If you’re old school and want to feel some nostalgia, there are even boom-box style speakers out there.
- Wet Bags
After taking a dip, you’ll need a place to store your wet togs. With wet bags, you can just throw your wet bathing suits into it and forget about it until you get home.
If you have children, this becomes even more important. Wet bags make it easier for you to organise your childrens’ beachwear. They are easy to store and carry, allowing you to have a stressless beach day with the family.
They come in different designs as well. So, if you children want a specific colour, many stores are sure to have it.
- Beach Towels and Blankets
Getting sand between your toes is fine, but wouldn’t want it all over your body. If you want to relax and bathe in the sun, you’ll need a beach towel.
You can choose to bring a beach towel just for you or a large one to share with friends or family. It’s also pretty useful If you’re planning to have a little picnic at the beach.
- Beach Balls
No beach day is complete without some sort of a ball gamel.
To ensure that everyone has a good time, make sure to bring inflatable beach balls or volleyballs. You can play on the sands or in the water. If your crew is up to it, you can even bring a rugby ball.
Now that we’ve gone through the beach essentials, you’re ready to enjoy the waves. Make sure you have the proper storage tools, your towels and your beach balls. All of these ready to go, your day at the beach should be a blast. Of course, safety should still be a top concern. Sunscreen, hats and umbrellas will keep you safe from the harmful effects of direct sunlight.