The exciting time of summer is upon us. The temperature is around ninety-seven degrees, the sun is shining in an awesome blue sky, and the waves are rolling in. Well, almost all the interesting things are happening at the beach. The beach is a great place to explore, meet people, and have fun. But before you go, there are several things you should take along with you. Here are my top 5 things to bring when you go on a beach camping vacation:
1:Sunscreen and Bottles- You may think it’s stupid to pack three pounds of sunscreen when there are only few people, but die hard sunscreenistas will not accept any excuse why they shouldn’t wear it on a daily basis. Some people say you should only use it when the Mrs. hasn’t used it already, and I say lieutenants, Britannia, Aerobit, and all of the Clear Tabs they sell in Target. If you go to the beach, I recommend a no-brainer item: a tube of JailBreaknte Aqua Mira. It works great for all types of skin problems and I haven’t had one yet, in order to go with it, I’ve got a tube of Baby Rota Mid-Protect Mid-Sun Small Sized Boat. The Mum spent 2 hours on the phone to make us this stuff, and I have to say, it makes a world of difference. Bring some pump spray to face the heat, and then you can go lay in the sun and let all that extra Vitamin D do you no good.
2: Shorts and T-shirts- If you are feeling hot and stuffy, or if you are just in the summer mood, feel free to invest in a few shorts and a shirt will go a long way. If you are going to be camping in the summer, I would wear a tank top and cargo pants, with cargo hats. It works, even in the summer. If you just want to cover up, or if you are just lounging around the campsite, a sweatshirt will suffice.
3: Rain gear- If you are planning on camping in wet clothes, one of the things I stress the most on is rain gear. We have to pack in tons of tiny little rain ponchos. It is amazing how much these things weigh, and I only end up buying them because everyone else seems to forget about them. You need protection from the rain, and in a really busy campsite, this means a full length rain fly. I know, tempting, but believe me, you don’t want to overpack. If there is a chance of rain, you’ll want to have a tarp to hand over your vest or robe, to prevent water from getting in. You may also want rain gear to help you dry off, so bring a towel and a pair of light shoes to dry off, even in the winter.
4: Youralgamies- Well, like last year, people tend to forget about this stuff, and it’s important. When you are camping in the rain, you always want to be as dry as possible. When you are outside, it is amazing how much moisture your sweat will innervate you with. Now, in the winter, it is best to avoid that moisture if you can, so a nice heavy set of underwear will help you to do that. I made sure I had rain gear, because I knew how much I would get soaked. Bring a set of long underwear and mix it with a bit of sweat, and you have yourself a nice set of waterproof underwear.
5: First Aid Kit- Make sure you know what you will have to help with: scratch, bug bites, scrapes by fall, icing, whatever will come up. You want to be prepared, and easy to access. Having a kit can make all the difference in the world. Get to know your fellow campers, and find out ahead of time if there is a chance of you sharing a camp or eating facility, so you can plan accordingly.
6: Flashlight- see that wonderful sunset. Remember to look for your flashlight at night. It will come in handy.
7: Maps- not being able to see the forest for the trees. Not being able to read the marked trails.
8: probe and go out- the Internet, GPS, cell phones, iPods, gaming devices, etc.
9: shovels- to dig a hole, to dig a hole, and to love it.
There are more things to camp for, but these are the top five for me. Whatever your choice, have fun and enjoy the beauty that Mother Nature has to offer.