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There are so many things to do at the beach (fish, surf, snorkel, just plain relax), it's no wonder why beach camping is such a popular activity. Now, before I go too far, let me explain that beach camping doesn't always happen at the ocean. Many people camp lakeside, or near large rivers - the needs are very similar.
It's pretty simple to prepare for a few days (and nights) at the beach. Think through your usual swimming needs - swimsuits, sunscreen, flippers, etc. You'll obviously still need to pack these items, but you'll also need to think about a few additional needs, as well.
The Beach Camping Checklist
Okay, okay - we're a site about preparation and checklists, so what exactly do we recommend you bring? As always, check out ourcamping equipment checklist page for items you'll need nearly every trip. In addition to those, you will want to pack:
- Swimming trunks
Obviously, this is optional. Some of us won't need these.
- Wading shoes
If you're new to wading in rocky shorelines, be sure to bring some form of protection for your feet. Submerged sticks and logs can deliver a painful and nasty bruise.
- Beach towels
Remember that you will want separate towels for lying around and drying-off.
- Shower bag
It's important to get all of that sand off. Nothing could be worse than spending a night wet, and with sand scraping against your skin.
- Pick the proper camp site.
You want your camp site away from headlands or sand dunes - these can be an nightmare during a windy night.
- Sunscreen and sunglasses
It's already on our list, but it's extra-important at the beach.
- Rope or material for a makeshift clothesline
It's nice to have a place to dry your clothes.
If your main fun comes from being on or in the water, make sure you do your research. Some areas have restrictions on swimming and fires. Make sure your equipment (ATVs, boogie boards, floating devices, etc.) is permitted, as well. We live in Chicago, near lake Michigan, and were surprised to learn floating devices are restricted items at the lake.
Remember to start off slow. For your first trip, don't look for the most remote, difficult-to-access location you can find. You'll have time to find these after you're a little more seasoned. Also, avoid camping in the winter, if you're a newbie - the summer is best. Cold temperatures can be very dangerous.
Here are a few resources for finding a good camp site:
Check out these vids before you hit the beach.
- Very important - you need to know how to set up your tent. The beach presents unique problems that you may not have in mind
- This poor guy. Sometimes it's like that, though. You can never prepare for everything.
- Solo camping on the beach can be cool. You know how we feel about the solo deal, but Mr. Batchelor pulls it off quite well.
- Ah, so make up could be an issue for some of us. I think most people would be understanding if you skipped it for a camping trip, but check this out just in case.