Beach Camping Tips
Nothing beats going to bed at night with the sound of gently crashing waves in the distance and waking to the morning sun over the surf. These are but some of the reasons beach camping is so popular. Unfortunately not every beach adventure turns out quite so nice, sometimes even ending in disaster. Avoid having your next beach adventure turn into the next Poseidon Adventure with these easy to follow tips.
Selecting your site
One beach is as good as the next right? No, not exactly. The first part of having a successful beach camping trip is selecting a site that will be comfortable, protected and safe.
1. Avoid the surf and the dunes. Obviously you need to select a site far enough away from the surf to stay dry. Remember that high tide may be higher than you think so check with locals or refer to the tide charts before going out. You might think that the best course of action is to simply camp by the dunes- far enough from the water to stay dry and provide a wind break. But you would be best to avoid the dunes as well. Not only is it likely they are protected areas and often home to endangered species of dune birds, they also harbor many species of plants that are irritating to both humans and pets.
2. Sun protection. The beach means glaring sun and little if any shade. The last thing you want is to start your weekend with a bad case of sunburn and end it withering in pain inside your tent. It is vital that you have plenty of sunscreen, a hat, sun glasses and protective clothing available. It is also important to include a sun shade in you kit- either a tarp of specially designed sun shelter which will allow you to enjoy the view without falling victim to the sun.
3. H20 Source. When camping on the beach you will be surrounded by water but none of it will be fit to drink. Drinking salt water can make you extremely ill and spending the day in the sun will increase you need for water so it is very important you ensure a steady supply of fresh water. The average person needs 2 liters of water per day, you should have at least 3 even four on hand.
4. Safe and sound. If you enjoy conventional camping you know that one of the main concerns is keeping your gear dry. While this may not be a concern when beach camping ( unless you put your tent in the wrong place) you do have another concern- SAND. Sand, which the beach if filled with, can ruin gear as efficiently as water and can be just as hard to protect against. Everything needs to be stored in airtight sealed containers, totes or zip locked bags. I would also recommend you have a small broom and dust pan on hand for cleaning out your tent.
5. Power supply. There was a time when having a power supply available was never a consideration, in fact most people when camping to escape the phone calls and emails that made up their daily grind. Not always the case anymore. Some people simply can not go off the grid even for a few days. If you must stay connected consider getting a small solar charger, most of which are more than strong enough to charge a phone or tablet and are very reasonable in price.