Ahhh, the beach. Nothing says relaxation more than laying in a tent on a soft bed of sand, listening to the sounds of the waves crashing the shore, breathing in that crisp ocean air, and the feeling that everything is going to be okay.
Although it may seem like an easy thing to do, beach camping can sometimes be a hassle, especially if you go unprepared or don’t know what to do.
There’s the sand that can get everywhere (and I mean, everywhere), having constantly wet clothes, oh, and the danger that you may wake up drowning in your tent.
Well, if you want to make the most of your ocean adventures and don’t want to end up with a mini ocean inside your tent, I suggest you follow some of my beach camping tips that I’ll be sharing with you right now.
Get To Know The Beach
As with most camping trips to anywhere, the first thing you need to do is plan ahead. You can do this by getting to know the beach that you are going to. There are some key questions you need to find the answers to, either by checking their website, reading reviews, doing research, or simply calling them up.
Try to find out the following things:
- Do they have a potable water source?
- Do they offer food or will you have to cook it yourself?
- If you do have to cook it yourself, do they have a grill or stove or will you have to bring your own?
- Are there flushing toilets or are you going to have to bring a shovel to dig a hole in the ground?
- Are there showers available?
- Will you be able to start a bonfire?
- Are dogs allowed (for those of you with pets)?
- What is the predicted weather going to be?
- Will it be high tide or low tide? Are there tide charts available?
These questions will serve as a guide as to how you are going to prepare for your trip and they will also help you know what to pack.
Pack The Right Stuff
After you’ve figured out the answers to those questions, pack accordingly. If there is no potable water, bring lots of water. Or you can bring a portable water filter or a water filter bottle instead.
If they don’t offer food, then bring some along with a cooker. As long as you ask those questions ahead of time, you’ll know what key items you need to bring.
But an important part of beach camping is to use the right kind of tent so it can highlight the true beauty of beach camping. Beach tents are usually completely open on one side so you get as much ventilation as possible along with a great view. Other tents have large windows or mesh roofs for stargazing.
There are lots of tents to choose from, but a great one is the Quick Up Cabana Style XL Beach Tent from WildHorn Outfitters.
Apart from a beach tent, your swimsuit, and other basic camping essentials, you should bring stuff sacks and zipper bags. Trust me, those things will become your best friend.
The zipper bags and stuff sacks will help keep sand and water away from important things like fresh food or your gadgets. Unless you want some sandy oatmeal, put them in a zipper bag!
Observe Your Surroundings
…particularly the tides.
This is why one of the questions I mentioned that you need to ask in the Get To Know The Beach section, is will it be high tide or low tide or are there tide charts available – so that you don’t end up drowning in your tent!
If you weren’t able to find tide charts online, you can always ask the admin or the people around there about where the high-tide line is. If all else fails, check your surroundings. The high-tide line will most likely be marked by ocean debris like seaweed or driftwood.
Once you find that high-tide line, set up about 20 feet away for extra safety! Remember, just because it’s low tide when you arrive, doesn’t mean it’s going to stay that way!
Bonfire + Clothesline = Happy Camper
You know how on the first day of staying on the beach, everything is peachy? But then on the second, or maybe even the third day, it starts getting annoying because everything you put on seems to be wet? Well, there’s a pretty simple solution to that – build a clothesline.
It’s pretty easy to set up a clothesline. You can tie a rope between two trees, or find some logs and stand them up together. The trick is to get creative about it and use whatever you have around you.
This is especially useful if you’ll be camping for more than a day. In the morning, you can hang wet clothes to dry by the sun and at night, you can set up a bonfire nearby and let the warmth of the bonfire dry out your clothes!
Be careful though, don’t let the fire get too close – you don’t want to end up with burnt clothes!
Say No To Sand!
It’s kind of ironic how the sand on the beach can be so great yet so awful at the same time. On one hand, you can build sandcastles, spread out a towel and rest on its soft surface, but on the other hand, it just gets everywhere.
Be strict about no shoes/slippers in the tent, and have everyone shakedown well before entering as well. You can even get a small handheld brush and dustpan to sweep the tent before going to bed and before packing it away.
If space (and convenience) permits it, you can even get a small portable vacuum that you can leave in your car, so you can suck up all the stubborn sand before heading home.
Be vigilant about this, or else you’ll find sand coming out of nowhere in your tent, in your car, and even in your house for the rest of the year. Unless you want to be sweeping sand year round, keep sand away!
Go, Have Fun!
Just remember to take into account these tips and plan ahead (even just a little bit) so you won’t be worrying once you arrive on your oceanfront campsite.
After your adventure, come back here and let me know how it went, I would love to hear from you!
Now go, your adventure awaits!