Don't let the pandemic keep you from your next beach day!
Although things look a little different this summer, don't let that keep you from enjoying the beach...at a distance of course. With social distancing, hand sanitizing, and face covering, it can be tricky to remember everything you need to pack for your day out. We created the ultimate beach day checklist to make your prep just a little bit easier.
FOOD & BEVERAGES
With many restaurants closed or not allowing in-door dining, it's best to be prepared and bring your own food on your beach day. Planning what food you’re going to pack is a must.
Sandwiches and wraps are some of the best beach lunches to pack. They're easy to make, easy to pack, and taste great.
Snacks, snacks, and more snacks! Even if you don't bring a full lunch, don't forget the snacks. Pack chips, pretzels, refreshing fruit like watermelon, and anything else you enjoy.
Sitting outside in the sun can lead to dehydration. Make sure you’re packing tons of water to stay hydrated. Packing water in a metal water bottle and storing it in your cooler can help keep your water cool. Another great option to keep your food cold all day and ensure you have a cool beverage to drink, is freezing your plastic water bottles the night before and using as ice packs in your cooler. As they melt, you're left with some nice icy water. Better yet, throw a few bottles of KABAKI Kenyan Purple Tea in the freezer. KABAKI Kenyan Purple Tea will help you stay hydrated, is full of healthy antioxidants, and tastes great!
Bringing hand sanitizer with you this summer is crucial. While you may be able to socially distance yourself from others on the beach, it’s still important to keep your hands clean, even if you can’t get to a proper sink.
Sun protection is always important! Even if you think you’re not going to be affected, repeated and prolonged sun exposure can lead to sunburn, skin damage, or even skin cancer. Try to reach for a water-resistant sunscreen that's at least 30 SPF and make sure you re-apply throughout the day. Did you know your lips can sunburn too? Don't forget to pack your lip balm with SPF to protect your lips from the sun as well.
Along with sunscreen, another layer of sun protection is a beach umbrella. This is imperative to get some shade and stay cool especially when going indoors is less available.
Sunscreen helps protect your skin from sun damage, but don't neglect your eyes. Packing sunglasses can help protect your eyes from harmful UV rays. Always make sure when buying sunglasses, they say “100% protection from UVA and UVB rays.”
TOWEL & BEACH CHAIRS
The sand can get hot! Make sure you help protect yourself from the hot sand and from getting too sandy. Towels are multi-purpose. They'll help dry you off after a dip in the water, protect your skin from hot sand, can double as a cover-up, and can be used to set your picnic on. If you prefer a little more support or a comfy place to read, think about bringing a beach chair too.
A GOOD BOOK
What is a relaxing beach day without a good book? If your neighborhood bookstore is closed, you can order books online through Amazon or many bookstores like Barnes and Noble are offering curbside pick up. If you don’t know what book to read next, check out this list of must-read books ranging from non-fiction to mystery, and everything in between...
What's more perfect than sitting on the beach with a good book or some good tunes? Don't forget to pack a pair of headphones so you can listen to your favorite summer songs on repeat.
A cover-up or change of clothes is a necessity for a day at the beach. Who wants to wear a wet and sandy bathing suit on their ride home? Having a change of clothes handy allows you to be prepared for your ride home or anything that may come up. And don't forget a cover-up too! The sun's rays can get pretty brutal. It's great to have a lightweight cover-up on hand that you can use to protect your skin from too much exposure.
One of the most important things you can do when your beach day is done is clean up your space! Anything left at the beach such as empty water bottles, food wrappers, even masks, can eventually end up in the ocean. About 17.6 billion pounds of plastic is dumped in the oceans each year and can take upwards of 400 years to degrade. Make sure you pick up your trash and dispose of it properly. In case you can't find a trash can, bring your own trash bag to ensure nothing gets left behind.
Make sure that you plan ahead and double-check that the beach you want to go to is open to the public. Many beaches this summer require tickets online in advance or are just open to residents. It’s important to do your research. Additionally, make sure that you are complying with the safety measures outlined by the CDC on social distancing. Check out this information for more CDC recommendations on ways to make sure you and your family stay healthy for your next beach outing.
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