Beach camping season is finally upon us, which means you'll need to stock up on sunscreen, brush up on tide times and ensure you have the right outdoor gear to suit your sandy surroundings.
Setting up on a designated site may require similar preparation and planning to a bush camping trip, but if you'd prefer to go off the beaten track and find a secluded spot, there are a few things to consider before pitching your tent - or hitting the road for that matter.
- Pack Beach-Specific Supplies
- Shade: We're all about soaking up that glorious summer sunshine, but even the most dedicated sun worshippers can use a break from the sharp rays. Shelters such as the Deluxe Gazebo, tarps, or beach shade will be your best friend when camping on the beach. Setting up a secure, covered area will protect you from, not only the scorching sun, but also any unexpected weather changes. You've got to love those afternoon storms, right? Tip: add a gazebo wall for extra protection from any insects or bad weather.
- Tent: As the weather can be unpredictable, you'll want to take an all-season tent. Check out our new Fast Frame Tent range.
- Power: Another thing to think about when camping on the beach is power. If you plan on spending an extended period of time on the road but are not setting up on a campsite, you'll need to bring along a generator.
- Food:We say it every time, but pre-preparation is key. Organising your menu before you leave will help reduce stress when it comes to meal times. Half the excitement of beach camping is catching your own dinner. Yes, but it's better to be well-prepared in case you don't reel in the catch of the day. Tip: Don't forget to pack enough WATER.
- Campsite Set Up
This one may be obvious, but it's worth repeating - if you plan on camping beside the ocean and not on a designated campsite, you'll need to be all over those tide times. There are plenty of apps that allow you to monitor precise movements, so be sure to do your research before pitching your tent or setting up a campfire. Sand dunes are also something to steer clear of. Although they look cosy to nestle up next to, they actually pose a risk of shifting sand and rocks falling onto your site. Once you've found a nice flat spot, smooth out the sand with a rake to create an even surface - this will ensure you won't wake up on a hard sand mound or in a divot.
- What Else to Bring
Sand is obviously the thing that will cause you the most grief when camping on the beach. A few items you can take to help reduce the pain include: a dust pan and brush for sweeping out your tent, a doormat, sand stakes and baby powder. Surprisingly, if you apply baby powder to your sticky, sand-covered body, it will just fall straight off! No showers or aggressive towel rubbing is needed.
Don't forget to pack plenty of sand pegs, sunscreen, beach activities and always remember to stash your trash. Ropes and anchors may also come in handy to tie down any loose ends when the wind picks up.