Camping on the beach can be an enjoyable way to enjoy nature and relax. There’s nothing better than spending the day searching for shells and watching the sun set over the waves. But there are some important safety precautions that you need to take into account when tenting on the beach.
Choose A Good Spot.
You will want to choose a spot where you won’t be disturbed by other campers. If you plan to bring along pets, make sure you pick a spot with plenty of room for them to roam. Also, avoid areas near water because animals can easily drown.
When choosing a campsite, consider the weather forecast. The best spots to pitch a tent are those that get direct sunlight during the day and stay shaded at night. Make sure there are trees nearby if you plan to use a fire pit. Avoid sites that are too close to roads or trails because noise from traffic and people could disturb your sleep.
If you want to camp near the ocean, choose a spot that gets direct sunlight during the day. You should be able to see the water from your site, which makes it easier to check tide times and avoid getting stranded. Also, look for a place that stays shaded at night if possible.
Pack For Rainy Days.
Make sure you pack everything you need for rainy days. This includes rain gear, a tent, sleeping bags, flashlights, first aid kit, fire starter, and extra food.
If you plan on spending a night under the stars, be prepared for anything from a light drizzle to a torrential downpour. You should always bring a waterproof poncho, rain pants, and a pair of rubber boots. A flashlight is essential because you won’t want to miss the sunset while you’re trying to find your tent. Also, keep a first aid kit handy, since you never know what might happen during a storm. And if you’re planning on cooking outside, make sure you have plenty of propane tanks and lighter fluid.
If you’re going to camp at the beach, you’ll want to bring a tarp to protect your belongings from the sand. Tents are heavy, and they take up a lot of space. Plus, you’ll need to stake them down, which means carrying around stakes and rope. The best solution? Bring a tarp instead. Not only does it protect your stuff from the elements, but it also makes it easier to pitch your tent. Just fold it up into a compact bundle and tie it off with some rope.
Bring Waterproof Gear.
Since you will be camping on the beach you will want to waterproof your gear as best as possible. The weather can be unpredictable on the beach and you may experience wind and rain that can get your camping gear soaked. The ground may also be wet so you will want to put down a tarp before setting up your tent. I also suggest getting a tent with a rainfly to help keep you dry inside. Waterproof bags are a great choice to keep your camping gear dry while you camp. Wet clothes can make camping on the beach intolerable and uncomfortable so it is best to plan ahead.
I like to pack my gear in waterproof duffel bags to keep them dry and ready to use.
Bring Plenty Of Water And Food.
You will need plenty of water and food when camping on the beach. If you plan to camp overnight, bring enough supplies to last at least two days. When you go camping, you should always bring plenty of water. The best way to keep yourself hydrated while camping is to drink lots of water throughout the day. However, if you are going to be camping at a lake or river, you should bring a water bottle that has a filter attached to it. A filter removes impurities from the water before you drink it.
If you are planning to stay at a campsite for several nights, you should bring some extra food. Make sure that you pack enough food for each person who will be staying at the campsite. You should also bring snacks such as granola bars, trail mix, nuts, dried fruit, and energy drinks. These items will help you get through the night without having to eat anything unhealthy.
Avoid Over Exposure to the Sun.
It’s easy to spend too long in the sun, especially when you’re having a blast. However, you will want to keep track of how long you and your family stay in the sun, especially if you have small children. You will need to continually reapply sunblock and make sure that the kids take time out of the sun. We like to bring a small tent so the kids can get shade during the hottest part of the day while we are on the beach.
Camping On The Beach with Children.
Children love camping on the beach. There are so many things for them to discover and learn about and they will have plenty of activities to keep them busy. You will want to pack them some beach toys, shovels, metal detectors, and plenty of sunscreen! Also, kids eat a lot of snacks and can make a huge dent in your food. We bring substantially more food than we need just in case the kids eat too many snacks while playing on the beach.
Is it Legal to Camp on the Beach?
You will want to check local listings to make sure you can actually camp at certain beaches. You can usually find signs when you first enter the beach that will let you know what you can and cannot do at the beach. If you are not able to pitch your tent right on the beach, you may be able to scoot back a bit and at least get within view of the water. Most beaches have campsites for both RVs and tents close by.
Don’t Forget To Have Fun!
There are so many fun activities you can do while camping on the beach. Here are just a few ideas:
- Go fishing
- Play volleyball
- Standup paddle boards
- Cook dinner
- Make s’mores
- Inflatable boats
- Watch the sunset
- Listen to music
- Read a book
Camping on the beach can be a wonderful experience as long as you do it right and stay comfortable. A little planning goes a long way in making sure you have a great time on your next camping trip.
Jerome is an avid outdoorsman who moonlights as an attorney when he’s not creating the world’s greatest online content.