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 in a designated site may require similar preparation and planning for a bush camping trip but if you'd prefer 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 3.0 Gazebo, tarps, a beach shade or umbrella 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. For tips on how to choose the right one for you read our Summer Tent Guide.
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 in a campsite, you'll need to bring along a generator.
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 (check out this blog for easy recipe ideas). Half the excitement of beach camping is catching your own dinner, yes, but it's better to be well-prepared incase 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 a obvious but it's worth repeating - if you plan on camping beside the ocean and not in 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 needed.
Note: Don't forget to pack plenty of 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.
If you have any other beach camping tips you'd like to share please, drop us a comment below!