What do you take?

@arkaf61 (10882)
Canada
May 28, 2007 9:57pm CST
WHen you go to the beach? I really like to go light. A towel, a bottle of water that I had in the freezer overnight, a few dry snacks and little else. Because of the kids I had to adjust a few things so I had a few extra things for them, but still on the light side. My in-laws like to take everything, including the kitchen sink LOL I hated going to the beach with them because it was such hard work. They would take chairs, and blankets, and an umbrella, cooler, food for an army, another cooler for drinks, plates, cutlery, cups, napkins, sometimes even a small bbq. WE used to spend more time taking everything from the car to take to the beach than the actual time enjoying the sand and ocean. Then they would make everyone have a huge meal and then there we were on the beach, full to the top, lazy and sweaty ... I hated it LOL What about you what do you take when you go to the beach?
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@misheleen73 (6037)
• United States
29 May 07
I absolutely abhor the beach. I hate the water and the sand. The times I have gone with my hubby and kids, I stay on the beach, they swim. I like a chair, as I hate the sand, and for the umbrella, it's not just because it's hot. I burn very easily. 10 minutes in direct sunlight and I am a crispy critter. I do use sunblock SPF 50, but I still manage to get burnt, so I like the shade. I much prefer a pool, where I know what's in the water with me and I don't have sand stuck to my rear end and in places it shouldn't be. We don't do the whole "food" thing, but I do take a cooler with drinks for me and the kids. And usually a book for me to read while they all play in the water.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
2 Jun 07
Yes, some people don't like the feel of the sand. Me, I love it. As for burning we do use sunblock but we don't really burn at least not that easily so it's fine for us. We spend most of our time in the water anyways, although you can really burn being in the water as well, because of the reflection. The thing about knowing what's in the water with you I understand. I don't really care much about it in the ocean maybe because I grew up beside it - I alwasy lived no more than 10 minutes from the beach except now in here - but I have the same feeling in the lakes. I don't know why I make this difference, but I do.
• United States
3 Jun 07
I grew up by the ocean as well in South Florida. Just never like it..lol
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
3 Jun 07
There goes my theory then LOL Then I guess it's me.. I love the ocean hehehe
@chiyosan (30204)
• Philippines
2 Jun 07
i like to go light too when packing things and i can stay for about a week on other places having only a backpack with me. :)
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
2 Jun 07
Yes, that is the idea. GO light:) I remember camping through Europe with just my backpack . Sometimes we could stay right at the beach and it was great. Darn I miss that hehe
@SKLC_PT (1234)
1 Jun 07
I try to go light. A towel, some sun protection some money encase I need it, and that's just about it. last time I went that's what I took, however, I went to a beach with some nice stones and shells, though I took various small shells and stones those various small items were quite heavy lol. I can't resist those nice shells and stones. I can't complain though, I got some really nice ones!
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
2 Jun 07
I love to walk around the beach looking for pretty stones and shells, but in the end I live most of them there and just take home a few that I find the prettiest.
@gabs8513 (48715)
• United Kingdom
31 May 07
I will just take what I need lol the lighter the better as far as I am concerned I could not be asked to take bag fulls with me and then unpack and then pack up again
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
2 Jun 07
Exactly my feelings gabs:) Some things can be very comfortable and nice to have, but I don't want to carry too much weight and the sand is so nice and comfy anyways hehe
@shakeroo (3990)
• Malaysia
29 May 07
Whenever I go to the beach, the things that I would take with me are a mat, some cold drinks, some snacks, swimming trunks, goggles, sun tan lotion, slippers, some friends, my wife and kid, extra clothing, towels. I think that's about it. LOL
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
2 Jun 07
ANd that's about the right things to take :):) I also prefer a mat to the towels but I don't find many in here, at least not the ones that I was used to.
@tess1960 (2386)
• United States
29 May 07
When I lived on either coast, Florida or California, I was like you and took the bare minimal. Now for going to the lake we take lawn chairs (for fishing), blanket, towels and a small cooler for ice and drinks. If we take food it's usually chips or pbj or ham sandwiches. We don't go to the Lake near enough any more.
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@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
2 Jun 07
What makes me go trough winter each year is the thought that soon it will be summer and I can go to the beach:) True I would prefer the real deal with ocean instead of a lake, but I take what I can hehe I"m so glad that the kids are bigger now and I don't need to bring so many extra things for them. I know chairs are comfortable, but carrying them is not, so they're a no for us. Cooler would be cool of course but I don't want to carry that one either so I manage by putting a few bottles of water in the freezer the night before and then the water will be perfect while we're in the beach, sometimes we take one or two small packages of fruit crystals and the kids add them to the water when they get there if they want the fruity flavour. Everyone carries their towel around their neck and we take a small back pack with a few snacks and fruit that we try to eat first so it's still good. I tend to take dry snacks like nuts, or trail mix or something like that that is not too bulky. We're spending most of our time in the water anyways - all of us LOL
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
2 Jun 07
The beach is right across the road so we take whatever the whim stikes. Sometimes we take the dog and his ball and go for a walk. Sometimes we take the Zodia, or the inner tube. Sometimes we take shovels and buckets, sometines we take all the skin diving gear and wetsuits. Sometimes I take a book and they build damns. I never bring anything to eat because home is so close and I hate eating sandy food! It's also a good way to get them to leave when it is time to go home because if they are hungry they are less likely to whine to stay longer.
@arkaf61 (10882)
• Canada
2 Jun 07
OH I envy you so much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! When can I go and visit ?? hehehe Until I came to Canada I had always lived close to the beach. I Love the soothing effect of the sound of the waves at night when I go to sleep and I think it's one of the things that I miss the most.
• Saint Vincent And The Grenadines
12 Aug 07
umm well i normally take a towel, sunglasses, sun lotion, some food, water, palas (type of wooden rackets which are very popular in my area), my wallet and not much more to be honest!
@smacksman (6074)
29 Jun 07
I'm happy to travel light - a towel and a bottle of water for each of us. And a lot of beaches we go to we don't need a swimming costume either which is great. No wet cossies to drag back to the car. Oh yes, one thing we do take is sun block as three of us are fair and can burn early in the summer. My wife is lovely and dark and tans to a beautiful bronze in no time at all - lucky girl.
@bgreen8 (266)
• United States
29 Jun 07
Well, it depends on where we are staying. If the hotel is on the beach, then we only bring chairs, an umbrella, a few drinks, towel, sand toys. If we need something, we'll just walk back to the room or when it's lunch time we walk back to the room to eat and then go back out. But if we have to drive to the beach, then we take a small army, lol. Chairs, umbrella, towels, a cooler of drinks and snacks for the day, sunblock for the kids, suntan lotion, sand toys. It seems like a lot, but actually it's really not. The kids have their own bags that they are responsible for, husband is in charge of the cooler and chairs and I get the umbrella and towels for myself and hubby. So, we keep it organized so we spend as little time as possible setting up and more time enjoying the sand and water!!