What to Bring on a Beach Day

Spring is being a little too stubborn this year, but nevertheless I won't let the cold temps and threat of drizzles of the Oregon coast keep me from the beach! No matter what time of the year it is around here, we love the beach. I see people walking their doggies, rock climbing the mountains, walking the trails, or just feeding the birds. The beach has a specific meaning for us all.

What I bring when I go to the beach depends on the time of season. Right now, our temps are in the 40s and 50s and overcast days so I layer up first off. Then I like to bring these items:

  • Gloves, knitted hat. It can get windy here and especially near the water and the first thing on me that gets cold is my hands and head!
  • Camera. I like taking pictures but I'm not that good at it...still I enjoy having my little camera with me when I get an inspiration.
  • iPad, Mobile phone. Of course I have to have my technology with me for those moments where we're driving to and from the beach.
  • Crochet/knit project. When it's not too cold, I love to crochet or knit at the beach. Something about being outside watching the waves and crocheting that just does something to me. I seem to get a lot of done when I'm outdoors.
  • Snacks. When we're hiking or walking the trails, I love to have some cereal bars on hand. My favorite is the Kroger Chewy Granola Bars - Variety Pack where you get 2 chocolate chip, 2 chocolate chip and peanut butter, 2 s'mores, and 2 oatmeal and raisin bars. Hubby likes assorted crackers and we bring water too.
  • Chairs. We bought a couple of lawn chairs that fold up and come with a handle bag, we leave them in the back of our truck just in case we want to sit out and eat lunch.
  • Tide book. Because hubby's a nature photographer, we keep up with the high and low tides. We like high tides most, but there are times when we want to be out at low tide so we can walk closer to the ocean.
  • Recorder. Hubby keeps a small one for when we're visiting a different beach we haven't been to before. It's easy to take a bunch of pics and later on forget where they were taken.
  • Extra beach towels. Handy for days that we can walk barefoot in the sand.
  • Sunscreen lotion. For hubby especially. I don't need it so much.
  • First-aid kit. You just never know when you need a band-aid.
So what do you bring to the beach?