Beach camping is really fun and being in such an environment is an amazing experience.
The atmosphere, along with the sounds from the crashing waves passing your tent as you lie down in your cozy sleeping bag is something EVERYONE should experience, even if it’s once in their lifetime.
Being in the presence of Mother Nature is one thing, but to actually sleep with her too is really the best. I have put together a list of beach camping tips to help you stay safe while on your next trip, and ultimately make it a great one.
Know The Tides
This is basic beach camping 101, so everyone should at least know this simple tip. Not knowing the tides is probably the most dangerous mistake you can ever make while beach camping.
You must absolutely know what time the tide comes up and how far the water will get to. Disasters strike when people don’t do their research first and end up waking up in the middle of the night with there campsite washed away!
Don’t Park On The Beach
When you arrive at the beach, don’t make the simple mistake of parking your car on the beach. This is a surefire way to get your car stuck or flooded.
Instead, I would rather you park on the sidewalk or AT LEAST on a grassy area where your car is allowed and going to be safe.
Long Tent Stakes Or Plastic Bag Trick
Short stakes just won’t cut the mustard when you’re trying to stake your tent down in the sand, and if you end up getting the tent up, it will likely fall over. I would rather you use long tent stakes.
OR you can do my plastic bag trick. Put some sand in plastic bags, bury them in the sand, then you can tie the guy lines to them.
However please make sure that everything is taut, this will help the tent stay up just in case a rainstorm passes through the night.
I have used this trick many times and I can tell you that it works wonders. I love using Mother Nature to my advantage 🙂
Most beaches won’t have any trees/shelter/shade, I would only recommend that you purchase some additional shelter. Sunburn can actually be deadly, and heatstroke is also not something to mess with.
Do yourself and your family/friends a favor, be the grown up and bring along some additional shelter to help keep you all safe.
The Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach tent is actually my preferred choice, and highly affordable.
Don’t Leave The Rain Fly Behind
Even in the summer, thunderstorms can pass through the night. This can actually happen in all 4 seasons and a disastrous mistake if you leave your rain fly at home.
Be prepared for the unexpected and bring along your rain fly or feel the consequences of your mistakes when it starts pouring down at 2 a.m and you have to cut your trip short because you simply weren’t prepared.
Use Trash Bags
There’s probably no rubbish bins whatsoever at the beach, it is only necessary to keep our planet clean by bringing along trash bags and disposing them when you leave.
Btw, there’s already enough people not looking after our planet, someone has to step up and make the change. So let’s start now! 🙂
These are by far my favorite accessories, these boxes work amazingly well and will help keep all your belongings dry along with your food stash.
I like to label each one to help with finding things later on.
They also make great seats too.
Consider A Double-Room Tent
I use this method every single time I go camping IF I’m not trying to camp ultralight of course.
If I’m going car camping I would take a double-room tent, one room for sleeping in and one room for storing extra clothes, perhaps to wear hiking, changing clothes, keeping dirty laundry in and keeping dirty shoes in.
This is just an all-round good idea and would of been better if I thought about it earlier.
5 Gallon Jug Of Water
I can not stress how important staying hydrated is. Dehydration can happen quicker than you think. Bring with you a huge jug of water, along with a water bottle that you can sip on throughout the day.
If you are camping in the winter, you will actually have to drink MORE water than in the summer. This is because the coldness makes our body work like clockwork while it tries to warm us up. This results in more fluids loss.
If you are confused on how much you should drink, your urine color is a good rule of thumb to follow.
A light, whitish color means hydrated. While a yellow, golden color means you need more water.
One Last Thing…
I just want to mention something about the suns UV rays, with thousands of people STILL dying from skin cancer and other sun-related illnesses, you would think that people would learn by now.
Use sunblock, a wide brim hat and some sunglasses for the best protection. Otherwise if that isn’t your cup of tea, sunblock is still better than nothing and only takes a mere 3 minutes to slap on.
3 minutes of work that can potentially save your life, you’d be silly not to do it.
Stay safe in the sun, this article explains how you can keep safe from the suns UV rays and make your next beach camp the best one yet!
Camping is really fun, but only better when you’re being safe about it.
What is suppose to be a harmless, but extremely fun camp out at the beach can suddenly turn into a disaster or even a tragedy if you’re not looking out for everyone and not taking precautions.
Even if it means YOU have to be the bigger man and tell everyone to wear sun block, or bring additional shade to help keep everyone safe, then you are essentially a legend and a lifesaver at that.
Thank you for reading my article. If you found these tips helpful, leave a nice comment below.