After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in April of 1995 I thought beach days were gone. As a Florida girl growing up beaches have been part of my weekends for years. I was unsure if I would ever get back to them. Then I decided that my MS wasn’t going to steal my joy or define me. I packed a bag and headed to the beach.
Now years later weekend getaways and day trips are a family must. It is safe to say I’m an expert on packing for a beach day. So what exactly should you bring to a day at the beach? I’m glad you asked.
Beach day packing essentials
The first rule is to always have sun protection. Sunscreen, hats, glasses are all a must-have. The sun is hot and can do lots of damage from sunburns to leaving you feeling exhausted. always have protection. Consider a pop-up tent for sitting under. anything that can protect you from the sun hot rays. I use a large umbrella which is perfect.
While having a swimsuit is a given you may also want to consider sandals for walking on the hot sand. Towels or sheets for sitting on and of course towels. Most importantly beach equipment. Make sure your cane, walker, or wheelchair is beach accessible. They must be able to handle the sand.
Toys and Other Fun Things
Whether it’s a pail and shovel or a boogie board bring along some fun toys for the kids to enjoy. For adults bring a good book or a laptop and work from a fun setting. one of my must-have is a radio or other music device for listening to some tunes. Also, consider bringing cooling devices. Things like a cooling vest, towel, hat, or even a fan that connects to your phone or is battery operated.
When spending the day at the beach snacks are must-have. things like fruit, trail mix, or crackers are always a big hit. Also, don’t forget bottled water. Staying hydrated is very important when out in the sun having fun.
Finally, the most important thing you can do is make sure the beach you are going to is accessible. Whether that means for you stairs you can walk, a ramp, or the ability to drive onto the shoreline. You must make sure you can reach your destination and get out without hurting yourself.