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10 Essential Beach Camping Tips

Get the 10 essential beach camping tips before heading out to make your camping trip enjoyable.

By Lane | @Lane

Updated on Oct 28, 2019

There is no doubt that the beach camping by the sea is a wonderful experience because you can enjoy the ocean sunsets and falling sleep with the sound of waves, but it is a little different from normal camping trips. If you've never done this kind of camping before, you need to know something that can help you get a better camping experience. Here we show you the essential beach camping tips that make your beach camping getaway enjoyable.

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1: Plan on the Weather

This is an essential beach camping tip that every beach camper should know. In the summer, afternoon thunderstorms are happened frequently, especially on the beach. You also need to check the windy conditions before heading out because the wind can throw a tent around and whip up the beach sand to every nook of your tent. If the wind is blowing consistently over 10 mph, you should cancel your beach camping trip.

2: Choose a Right Beach Campsite

Designated beach campsites are ideal for a beach camping trip. But if you are planning to a wild or remote destination, do some research beforehand. In fact, camping is banned on most beaches or requires a permit. We recommend that you contact the parks and recreation department of the city where you plan to camp. Also, while some places may allow you to camp on the beach, they don't allow you to build bonfires.

3: Know the Tides and Tide Lines

If you ignore the tide and pitch your tent on the beach, you may be awakened in the middle of the night by cold water creeping into your tent. Therefore, you need to know the tide at the beach and how far it usually rises when the tide is high. Look around for a water line is a good way to know where the tide line is. If you're still unsure, simply ask the locals how far the tides usually came up. Surfers, lifeguards and fishermen are also the best people to ask. If no one is around, ask your local bait shop staff.

4: Choose the Right Tent

You need to choose a well-ventilated waterproof tent with lots of mesh on the tent body and a tent with an additional canopy for some much-need shade. No one wants to spend their day in a hot tent at the beach. The canopy tent will make your camping trip much more enjoyable. Or you can bring a collapsible sun shelter. Not only can this provide much-needed shade, but it can also be used as a shelter for rain or mosquitoes. Before pitching your tent, clear away pebbles or rocks in your camp area and lay a tarp on the ground to keep it dry and to keep sand out.

5: Protect Yourself from Pesky Bugs

Pesky bugs can ruin a beach camping trip. Blood-sucking insects keep you alive to eat and leave hundreds of tiny bites that will leave you itching and scratching for days. The best way to protect yourself from bugs is to use high-quality bug repellent. You can use a sunscreen that includes insect repellent. 

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6: Keeping the Sand out

The sand will seep into your tent when you’re camping at the beach. Keeping sand out is much easier than removing it from a tent or sleeping bag. Here are some methods to keep and from getting everywhere:

-Lay an oversized tarp under the tent, so you have plenty of room to take off your shoes before you go into the tent.

-Brush your feet to remove sand before entering the tent.

-If the sand on your feet is wet, use baby powder to soak up moisture and make the sand fall off easily.

-Keep a small tub of water by the tent door to wash your feet before entering.

7: Pay Attention to Sun protection

Due to the nature of the beach, which tends to coexist with the vast expanse of water, you will be prepared for the glare of the sun that will inevitably reflect off the waves. Plan ahead to avoid a bad sunburn. Generously use a sunscreen with a high SPF every day and wear a wide-brimmed hat and protective clothing. Even if the sky is overcast and the weather is cool, you can still get sunburnt easily. Reuse sunscreen after swimming, snorkeling or surfing.

8: Drink Plenty of Water

It’s important to stay hydrated when camping on the beach. You should pack up at least one gallon of water per person per day or prepare some water filters. Don’t drink directly from the sea, river, or stream, no matter how clean it looks. You should know how to purify water before drinking it.

9: What else to Pack

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Ziploc bags – keep your phone, camera, wallet or other sensitive thinks sank-free or water-free. Also, put your wet clothes into the Ziploc bags.

Extra towels – for beach use and cleaning. 

Layered clothing – the temperature difference between day and night is large on the beach, so prepare some warm clothes to prevent colds.

Garbage bags – put your garbage to the bags and take away when you leave.

Flashlights and extra batteries

Camping cookware

10: Beach Camping Etiquette

As with any traditional camping trip, leaving no trace is crucial. Whether you're on an ocean, lake, or river, keep the following important beach camping etiquette tips in mind:

-- Take away all trash.

-- Avoid camping in sand dunes because they provide a habitat for all kinds of wildlife.

-- Use biodegradable soap and sunscreen.

-- If you have a fire, make sure the ashes are adequately buried.

-- Dig a toilet at least 100 feet from the water when camping in the wild.

The Bottom Line

Beach camping is a great way to explore nature. Follow these 10 beach camping tips to make your camping experience much safer and more enjoyable.

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