Spring Break is a great time to hit the beach and soak up some sun, but before you pack your bags, it’s important to make sure you’re prepared for everything that comes with a beach vacation. Here are some tips for making the most of your beach trip:

What to bring:

What to bring often depends on whether you are road-tripping to your destination or flying there and then going to the beach. If you are lucky enough to be within driving distance of the beach, you can pack your car with all kinds of fun beach items.

  • Sunscreen: This is probably the most important thing to pack. Make sure you bring enough for the whole trip and reapply throughout the day. It’s good to have plenty and a variety of types since often you’ll need to share.
  • Beach towels: You’ll need enough large towels to lay on and dry off with.
  • Swimsuits: Obviously, you’ll need a swimsuit if you plan on going in the water.
  • Hat/sunglasses: Protect your eyes and face from the sun with a hat and sunglasses.
  • Water/snacks: It’s important to stay hydrated and nourished while spending time in the sun.
  • Beach bag: Bring a bag to carry all your belongings in.
  • If you are driving, a beach tent is ideal, with the added sun protection—you’ll be able to enjoy a longer day in the sun.

What to be aware of before going:

  • Weather: Check the weather forecast before you leave and pack accordingly. Be aware of any potential storms or high winds that could make for unsafe conditions.
  • Tides: Pay attention to the tide schedule so you don’t get caught off guard by a sudden change in water levels.
  • Wildlife: Depending on where you’re going, you may need to watch out for jellyfish, stingrays, or other creatures that could pose a threat.
  • Rip currents: Be aware of rip currents and know how to escape them if necessary.

Activities to plan:

  • Beach games: Bring a frisbee, volleyball, or other games to play on the beach.
  • Snorkeling/scuba diving: If you’re interested in exploring the underwater world, plan a snorkeling or scuba diving excursion.
  • Beach bars/restaurants: Check out the local beach bars and restaurants for some fun and relaxation.
  • Water sports: Rent jet skis, paddleboards, or kayaks for some water sports fun.

Overall, a beach vacation can be a great way to spend Spring Break. Just be sure to pack accordingly, be aware of potential dangers, and plan some fun activities to make the most of your time on the sand and in the water.