This week we had our first guest aboard and we were thrilled to explore with her and introduce her to some of our favorite new beach spots. Through much trial and error we finally arrived at the perfect beach-going packing.
There is a sweet spot somewhere between schlepping everything you own or nothing at all to the beach that must be attained. I can say we made both mistakes and finally arrived at a good compromise of things to make the stay comfortable, but not appearing to be the Clampets.
First and foremost: Snacks. Take careful account into what time of day it is, what time it will be in a few hours, what you ate already, etc…and pack accordingly. The worst thing ever is to arrive and figure out you are hungry. The boat seems so close and so very far – all at the same time. PB&J for the win for us.
I can tell you from personal experience you will also want to be aware what you eat before you have to strap on a swim suit. Food babies and bikinis don’t mix. Just saying…
Most important: Bevs. Honestly – more time, care, and thought is put into not spilling the rum punches than you would believe possible. Again, plan for length of time, distance back to boat, etc….More is always a better idea.
Finally: Accessories. Books, towels, hats, sunglasses, snorkels, flippers, beach chairs, etc…
Pretty much leave everything else at home. Cruisers are a curious lot and you can guarantee anyone within binocular range is watching your entire packing, schleping, arriving, unpacking scene. If you can manage the whole routine with a bit of class you are certainly doing better than we are!