It’s that time of year again. The school holidays are moments away. The weather is… toying with us, if we’re totally honest! And we’re all contemplating at least a little time off work. And that can mean only one thing: it’s beach season!
But what do you need to elevate your next seaside trip into something really special?
No matter how much of a sun worshipper you are, it’s always a good idea to take some kind of sunshade to the beach. It can provide respite from the heat when needed – for you or the kids. It can protect food against the worst of the heat. And it can help to provide privacy when outfit changes are called for. While umbrellas are great, they can be unwieldy and take up a lot of space. So, a beach tent may be worth considering.
The worst thing about beach trips for adults is the lack of comfortable seating. You either bruise your ankles lugging unsuitable folding chairs. Or you ungainly sprawl on a towel in the sand. There is no other option… unless you grab a couple of outdoor bean bags. Now, outdoor bean bags come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and your choice will depend upon the size of your car. If you have the space, a 2-in-1 folding sun lounger covers all eventualities, even doubling up as a bench for the whole family, if needed. But the XXL giant outdoor bean bag is another great option. It can be shaped for sitting or lying. And in the car, it can be squooshed around your other gear, taking up minimal space. Outdoor cushions can also be a good option for kids.
Towels, towels, and more towels! Towels don’t last long at the beach. If they’re not dripping wet, they’re covered in sand. Usually both. Bringing extra towels on top of your ‘spare’ towels will honestly make any beach trip a whole lot better.
A kind of heavy duty alternative to a picnic blanket, outdoor rugs are a fantastic choice for beach trips for a number of reasons. Partly, they’re heavier, so they’re not easily blown away. The weave is strong, so sand doesn’t tend to creep through. Which is a major benefit if you’re planning a picnic. They are hardwearing, so the sand or pebbles aren’t going to damage them. And they’re water resistant. So, if anyone flops down on your rug after a splash in the sea, you just need to shake it or wipe it off, rather than being left with a soggy surface for the rest of the day.
Even if you’re not carrying anything with the potential to cause food poisoning, a cool box should always be a seaside essential. If for no other reason than that hydration is really important in hot weather… And warm drinks are really yuck!
A trip to the seaside can be one of the cheapest, easiest, and most enjoyable ways to spend a summer day. Especially if you have young children. But just a little bit of preparation can make a big bit of difference. Helping to make sure that the day is as pleasurable for the grownups as it is for the kids.
Check out the full range of Big Bertha outdoor bean bags before your next seaside adventure.