By Eleanor G.
Bring a cooler with beverages and food so that you don't have buy them at a snack bar. If you aren't sure that water is available at the beach make sure to bring plenty of your own. You don't want to get dehydrated.
Bring a lightweight blanket that will be easy to shake off, rollup and carry. An old sheet can work well for this.
If you want a good parking place, get there as early as possible. You also will have first choice of where to lay down your blanket.
Bring your own sunscreen, lip balm (with sun protection), sunglasses and a hat. There is nothing worse that coming home with a horrible sunburn and sunscreen is usually quite expensive at the beach. Buy a sunscreen that provides at least 15 SPF protection. Don't forget to put sunscreen on your ears and feet! Bring a long sleeved shirt to put on if you feel yourself starting to burn.
Put your camera in a ziplock freezer bag to prevent sand from getting into the works or scratching your lense. This can be a good idea even if you have a camera bag and lens cap, sand has a way of getting everywhere.
Bring toys that will float. You will be less likely to lose them in the water.
Bring a little first aid kit with bandaids, anti-bacterial cream, a sewing needle and tweezers for slivers. Bring some meat tenderizer to apply to bee stings or mosquito bites.
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