If you are on a UK Caravan Holiday this summer, use these 10 items as an essential checklist when packing for days spent on the beach.
Every holiday requires basic supplies: ample clothing, essential medication and general toiletries. However, beach days need specialised equipment and unique accessories to ensure that everyone enjoys a safe, fun time. Luckily caravan owners store most of these things in their caravans.
1. Sun block cream
This is one of the most important items for the beach. While SPF 15 sunblock is adequate for normal wear, sand and water reflect and intensify sunlight, and there is little shade on the beach. SPF 30 protection or higher is recommended, and a waterproof variety of sun block is the best choice. Lip balm with sun block protection is also a wise precaution. Be sure to pack enough sun block for frequent reapplications, even if it is waterproof.
2. Protective Clothing
Sun block alone is not adequate protection from long sun exposure, especially in southern climates where the burn risk is higher. A wide-brimmed hat protects the face and the back of the neck (a baseball cap will not), and a light swimsuit cover can help prevent overexposure. An oversized t-shirt is a good choice, or a variety of different styles of swimwear can be purchased easily at any UK Caravan Holiday resorts. Sunglasses with ultraviolet coatings are also necessary.
At least two swimsuits should be packed per person so that one is always dry. Different suit styles are useful for different activities: sunbathing versus surfing, for instance, and different designs help minimise tan lines. Ample swim diapers should be packed for young children.
Old, sturdy trainers or aqua shoes are necessary gear for the beach. Especially in ocean or lake settings, sharp underwater objects may be unnoticed until an injury occurs and sturdy footwear prevents any mishaps. Multiple pairs can be packed to allow each one to dry thoroughly before reuse, since wet footwear may cause blisters.
5. Beach Umbrella
An oversized beach umbrella creates an oasis of shade and shelter from the wind on an open beach. It also serves as a landmark for wandering friends and family.
6. Beach Towels
Towels provide a soft surface for sunbathing, eating, or sitting as well as a colourful beacon for wayward family members. They should be large enough for everyone to use, or numerous towels can be packed so children need not share. A large sheet is a perfect choice for beach use because sand sticks less to cotton than to most towels. If you are on a UK caravan holiday and renting a static caravan, make sure you take your own towels to the beach.
7. Cool Box
A small cool box is a necessity for carrying drinks and snacks, and it keeps food cool to prevent spoiling. It also keeps bugs, seagulls and other animals away. Reusable ice packs ensure everything stays dry, or bags of ice can provide additional drinking water as it melts.
Constant exposure to the sun and frequent activity rapidly depletes the body’s water reserves. Plenty of bottled water, sports drinks and fruit juice will keep everyone hydrated and prevent sunstroke, heat frustration and irritability. Avoid too many fizzy drinks or alcohol, since these beverages can create rather than quench thirst. Juicy snacks such as apples and grapes provide more moisture and are healthy treats as well.
9. Sandcastle Tools
No UK caravan holiday on the beach would be complete without a sandcastle construction project. Buckets, cups, spoons, dull knives, small shovels and other moulding and sculpting tools will help create a masterpiece. A family flag is another detail to add fun and spirit to the occasion.
10. Floating Toys
Beach balls, inner tubes and inflatable mats are all delightful water toys. Sinking toys, such as diving batons, are not recommended for ocean or lake beaches since the currents could easily carry them into dangerous areas.
Each of these items is essential for a worry-free, relaxing UK caravan holiday on the beach. Whether you will be sunbathing or strolling along the North Wales coastline, or simply enjoying a leisurely getaway on a local stretch of sand, these necessities ensure everyone’s safety, health, and enjoyment. Grab the sun block cream, strap on some fins, fill the water bottle and let’s hit the beach!
If you are having a break at Golden Gate Holiday Centre this year we hope you have a fantastic time!