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7 ways to make a beach camping trip successful

  • Apr 18, 2016

Instead of fighting crowds at a campsite in the woods, setting up a tent and spending the night at the beach is a wonderful way to get close to nature. Enjoy a campfire in the sand, fall asleep to the relaxing sounds of churning surf and wake up to a majestic sunrise.

Camping on the beach is a fantastic experience, but it does require a certain set of skills and protocols. Be sure to follow these tips to ensure your trip is a successful one:

1. Keep an eye on the tides.
Among the most obvious threats that could ruin your beach camping trip, Nemo Equipment stated that ignoring high tide is a big time mistake. Some beaches can see tremendous change in how far up the sand the water reaches, and this fluctuates throughout the month. Check with a local guide or newspaper and be sure to set up camp far away from the water.

2. Insulate your tent.
Another issue that some beach goers may overlook is just how cold the sand beneath your tent can be. For this reason, bringing a padded mat to place beneath your sleeping bag is crucial. Even if it is hot during the day, night time temperatures can get mighty chilly and will only be exacerbated by the sand.

3. Monitor the weather.
Another important step when camping on the beach is to keep an eye out for inclement weather. Not only can high wind blow sand and possibly uproot your tent, but choppy oceans can be unsafe to swim in. A particularly strong storm can also raise tides, inundating your campsite with water. By using your Pro Trek watch barometer, you can keep an eye on changing conditions and anticipate bad weather before it becomes a problem.

4. Check for local restrictions.
Like a traditional campsite, there may be particular rules or caveats for where you can set up your tent and settle down for the night. Some of the most popular beaches may be protected under environmental laws, and require a permit or special permission. By planning ahead, you can avoid a visit from law enforcement or even a fine.

5. Look out for the sun.
Unlike hiking through the woods, where the canopy above protects from harmful UV radiation, spending long periods of time on the beach comes with the risk of sun exposure. Without taking the right precautions, such as wearing sunscreen and wearing a hat, you can inadvertently suffer from a burn, heat exhaustion or even melanoma.

6. Bring plenty of water.
Too much fun in the sun can leave you exhausted, while high temperatures can cause you to become dehydrated more quickly than usual. Be sure to pack plenty of water in your car or a cooler to minimize any problems related to a lack of H20.

7. Prepare for some serious fun!
As Live Outdoors pointed out, despite the precautions associated with beach camping, it is also a very special and rewarding activity. Be sure to pack the usual items you might want for a trip to the shore, such as a volleyball, shovel and pail or just a relaxing lounge chair. Other folks may enjoy kayaking or boating if conditions allow. 

Some spots may be great for snorkeling, bird watching or fishing. Do some research ahead of time to learn more about the plants and animals that may call the beach in your area home. Explore tidal pools to see crabs and anemones or grab some goggles and explore the open water to see all sorts of fish and other creatures. 

With a plan to camp near the water, you'll need a dependable, waterproof watch, capable of alerting you to any sudden changes in the forecast. The Pro Trek PRWS6000Y-1 is not only 100M water resistant, but features built-in altimeter and barometer to measure changes in atmospheric pressure when inclement weather is near.