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Tips for beach camping

  • Jun 27, 2014

What's the difference between camping in the woods and pitching a tent on the beach? If you're a fan of both, your gut reaction might be to assume nothing at all, but a true outdoorsman realizes that there are different ways to handle these locations.

Will you need different kinds of tent poles for the sand? What about the threat of high tide? For the answers to these questions and more, read on for a few tips about beach camping that you may not have considered:

Bring the right gear

According to Live Outdoors, beach camping comes with its own unexpected challenges. For example, the ebb and flow of the water, regardless of whether you're near an ocean or a river, should factor into your decision. Securing a traditional tent with a canvas and poles may not be possible, depending on the consistency of the sand and how close you are to solid earth, so you may have to improvise with your shelter. As bodies of water tend to produce breezes, especially at night, you'll want to make sure you're well-prepared with warm clothes, blankets and, if the area permits, materials for a bonfire.

Take advantage of it

Gear aside, don't forget where you are. Waking up and going for a long swim, for instance, is an excellent benefit of the experience. The source suggested paying attention to the tide while you're there, too, as it could play a role in how often you can hop into a canoe and explore the coastline. Make sure that you're exercising safety while taking advantage of the water, as well - if you decide to go for a swim, make sure you can see shore at all times and when you're exploring the area, bring a watch compass with you so you can find your back to camp.

When planning on being near the water the PRW2500T-7 is one of the best options. This Pro Trek water resistant watch shows tide and moon graph so you know when high tide is coming. This will help you know where you can set up your tent. Also, its 200m water resistant so if you decide to go for a swim you don't have to worry about ruining your watch. Plus having a compass on you never hurts.

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