If the pandemic has taught us anything, it’s to appreciate what’s on our doorstep.
Reland has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world: miles of golden, secluded sands and tranquil coves anchored by rugged cliffs or rolling green fields, if you don’t mind the occasional drizzle.
Of course, many of us were living the staycation life long before the pandemic made it a trend.
I have fond memories of us cruising seaward in our Triumph Acclaim, with cling film sandwiches and the promise of a 99 on the beach on arrival as long as we didn’t argue; of long, hot days spent in the water for hours and afternoons spent sheltered behind rocks in wet towels while the rain pelted us sideways; sliding off vinegar chips and fish in rock pools, down sand dunes, and picking periwinkles… Bliss, and we hadn’t put up with the airport tow or baggage fees.
But die-hard staycationers will also know that when it comes to Irish summers, your beach bag could hold a woolen sweater, anorak and a tent. As much as we crave a light, breezy beach trip, a seaside trip can be quite a production when a cluttered bag spills with everything from picnic essentials to wetsuits.
Many of us are seasoned packers at this point and know that lounging on a sandy beach is made even more heavenly when you’re lying on a soft towel or chair, or when you’re fishing lukewarm drinks from a state-of-the-art cooler rather than the bottom of a bag.
Here’s how to streamline the packing list with some chic beach essentials that will make your day in the sun even easier.
Sand-free beach towels? What will they think of next? Before you roll your eyes, think of that moment when you have to return to a sand-crusted towel after a swim and have to walk halfway down the beach to violently shake it off.
Most sand-free towels are made of microfiber with an ingenious two-layer design that allows sand to fall right through, such as For example, Wild Atlantic Surfboard Company’s quick-drying towel, designed by Irish surfers, or M&S’s sand-resistant beach towel range.
If you don’t want to settle down on the sand, there are plenty of chairs and portable loungers (Mountain Warehouse, Woo Design, Oliver Bonas). I like H&M’s portable beach mattress, which rolls up neatly for easy carrying.
The days of warm, windswept sandwiches are over with the latest food coolers. YETI’s range of portable coolers are fast becoming favorites, but if you’re looking for something lighter on the wallet, Decathlon has a heavy-duty 35 liter inflatable cooler that promises to keep your items fresh for 17 hours without an ice pack.
Most picnic blankets have a waterproof backing (Halfords, M&S, Tiger, Outdoor Adventure Store), but some have the dual benefit of being sandproof, such as
Beach bags have also come a long way since the bucket totes of the 1980s. Woven straw bags are beach staples along with canvas bags, oversized waterproof carryalls and even those with clever cooler compartments (Revolve, Anthropologie, Surfdome, Penneys, H&M, ASOS, Dunnes Stores).
When the kids are tired of burying each other in the sand, you might want to conjure up a beach game, such as B. Zara’s stylish paddle racket set, which is lightweight and easy to pack in a bag. And last but not least, a practical wine cooler (Butlers Home, The White Company) for a cool sundowner.
https://www.independent.ie/life/home-garden/how-to-pack-like-a-pro-for-a-day-at-the-beach-40597932.html How to pack like a pro for a day at the beach