View Of The Sea From Beach Inside Tent

BEACH CAMPING TIPS: HOW TO DEAL WITH NATURAL ELEMENTS

Beach camping has a lot of perks that you don’t get when camping in the woods. I simply love it at all times of the year. You get a great view of the ocean, and you can jump into the water as soon as you wake up. At night, the gentle waves can lull you to sleep. With that said, you need to consider some added elements — namely the sun, sand, wind, water and fire. If you’re not adequately prepared, camping on the beach will be a struggle. Here are some of my tips that will help you deal with the natural elements.

SAND/EARTH

A campfire is essential to the camping experience. However, when beach camping, you need to check if you’re permitted to set up a campfire. If you’re not allowed to build a fire, you’ll need to bring additional gear such as a camping stove to cook food.

If there are no restrictions, you have to choose your location wisely. Building a fire on the beach can be tricky, especially if it’s windy. The campfire should also be some distance away from any dry vegetation. It can be dangerous if embers fly into dry grasses and start a wildfire. When leaving the campsite, you should also know the proper way of extinguishing your campfire. It’s not enough just to cover it with sand as the fire under the surface could reignite.

FIRE

You will probably want to have a campfire when camping on the beach. However, when beach camping, you need to check if you’re permitted to set up a campfire. If you’re not allowed to build a fire, you’ll need to bring additional gear such as a camping stove to cook food.

If there are no restrictions, you have to choose your location wisely. Building a fire on the beach can be tricky, especially if it’s windy. The campfire should also be some distance away from any dry vegetation. It can be dangerous if embers fly into dry grasses and start a wildfire. When leaving the campsite, you should also know the proper way of extinguishing your campfire. It’s not enough just to cover it with sand as the fire under the surface could reignite.

SUN

Beach camping means prolonged exposure to the sun. As you’re near the water, you also have to deal with sunlight that’s reflected off the water. As such, there is a higher chance of getting sunburnt. This can be painful enough to ruin your camping trip. As a precaution, regularly put on sunscreen and wear wide-brimmed hats.

Don’t set up a shelter in the middle of the beach as you’ll be more vulnerable to the harmful rays of the sun. Instead, choose an area that is near the shade if it is available. The soil will be firmer in this area and you will also be able to enjoy the sea breeze. You can also set up a separate area for sitting. Just remember to have a sunshade or a beach umbrella for protection.

WIND

As you’re on the beach, it’s inevitable that the wind will blow sand everywhere. It’ll be practical to bring a brush and dustpan, so you can keep your area clean. Also, it’s a good idea to have sand stakes to ensure that your tent is stable. All lightweight objects should also be secured so that they won’t fly everywhere.

WATER

It’ll be your responsibility to track the tides during your camping trip. You have to familiarise yourself with the tide patterns ahead of time and make adjustments if necessary. Though it may be fun to stay as close to the water as possible, you have to be aware of the high tide. You wouldn’t want all your belongings to be washed away once the water and waves come in. At night, all camping equipment must be properly stored in case there are unexpected rain showers. Your camping trip won’t be much fun if all your possessions are drenched.

Beach camping puts you in direct contact with nature’s elements. The sun, sand, wind, water and fire all have the potential to affect the quality of your beach camping trip. As long as you use your common sense and pay a little extra attention to the points I have mentioned, you should have a great time. I’m excited just thinking about it.

 


 

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Jake Taylor
jake.taylor@dinga.com.au

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.