HOW TO MANAGE THE SAND WHEN BEACH CAMPING
Beach camping holds a mystical place in most camper’s hearts. The white sand and golden sunsets make for postcard worthy views and some of the best night’s sleep I have ever had has been drifting off to the sound of the waves breaking. But there is one drawback.
The sand has the ability to ruin it. Not only can it destroy your camping equipment and any electronics you have with you, but it seems to get into all your clothes and drive you insane. Unless it is managed properly it can make your camping trip positively miserable. There are some ways to manage sand when camping near the sea.
Set up your cooking area as far away as possible from where people are walking, and put a strict no running rule around the camp site. Everything you cook with needs a lid to keep the sand from getting in. Even the utensils you are using need to be rested on a plate, and preferably covered, especially when they’re wet.
The best tents for camping on sand have a small vestibule area, apart from the sleeping compartment. This will give you an extra line of defence from the sand. If it gets in the vestibule, it’s not ideal, but at least your sleeping bag won’t feel like you’re sleeping in a chicken Kiev.
If you don’t have a tent with a vestibule, I usually bring an extra groundsheet and a rug and put it down on the area outside the tent flap. This can easily be shaken out, and provides a buffer between your sleeping quarter and the sand outside.
When you set up your campsite, make sure your tent opening is pointing downwind. This will prevent the wind from carrying any sand into your tent as you’re getting in and out.
No shoes in the tent. Not ever. Not under any circumstance. Take them off with your feet pointed outside the tent and your body inside. Similarly, if you have sand on your knees or bottom, dust them down a few feet away from the tent.
Put a small table or chair in the vestibule area so you can put things like electricals somewhere elevated where the sand will hopefully be unable to reach. You will also need to bring a small brush to brush out the tent and vestibule every day.
EXTRA ITEMS TO BRING
When camping near the sea you can never have too many clothes lines. Hang everything up, whether it is wet or not, it doesn’t matter. It may make your campsite look like a Moroccan souk, but it will keep your clothes off the sand and should let the wind blow most of the sand out in the process.
Talcum powder is a useful tool when camping in sandy areas. If you have moist sand stuck to you, you can douse the area with talcum powder and then simply brush it off. This is useful if it’s hot and you have sand stuck to your sweaty body and can’t shift it. The talcum powder will dry your skin off in even the hottest weather.
Bring replacement sliders for the tent zips. Even the best tent zips malfunction when faced with a constant barrage of sand. Make sure you have a backup to save the trip.
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