When heading to the beach I try to minimize what I carry in order to walk lighter and to soak up more. Here is a little sneaky peeky of what I carry…
I recently bought one at a thrift shop for $2. It is attractive. It can easily dry out because the fibers can breath.
*AND it can zip!*
It doubles as our bathroom bag when we are traveling to our destinations and then transforms into our beach bag when we unpack.
One water bottle
I bought it at a rummage sale for $1.
It is glass, not plastic. We are cool with sharing and it fits perfectly into my purse/bathroom bag/beach bag.
This is a new one for me. We both tan easily so I never wore it. Lately I am becoming aware of the sun’s after effects and broke down and started using it.
I have had this bottle for over 7 years. When it runs out we will be making our own to avoid the trash. I already have a few recipes I want to try out.
I can order pizza from the beach and photography the craziness we get into.
But when it really comes down to it, the only thing I need to bring to the beach is a shovel.
*A Big Kid Shovel*
Hours of fun have been sparked by just this one item.
It is a magnet to fun.
Just dig a hole at the water’s edge and let the little ones play in the pools of water that form after a wave.
Or dig a hole further up the beach and build sides. Older kids will be completely consumed by adding details to their very own life-size castle.
Best part, it never fails, Cubby and I will get to work building and creating and within minutes we have a crew of little ones and sometimes not so little ones, asking if they can join in on the fun.
One time a counted a dozen little beach friends!
Beach friends are best.
I do not bring a chair or music. I simply can not sit still long enough to warrant a chair and I want to hear the waves fully and completely. I leave my towel in the car and I do not own a cooler.
I sometimes find the idea of sitting on the beach, listening to music and drinking something sweet and cold to be attractive, but right now it only happens in my head.
In our season of life this works.
It fits our personalities.
I am sure as Cubby grows our list of things we bring, and do not bring, will change.
Nothing ever stays the same.
Nothing is suppose too.
We just need to ride the wave we are on now and be ready to take up the next one in its time.
…and who knows, maybe someday I will own a cooler.
Cheers to sunshine.
Cheers to simplifying our stuff to amplify our fun.
Cheers to creating every chance we get.