Beach days offer a chance to detox from the busyness of life. It’s a chance to go slow, lounge about and enjoy some fresh air and water. While the time in the sand supplies ample cheer, like any vacation, poor preparation could lead to early departures or increased frustrations.

Because of the beach’s warmer climate and unexpected weather, planning and coming stocked with the right supplies is critical. Whether you’re headed out for some time alone or with a large group, consider bringing along the following items.

1. Stock Up on Beverages

People should consume about half of their body weight in water during the day to maintain proper hydration. You’ve probably heard the recommendation to drink about six to eight-ounce glasses. This amount tends to satisfy the average person. However, the sun’s rays and heat draw out additional moisture, requiring you to hydrate even more.

Avoid feeling parched when your body seeks water. Bring a cooler along with cold non-alcoholic and non-caffeinated beverages. Bring along an electrolyte supplement to help quench your thirst”

2. Bring the Beach Furniture

If you’re headed for a brief walk, the chairs and tent aren’t necessary. However, if you plan to spend most of the day at the ocean, pack up the umbrellas, tables and chairs. You may not want to tote them down there, but the cool shade they provide is worth it.

The first hour or so at the shore may not feel hot; however, as the sun moves directly overhead, the heat and the sun’s glare build. This time of day puts you and others at high risk of sun exposure. Little ones particularly become vulnerable, feeling overwhelmed. A cool spot is welcome for a bit. Kids can eat a snack and cool down; you can have a chair inside to read without the sun pouring down on you.

3. Carry a First Aid Kit

You don’t have to hover around everyone to protect them from falls, but you should be aware of common and frequent medical issues. Sunburns often happen even when people use sunscreen. Bring aloe vera lotion and creams to soothe discomfort. If you’re out at night, the bugs may join you! Pack that bug spray and calamine lotion. Witch hazel works too.

Finally, you could step on a rock, trip over something or get a cut from a shell. A basic first aid kit has the supplies you need to clean out the sand and cover up the wound to reduce the chance of contamination.

4. Research Your Location

Beaches sound great unit you pull up and realize the area doesn’t have a restroom or lifeguards. You might struggle to find a parking spot, wasting precious time driving around. Know your location well, understanding its strengths and limitations.

Is the water going to work well for your activities? Boogie boarding and swimming aren’t as comfortable or safe in rocky areas. Go online and learn about amenities, parking and tidal patterns. In addition, ask friends about their experiences. They can tell you what to bring in addition to your traditional supplies to make up for any struggles. They can help you find bathrooms, restaurants and activities.

5. Pack a Change of Clothes

The bathing suit may feel great when you get there, but you may not love it on the drive home. Your suit is wet and cold. Your skin is sticky with salt and sand. Get out of it and into an older outfit before entering the car. Pack a bag with toiletry items like deodorant, a hairbrush and dry shampoo. Bring plastic bags for your wet suit, and stash them away for home.

A day at the beach is extraordinary. You can relish in the beauty of nature, enjoy some quiet downtime and remove yourself from the fast-paced world. Take time to plan, bringing plenty of beverages, a change of clothes and furniture. Get your setup going and sit back and relax. Be prepared for a fun-filled day, and avoid packing up early.