What to Pack for a Beach Day

The beach is one of the most relaxing, simple, and fulfilling places to unwind and catch up on your vitamin D intake. If you’re packing up for an afternoon in the sun near your Forest Properties apartment in Florida, here’s a complete list of what to pack for a day at the shore. Check out the below beach-inspired categories to ensure you don’t forget anything!

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Beach Essentials

If you’re headed to the beach for the day, there are some must-have items you simply can’t leave behind. If beach towels and colorful umbrellas come to mind, you’re on the right track! Here are some beach essentials to bring along for your day on the Gulf:

  • Fluffy beach towels
  • Umbrella or a shade tent 
  • Beach chairs
  • Waterproof speaker
  • Portable charger for your iPod or phone
  • Garbage bags

Good to Know: Residents of Audubon Cove Apartments in Ft. Myers can store their beach chairs, umbrellas, and other larger items on their private balconies. Don’t have your own set of beach chairs? No worries! Check out beach chair and umbrella rentals from All Island Watersports.

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children playing with buckets on the sandy beach.

Beach Games and Sand Toys

While some residents of Ranch Lake Apartments visit the beach with a good book in hand, others may bring along a variety of games to keep themselves entertained. Here are some beach games and toys for your friends and family to enjoy:

  • Spike ball or corn hole set
  • Frisbee, volleyball, and football
  • Sand toys, shovel, and bucket 
  • Fins and snorkel gear
  • A boogie board
  • Floaties, rafts, tunes, etc.
  • A kite 

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Refresh and Rehydrate

It’s very important to stay hydrated and fueled when spending time at the beach. Between playing in the sand, signing up for a local ocean excursion, or swimming in the waves, keep your energy levels up while you’re in the sun by packing the following items:

  • Water and reusable bottles (get a set of 4 Ozark Trail tumblers for $35)
  • Dry snacks, such as chips, granola bars, nuts, etc.
  • Protein-packed lunch items, such as chicken salad, sandwiches, etc.
  • Fresh fruit (and reusable utensils if needed)
  • A cooler stocked with ice 

Good to Know: Always be sure to clean up your mess before leaving the beach – walk out what you walk in with. This includes water bottles, Ziploc bags, and other single-use items. Look for recycle bins and be respectful of ocean life!

Must-Have Personal Items

There’s nothing worse than being settled at the beach and realizing you’ve forgotten your favorite Chapstick or swimsuit cover-up. Here are a few personal items to pack in your beach bag before you leave your Forest Pointe Apartment and head to the beach:

  • Lip balm with SPF
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses and sun hat
  • Swimsuit cover up
  • Water shoes
  • A book or kindle
  • Hair brush and hair ties
  • First aid kit with aloe
  • Extra Ziploc bags to store your cell phone and keys
  • Baby powder (to help remove sand)
  • Spare change for parking meters
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Beach Alternatives Closer to Home

If you can’t make it to the beach, you can bring the beach to you… kind of! Every Forest Properties apartment building in Florida has beautifully maintained, tropical swimming pools for residents to enjoy. The outdoor pools at Lake Lucerne Towers, Magnolia Estates, and The Lexington are great for cooling off, entertaining guests, and catching some rays. While you may not need all of the above beach items, you’ll be close to home and avoid dealing with sticky sand!

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