How to Go to the Beach

beachgoerI consider myself a professional beach-goer, and I take "beaching" very seriously. So today, in no particular order, I am going to suggest a few things you should consider bringing with you the next time you find yourself at the shore (as well as show you some pretty pictures I took the last time I was at my local beach.

  • An umbrella.  "But Emily, I don't need an umbrella because I want to get sun."  Trust me, 20 minutes in the strong summer sun and I'm like get me some shade STAT.  I love the warmth of the sun, but sometimes it's very overwhelming.  I don't want to be uncomfortable at the beach.  It's supposed to be relaxing.
  • A chair.  "Oh come on, Emily.  I don't need a chair.  How old am I, FIFTY?"  Yes, you need a chair.  Even though it's sand, it's still the hard ground and eventually, everything will hurt.  Bring a chair, preferably one that has a cup holder on the side.  I recommend the Tommy Bahama chairs available at your local Costco for $30.


  • Lots of water.  You'll want to stay hydrated because it's not sexy to have EMTs take you away on a golf cart.  We bring a whole water jug filled with lemon water and ice and it usually lasts the whole day.
  • Sunscreen.  Not that oily SPF 1 shit.  Bring SPF 30+.  You'll still get the color you want, I promise you.  Thank me later when you don't have melanoma and you don't look like Tan Mom.



  • Food. If your beach has a concession, chances are the only food they offer will make McDonald's look like a 5 star restaurant (except the french fries...the concession french fries kick ass).  Take some time in the morning or the night before to pack a few snacks and make some quick sandwiches.
  • Bug spray You never know when those annoying green flies will be out to make your life miserable.
  • A towel.  Duh.  Maybe 2.

It's a lot of extra, bulky stuff but it'll make your trip to the beach much more comfortable.  And now for the pretty pictures.

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If you follow me on Instagram, you probably saw this picture:

If you live near water, what do you bring to the beach?  Did I forget anything?