I don’t know about y’all but when I’m in the sun I Burn. Peel. Freckle. Rinse and Repeat. I could totally be a sun goddess if I wasn’t this porcelain white, Irish descent, natural red highlights freckly girl. 😀 We’re taking a beach vacation this summer and I will most definitely be using a beach shelter to keep cool and have protection from the sun.
I teamed up with Pacific Breeze to try out some of their beach gear on our trip and I can’t wait!!!
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There are several beach essentials that I have on my list. See more.
Some of the things I’ve collected are:
- Pacific Breeze Sand & Surf Beach Shelter
- Pacific Breeze Lounger – 2 Pack
- Sunscreen – several bottles, lotions and sprays for myself and the kids
- Lip balm with SPF
- Sunglasses – with UVA/UVB protection for everyone
- Portable battery fan
- Cooler – will be packed with drinks and snacks
- Wagon for toting all our supplies
- Beach towels and blankets
- Flip flops/Sandals
- Swimsuit – for adults and the kids
- Swimsuit cover ups – for myself and the kids
- Baby powder – I was told this helps remove sand and avoid chafing
- Large beach bag it carry it all in
Sure, I plan on getting in the water and enjoying the sun. But that doesn’t mean I won’t take necessary precautions to not sunburn while doing so. 3 of our 4 kids are like me and sunburn easily. The 4th is just like her daddy and grandmother – Cherokee descent. You can just say the word sunshine and they get a nice, golden tan. Seriously, my mother in law can spend ONE DAY in the sun and her tan is sick! Makes me sick because I want one too!
I’ll be posting about some of the items on my list, like the Pacific Breeze Sand & Surf Beach Shelter and 2 pack Beach Loungers. I’ve already set them up in the yard. I always like to give things a trial run and see how easy they are to use before taking them on a trip. Nobody wants to get to their destination only to realize they aren’t prepared to set things up. Especially a new place with gear you’ve never used before. And when it comes to any type of tent product, you always need to set it up a couple times to get the hang of it. If tents aren’t really your style, but you still want to hide from the sun, going for the best cantilever umbrella might be the best option for you.
Surprisingly, this beach shelter is extremely easy to set up! You just unfold it, lock the legs, pull the center rope to raise it and lock it into place – like an umbrella. Then you fill the corner pockets with sand on the beach or tie the guy-lines to stakes on grass and you’re ready to relax.TIP: Use gallon sized zip top food storage bags to hold the sand for the pockets. Makes cleanup a breeze!
There is an extra “shadow” panel that can be attached on any of the three remaining sides to provide shade as the sun moves. So you don’t have to worry about picking the cabana up and moving it around. That one panel is all you need to move and it easy to secure with loops made on the shelter.
It has a floor that can be unzipped and rolled up. We’ll probably roll it up on the beach but use the floor when camping or outdoor activities like picnics. It also has pockets inside for lightweight items like sunglasses, sunscreen, etc.
A beach tent isn’t very tall so you may need to duck when entering. But they aren’t meant for standing and walking around in. They’re for sitting and lounging. The 2-pack of loungers is perfect for inside this beach shelter! They’re also perfect for sitting out in the sun tanning.
These loungers fold flat and can be carried like a back-pack or by a handle on the top. Then they simply unfold. The back is adjustable so you can sit up as much as you like or lie back some. They sit on the ground so if you have bad knees you may need some help getting up but they are super comfortable. When I tried one out I could picture sitting on the beach, fruity beverage in hand watching the kids play in the sand.
I’m so ready for this beach vacation to get here! I can’t wait to use our cabana! I’ll show you pictures of our beach shelter and loungers set up on the beach after our trip. In the meantime, I do recommend them based on our trial run. They set up, take down and transport so easily.
Can you all do me a favor? I’ve never been to the beach so I’m not 100% sure my list is complete. We’ll be taking shorts, tanks and tee’s and maybe a sun dress for eating out. But aside from that and the items on my list, what else do I need to a summer trip to the beach?
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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