Enjoy the beach without the muss and fuss

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Jennifer Manfrin

Camp chairs will elevate you off the ground and away from sand, plus they're usually easier to carry and have cup holders.

Enjoy the beach without the muss and fuss

Sun, sand, and surf ... what's not to love about the beach? Just thinking about a glorious day beside the water is enough to make you want to plan your next beach outing.

Whether you prefer to relax with a book, hunt for shells, or play in or around the water, there are a few must-haves that will make your visit to the shore even sweeter. Make sure you have these important provisions before you head to the beach.

Your beach gear

As you gather up supplies for fun, don't forget your skin. A quality sunscreen with broad spectrum protection is best - and if you'll be swimming or sweating a lot, make sure it's the water-resistant kind. Take along some refreshments, too. Hydration is ultra-important when you're spending all day in the sun, and a soft-sided cooler is the perfect way to keep your favorite cold beverages by your side; the material isn't too heavy to carry, but the insulation will keep your drinks chilled.

And what would a day at the beach be without a thirsty towel to dry off in between dips in the waves? For the ultimate in luxury (and as little mess as possible), don't forget to toss a sand-resistant towel in your bag for each beach-goer.

How to carry it

Once you've got your gear, you'll need a convenient way to organize and carry it. You may appreciate a transparent beach tote for the convenience it delivers; you'll be able to see everything - even that elusive stick of SPF lip balm - without having to fish through the bag. Or, you might prefer something a little more chic, like a royalty-worthy beach bag from a top designer. Whatever your style, you'll definitely appreciate the ability to stash your beach belongings and carry them easily.

If a beach bag isn't big enough for your party, you could also bring along a beach cart. Suitable for sandy terrain and even camping, a beach cart is a wagon-like device that holds all your gear for you. And it just might save your biceps and quads for more important beach work, like beach volleyball.

Play and relax

Speaking of beach volleyball, perhaps it's time to try something a little new. An exhilarating game of spikeball or KanJam would certainly liven up your day. If sports aren't your thing, you might consider busting out a metal detector and hunting for coins, jewels, and other hidden treasures on the shore. Who knows what you'll find?

When you've tired yourself out and it's time relax, pop open a cozy beach chair and chill out in the shade of your beach umbrella or tent. Savor the sun, enjoy the company of your companions, or simply revel in the sound of the waves. If you come prepared, your day at the beach should go off without a hitch, and - weather permitting - it'll be nothing but blue skies and smooth sailing.

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