Road trips in the sun, nothing beats them. The sun is out, the sky is blue and the beach beckons. You get up early and round up the family, but what items should you sling in the boot? We've listed the top 10 things on our list for any trip to the coast.
Road Trip Item 1 - Water
Dehydration is a serious issue. So never mind chilled beers and lemonade, what you really need is good old-fashioned water and lots of it. A couple of litres per adult wouldn't be unreasonable especially in the heat of the midday sun.
Road Trip Item 2 - Sunscreen
Whatever part of your skin is exposed should be protected with a high factor sunscreen. There's nothing worse than sunstroke, or discovering that you're overcooked when you get home. For children it's absolutely essential.
Road Trip Item 2 - Umbrella or Tent
An umbrella is a simple way of keeping the rays at bay and also protecting you from any wind. We would also recommend you dig out that tent you never use or the classic wind sheeter you spend hours banging into the sand. Hopefully, it's one of those simple ones, which spring into action. In our experience they are great for protection, serving food and having a safe nap.
Road Trip Item 3 - Hats
On the same theme as umbrellas, a hat is an umbrella you don’t have to hold.
Road Trip Item 4 - Change of clothes
As you should realise by now, sand gets everywhere. One way to guard against some of this would be to have a change of everything. Right down to your undies.
If you don’t get sandy, because you're on a pebble beach you're bound to get wet and your clothes will become salty. Flip-flops or old trainers are great for your feet. Or you can get special beach shoes for the little ones that protect from sharp stones and things in the sand.
Road Trip Item 5 - Fun & Games
Come on, you're at the beach. Balls, bats, Frisbees, all your favourites. Don't forget the trusty bucket and spade, no doubt one child is going to want to dig to the other side of the world.
Road Trip Item 6 - First Aid Kit
Best to be prepared and most cars will have an unopened one in the boot. Make sure it's in date though before you use it.
Road Trip Item 7 - Food
You don’t want to pay seaside prices. Save you money for ice creams and stick all your favourites in a great big cooler box.
Road Trip Item 8 - Hand sanitizer
You’ll need this as hand washing facilities are rare at the beach, but you can also use some of that water you have with you if that's easier.
Road Trip Item 9 - Watertight Boxes
Yes you can put your sarnies in these, but also mobile phones. Just imagine the fallout if a teenager got their iPhone damp?
Road Trip Item 10 - The Kids
You may want to leave them at home, but a day at the beach wouldn't be the same without someone screaming about a dropped ice cream or trying to dig their way to Australia. Bundle them in the car and keep them entertained with the classic 'I Spy' or our favourite how many red cars can you see?
...of course there are towels, sunglasses, dogs and a million other things you can take, but this is a start.