No baggage at the beach!
W i t h G o r e
I have no other happier place than the beach. Warm sand, salty air and an ocean breeze and I’m in heaven. In year’s past I have been able to count on one hand, or even like last year, just two sad fingers, the number of trips we have made to the beach. This is sad, very sad, because we literally live no more than 35 minutes in any direction from water and sand. Why, oh why, had I been depriving myself?! I realized I had no good reason and this season we’ve been going every opportunity we get!
Bring on the Vitamin D! I think it helps a little that the kids are big enough to no longer eat the sand — or at least know better than to eat the sand — and I can relax a bit more, which is after all what the beach is made for in my opinion.
At first I was tempted to stress out and make the trip more difficult than it need be, but in the interest of keeping it simple and stress free I was quickly able to overcome and consolidate my list.
In the 80s, I am certain we survived the summer just fine without organic fruit, iPods, charging stations, energy bars, six different kinds of water, pop-up tents, four different sunscreen applicators and drones. Yeah, I am not taking any of that with us to the beach. In fact I’m not taking anything that I can’t carry myself, so kiddos if you want it you’ll need to carry it on yourself. The water choices will be saltwater and not saltwater. A thermos and some snacks are requisite, but I’m not going out of my way, it’s my day to relax too. Remember taking a bucket of fried chicken, bag of Doritos and some cookies? I miss those days.
Last weekend, I watched a child carry a hamper full of beach toys as tall as himself out to the sand. The same family, it took dad four trips to take everything down and back to the car at the end of the day. I’m just not feeling it. I’ve learned what essentials I can live with and what I can do without and I’m honestly thinking there’s quite a lot of that way of thinking that could carry over into my everyday life. You know, letting go of baggage and just putting some of that heavy, non-essential stuff to the side. But that’s a bit philosophical for a summer day!
On a strictly practical note, sleeping bags in those pouch carriers you can sling over your shoulder and a tub of baby wipes can solve a multitude of potential beach problems. Go with grace.