Our first camping trip is in the books. I feel like you can prepare as much as you want, but until you’ve experienced camping with kids you really don’t know what to expect. I was so excited to camp on the beach, but when it comes to the beach you could find sand in places you’d rather not have it. Our overnight stay went a lot smoother than I expected. And I didn’t have sand where it shouldn’t be.
We packed the car with our camping supplies on a Friday afternoon in hopes on having an amazing weekend. Despite the pockets of traffic on the way to Port Aransas, we arrived in great time. The sun was setting when we arrived to our destination. The amazing thing about camping on the beach is usually you have free beach access. Before you go, make sure you know where you can access the beach for free. Another thing to find out is if you can drive on the beach. This makes it so much nicer than walking and hauling all your camping gear. Port A has some great access points for free as well as driving on access. When we arrived there were plenty of people camping in tents and also their RV’s. For those of us with just tents, there were also port o potties available.
While we set up camp, the kids played in the sand to their hearts delight with flashlights. With the soft sand it can be difficult to anchor anything. We picked up some longer sand pegs to keep on tent down. I’m glad we did. It was a windy night. Despite this, we had a decent night sleep. We had our sleeping bags, and a blow up mattress to keep our backs happy while sleeping on sand. One thing to remember about sleeping on the beach is to make sure you are tracking high tide and low tide. Nothing will ruin your night by waking up in the water.
Since we were only spending one night and playing for they day, I didn’t think much about our menu. If we were staying longer, I would have definitely put more thought into it. This time around I wanted to make things as easy as possible. We took items that could be eaten easily, with little prep such as bagels, doughnut holes, and fruit. Our lunch consisted of sandwiches, chips, veggies, fruit, and water. We planned on getting dinner on the way home.
We had the best day on the beach. When we moved from Florida I didn’t think I would miss the beach, but I have come to find out that I need trips to the beach often. The waves call to me. I usually sit in my lounger all day and watch the kids play in the water with my hubby. My husband plays in the water. I handle playing in the sand. Making castles is a favorite thing of mine.
It goes without saying there are some obvious items you need for any sort of camping with kids. Just to name a few are:
- Blow up mattress or air mat
- Sleeping bags
- Folded Table
- Camping chairs
- Shade covering
- Tarp or ground mat
- Toilet tent or know where the port-o-potties are
- box 2-3 large storage boxes – I like to keep our food in storage boxes. I can close the top to keep the bugs or extra sand out of it. We have used other storage boxes to keep the sand toys in as well. It makes it easy to tote everything in the car.
As you can imagine if you are camping for more than one night you will need additional items for cooking and preparing your food. You can check out my Pinterest for some more great ideas. All in all we had a great weekend and plan on going again next month.
What is your favorite thing about camping on the beach?
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