It always happens. You start unpacking and you realize that you've forgotten two or three things you really wanted to bring to the beach. I know that a checklist is anything but cool, but arriving for your vacation with everything you need to have a good time, that's definitely cool.
- Swimwear: You will definitely want to buy a swimsuit or two when you get here, but bringing one with you is always a good idea.
- Sandals: You'll wear them EVERYWHERE! In fact, sandals are the way the locals know who the tourists are. The tourists are the ones with either shoes or big clunky sandals. If you want to look like a local find a comfortable pair of GOOD QUALITY flip-flops and you are in.
- Walking Shoes: Especially if you plan on going to Colonial Williamsburg or Busch Gardens.
- Sport Wear: Golf, Tennis, Fishing, or any other special clothes you may need. Locals wear shorts year round. They are appropriate in almost every situation.
- Hats: The right hat can keep you very cool and help prevent sun burn.
- Bandannas: You can use them for a million things.
- Beach Bag: If it has the ability to store cold items, all the better. (Remember that no glass is allowed on the beach - or alcoholic beverages in any kind of container)
- Blanket or Sheet: Some people use big
towels, but if you look at the locals you'll notice that they use
bedsheets. They are HUGE so sand isn't as much of a problem, they
are light and very easy to clean. Blankets? We don't need no stinking
- Sand Bucket: Making sand castles is nearly impossible without one or two!
- Portable Radio or T.V.: Loud music or television audio is not allowed. Keep it down, kids.
- Sunscreen: Most people find that they get much more sun at the beach than they do in the backyard, so it is advisable to have several levels of protection. SPF 4, 15, 45, etc. are all available in our many gift shops. There's nothing worse than wasting two or three days of your vacation nursing a bad sunburn.
- Zinc Oxide: Cover that nose or you might
end up looking like Rudolph. By the way, a bright red nose is the
another big clue that you are a tourist.
- Spray Bottle: A cool refreshing spritz
feels sooooo good. Keep the bottle in your cooler.
- Sunglasses: Cool shades are what life
is all about. Who cares what's "fashionable?" Find
a pair that feels good on your noggin, sit back and enjoy the show.
- Binoculars: There are many beautiful sights
at the beach. All of the ships coming and going through the Chesapeake
Bay are visible from the beach. Oh, there's lots to see!
- A Good Book: Nothing beats a little steamy fiction as you soak up the rays.
- Golf Clubs, Scuba Gear, Tennis Raquet, Bowling Ball, Polo Pony, or any other sporting equipment you may need!
- Cameras: If you have a really nice digital camera, you might want to buy a one-use waterproof camera for use on the beach. Nothing is sadder than the sound of sand grinding in the gears of a nice but broken digital camera.
- Cards & Games: Into every life
a little rain must fall, but there are still a thousand things
to do in Va. Beach when it's raining.
- Hair Dryer
- Medications and Vitamins: Very Important!
- Band Aids, Sun Burn Relief, First Aid Stuff
- Laundry Detergent and Dryer Sheets: Most hotels/motels offer laundry facilities.
- Your VaBeach.com Printouts!!: Be sure to bring any coupons, maps or calendars you've printed.