o avoidSometimes you just can’t resist of putting your tent on a beautiful sandy beach. Camping in sand, with the sea just a few steps beside your tent can be really tempting. But, many enthusiasts end up disappointed. Camping in sand can be annoying and frustrating, so don’t put yourself into this adventure if you’re not prepared. Here are some very useful tips for beach camping.
Pitching stakes will not work as they do on the ground
When you camp in a sandy place, there is no firm ground to pitch the tent stakes in it. Therefore you have to dig holes around your tent in which you will place a stake. Find something heavy, a rock or plastic bags filled with sand, tight your tent down to it, and place it in the dug hole. Put an extra sand on the top of it, as much as you can. In the case of strong wind, put the bags of sand on the outline of your tent.
Place your tent opening downwind
If the tent opening faces the wind direction, the wind will bring some fresh air into your tent. That can be very helpful during hot days. But, remember – the wind will also bring dust and tiny sand particles into the tent! You’ll be dealing with lots of sand in your clothes, and you don’t want that to happen. So, the best option is to place a tent door downwind to keep sand and dust out.
Keep your tent clean on the inside
Zip your tent. Close your tent completely when you get in and when you get out. And make sure you don’t bring a sand in – clean your body and feet on the way in. You can use a brush or something similar to clean your body. And, remember – never enter a tent feet and footwear covered by sand and dust. Store your footwear outside.
Protect food, gadgets and – yourself
- Protect your food, dishes, and items from sand and dust. Always leave your wet dishes to dry out, then you can successfully sweep dried sand from it.
- Put your cell-phone, camera or any other device in a plastic bag, so the grains don’t get inside.
- Wear eye protection or sunglasses. Sand in eyes can be frustrating and can even harm your vision.