Fall is a lovely time to visit the beach. The crowds have left, the weather is mild, and it’s one of the best times to relax. Early morning walks with that slight nip in the air, sunny and warm afternoons with shorts and flip-flops, and watching the golden hour cast yellow hues on the world establish a vacation setting for complete bliss. The fall has always been a spiritual time for folks, signifying the natural evolution of our lives. It’s a time for harvest and reflection for growth and there’s nothing better for that, than time spent on the beach. For lots of us, there’s an innate pull that the sea has, where we feel vulnerable and comforted simultaneously while our toes are in the sand and smell of salt air whisks away our troubles. For most of us – we just need to sit on the beach with a good beach bag!
When planning your fall trip to the beach, you’re going to want to bring a beach bag to accompany you on your relaxation journey. A quality and well-packed beach bag can be as vital to your mental re-charge as a backpack is to an Appalachian hiker. Here’s some great tips that will help you get the most out of your beach time, while allowing you to find your happy Fall place!
The Bag –
Find a beach bag that 1. Makes you happy and 2. Holds your stuff! You won’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a Bogg Bag (unless it makes you happy, of course!) and any bag that will hold your stuff and protect it from sand and the elements will be just fine. You’re going to want to have one big enough to hold a large beach towel or two while not being so large to accommodate a pygmy hippo! Something like this https://amzn.to/3PETbk7 would be more than perfect and won’t break the bank.
Beach Towel(s): A great beach towel can make the difference between a struggle and a vitamin sea therapy session! Quality beach towels should be thicker than those you might find in the Wings, Eagles, Pacific, and Bargain Beachwear stores that dot the Myrtle Beach landscape. Thin beach towels become unmanageable with the ocean breeze and will wear out quickly. A 40”x70” towel is perfect for catching rays or keeping your stuff off the sand. These towels by Bornbay fit the bill: https://amzn.to/3AerGIL
You’re also going to want to bring an extra to dry off or use as a blanket on cooler evenings.
Sunblock: This is a no-brainer for long beach days. Even on cloudy days, be sure to take care of yourself! The Spray on stuff is pretty good now and will definitely be less sandy.
Beach/Sun Hat: Not only will a beach/sun hat keep your hair back, keep the sun out of your eyes, and protect you from harmful UV rays, it looks pretty darn cool! You can find great beach hats just about everywhere in North Myrtle Beach – even at gas stations! Most have very cool designs and you can get them with your favorite sports teams on the underbrim too!
Shades: To quote ZZ Top, “Go and get yourself some cheap sunglasses…”. Dollar Tree has the cheapest and Wal-Mart will sell polarized sunglasses right up front with the beachwear stuff for less than $10. Don’t spend a lot – I’ve personally found $300 Oakley’s that were lost in the surf by an unfortunate traveler!
Water: Get yourself a thermos/tumbler/water bottle and stay hydrated!
Ear buds – Again, stuff can get lost at the beach, so bringing your expensive airpods could end up being a huge risk. For around twenty bucks, you can pick up these great earbuds from Tozo https://amzn.to/3ADAVU4 that have great reviews!
Beach Pillow – an inflatable beach pillow is a great idea for a nap on your oversized beach towel, plus – you can use this on the loungers at the resort! It will easily fit in your beach bag and can be adjusted for your comfort. Ballast makes great ones! https://amzn.to/3CshLBU
A good book – making time to read that book that you’ve been putting off is extra special with the sound of the waves as a backdrop.
Waterproof case for electronics/valuables: These are great ways to keep your stuff clean and dry while you are relaxing on the sand. https://amzn.to/3c9ODF1
Be sure to take some time for yourself on your next North Myrtle Beach fall vacation at Prince Resort and let the natural beauty and calming autumn breeze relax and recharge. Don’t forget to pack a bag!
Jason Coker is originally from the metropolis of Burlington, NC and is passionate about vacation experiences. An aficionado of music, sports, and all things geeky, Jason spends his free time performing music in several brass groups in the Myrtle Beach area, grilling out, and relaxing with his son, daughter, and lovely wife, Amy.