Recently updated on July 16th, 2024

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If you’re one that likes to get up early on those hot and hazy summer mornings, round up the family and pack the car for a fun-filled day at the beach, you’re going to want to listen up. We here at Ocean State Job Lot know that the list can be long but the enjoyment could be endless if you do it right.

But with so much on your mind, don’t wait until you get to the beach and find out you’ve forgotten something. Go through our simple step-by-step guide and get yourself set for a day of pleasure, memories, and hopefully some cooler temps to have your best day at the beach!

Family running in the water at beach

Looking Hot, Staying Cool

No matter your style, there’s always a way that Ocean State Job Lot can make you look cool at the beach. First, there’s swimwear for every member of the family at prices that can’t be beat, nearly 70% off! What’s cooler than that?

Girl wearing beach hat with sunscreen on her face

Stay Sun Safe

Keep that hot sun off your face and head with an adjustable or breathable hat that shows off a fresh new look. Then, there’s brand new shorts and shirts for both women and men, plus skirts for the ladies. Check out our capris or famous maker performance brand shorts, both at nearly a third of other retailers’ prices.

With your skin that is still left exposed to the sun, you’ll want to protect it with a sunscreen that is ranked SPF 30 or higher, according to the American Academy of Dermatology Association. It does need to be reapplied every two hours for your skin’s safety.

Bag of beach snacks

Food on a Budget

Remember to pack plenty of snacks and maybe some fruits. Food on the shore can be costly for sure so anything you can do to keep the costs down will help. Eat a light breakfast before you hit the road and then pack a lunch, possibly consisting of sandwiches, salad, chips, nuts, fruits, and more. That’ll leave you with just one meal to leave on your docket if you don’t want to go back home to cook after your day at the beach.

Prepare lunch or dinner ahead of time and store them in the variety of storage containers from Ocean State Job Lot. Put them in a cooler with some ice packs to keep them fresh along the way.

Leave yourself some room both in your budget and in your stomach for a treat, too! The kids will especially enjoy that if it’s unexpected.

Family playing in the sand at the beach

Fun, Fun, Fun

If you plan on making a full day of it, take plenty of entertainment aids with you. A good book and earbuds for your iPhone and Android phone are a good start. The kids may enjoy a frisbee, football, or buckets and shovels to dig in the sand or build a sand castle. Remember, it’s time to relax and be stress free.

The last thing you want to do with your day off is for it to turn into a problem and a pain in the neck. Bring a comfy beach chair that has an umbrella that can help shield the sun too!

Other Accessories

Here’s a few other things you might want to pick up along the way. Don’t forget to gas up the car or truck. The last thing you want to do is run out of fuel along the way as prices are generally higher along the highway and the closer you get to the beaches. 

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Other Accessories

Here’s a few other things you might want to pick up along the way. Don’t forget to gas up the car or truck. The last thing you want to do is run out of fuel along the way as prices are generally higher along the highway and the closer you get to the beaches. 

Shop Beach Towels >    Shop Paper Plates >   Shop Inflatables >   
Shop Beverages >
   
 Shop Bug Sprays >

No matter what you do, don’t forget to enjoy family time most of all!