Essential Beach Gear

Living in Gibraltar comes with the undeniable perk of incredible weather.  While many associate beach days with summer, we’re fortunate to enjoy beach days year-round.  Of course many times this will involve layering up because of the cold. But,  given the lack of open space, sometimes the beach is the only place to enjoy a good kick about.  Take yesterday for example, it’s only mid-February but we enjoyed an unseasonably warm day.  We were planning on a countryside walk in Spain but it was too much of a beach day to miss.  Instead we set off on a walk up to the beautiful Catalan Bay.  It seems like many others had the same idea as we did as the beach was incredibly busy.  It ended up being a lovely few hours of sunbathing and the boys enjoying a kick about. I also enjoyed a “refreshing” (read “freezing”) dip in the sea.  Of course, this being an impromptu beach day we were missing most of our essential beach gear. But in this guide we’ll set out what you will need to enjoy a perfect beach day. As an Amazon Associate, we earn a commission from qualifying purchases.  Some of the links on this post are affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase we may earn a commission at no extra cost to you. Learn more here. The Essential Beach Gear Guide For a perfect day under the sun, a few essentials come to mind: Sun Protection Regardless of the season, sunscreen is non-negotiable. Shielding your family from the sun’s rays ensures a safe and enjoyable beach experience.  We opt for Altruist Cream 1 for face protection. This sun cream was created by a UK dermatologist and is highly recommended for those with sensitive skin.  It is fragrance free with a low risk of allergy and is suitable for daily use on face, body and children. The cream is easily absorbed and is not sticky.  For the body it is so much easier, especially when applying cream to younger children, to opt for a SPF spray.  Our favourite is Altruist Spray 2 While applying sunscreen to your face and body is common, many of us often overlook areas such as the scalp. The scalp, especially for those with thinner (or no hair) can be a prime target for sunburn.  Repeated exposure may contribute to hair damage and skin cancer! The use of Hair and Scalp Sunscreen 3 is therefore highly recommended. Lips are also susceptible to sun damage. Prolonged exposure to the sun can lead to dryness, chapping, and increased vulnerability to skin cancers. Using a Lip Balm 4  with SPF ensures your lips receive the protection they deserve, adding an extra layer of defence against the sun’s harmful effects. Shade Options  While basking in the sun is enjoyable, having a Beach Umbrella 5 or a Family Sun Shelter Canopy 6 provides shade when needed. This ensures everyone stays cool and comfortable.  For babies, we love this Baby Beach Tent With Pool 7 .The tent is lightweight, has a UV rating of 50 SPF and folds away perfectly into a compact bag making it easy to transport. Sun Hats The face and neck are particularly susceptible to sun damage. Wearing a sun hat ensures that these areas are shaded, reducing the chances of premature ageing, sunspots, and skin cancer. Many sun hats come with built-in SPF protection, adding an extra level of sunblock for your head and face. This, combined with regular sunscreen application, creates a powerful defence against UV radiation There is a whole range of different styles available.  Here are some of our favourites: Sunglasses Whether you’re strolling along the beach, hiking in the mountains, or simply enjoying a sunny day, wearing sunglasses with adequate UV protection is more than just a fashion statement—it’s a crucial step in safeguarding your eyes from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) rays. Sunglasses with UV protection also help reduce glare caused by the sun’s reflection on surfaces like water, snow, or roads. This not only enhances your comfort but also improves visibility, reducing the risk of accidents when driving or engaging in outdoor activities. As with Sun Hats there is a style to suit each face shape and personal style.  Here are just a few options you may wish to consider: Comfortable Seating An Adjustable Beach Chair  18  or Foldable Beach Recliner 19 enhance comfort, providing a cosy spot to relax and enjoy the scenic surroundings.  When choosing your seating, look for additional features such as cup holders and storage pockets which will add greater comfort to your beach experience.  Beachwear Another top essential when heading to the beach is of course, adequate beachwear.  This will range from swimwear like these Mens Swim Shorts 20 this Leopard Print One Piece Swimsuit 21 for ladies or Rash Guards  22 for kids.   Good beach or pool shoes are another must have.  Sliders 23 like these are extremely popular with kids but are a good choice for the whole family.  You should also consider Beach Shoes 24 . Type of shoe is perfect if you are visiting a rocky beach such as Rosia Bay (el kwari!) Not only will they make getting in and out of the sea a breeze but they will be perfect for other activities such as windsurfing, beach volleyball, sailing, boating, kayaking and more! Another popular beach activity is eating at a chiringuito (beach bar).  Now,  I don’t know about you but I don’t like having to get back into my clothes for a quick bite to eat.  So, for these occasions I love packing a cover up such as a Kimono.   There are so many stunning styles out there.  Here are just three of my favourites: Beach Bags We’ve  already listed quite a few essential beach gear items for your beach adventure.  But, with so many more things to add to this list, one item which should form part of your

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