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Beach Reads

July 6, 2018

Beach Reading at its Best

Being only a half mile away from the ocean, we spend a lot of time at the beach during the summer months. And while I love sharing the sand and surf with my friends and family, one of my favorite activities is reading.

There are a lot of variables that can make your day in the sun or wreck your whole beach reading experience if you are not prepared. It has taken me some time to perfect my routine, but now that I have it down, I’d love to share it with you.

(My daughter Jody at our beach house on the Hood Canal)

Tote-ally Worth It

Before you even step onto the sand, you need to gather all of your essentials. I find that a tote bag holds everything I need, including: two books, in case I finish the first and I am not ready to leave, sunglasses so I don’t squint at the pages, a hat to protect my skin, a towel or two, snacks, drinks and sunscreen. Other items that might make your must-list could be an umbrella and beach chair.

Location, Location, Location

Find a spot that speaks to you. If you don’t want little ones shouting and running past, sit further up the sand. If you want to dip your toes in the water while you read, head further down shore. Just remember to always be aware of the high tide, no matter where you set yourself up.

Reapply & Repeat

No one wants a book shaped tan line because you fell asleep reading, so remember to reapply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours. You can also read under an umbrella or sport a stylish wide-brim hat to make your own shade for even further protection.

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