Pack these hot picks to the beach
by Kathy Witt
Ah. Sunscreen-scented days and nights spent cuddling over a good book, a soundtrack of ocean waves, kids’ laughter and books read aloud playing in the background. Nothing beats a summer road trip to the beach, a much-anticipated outing for so many families that can only be enhanced by tossing a few choice travel goods into the back of the car.
Stake your claim to a stretch of sand with the BeachBUB All-In-One Beach Umbrella System ($139.85) in beautiful Caribbean blue. BeachBUB is a snap to set up: Insert the pole upright through the Build-A-Base; attach two wings of the Build-A-Base for form a pouch and fill with sand; attach the third wing and top off with sand; stuff sand against the sides for stability. Voila! Cooling shade and sun protection.
BeachBUB comes complete with durable and lightweight umbrella, Build-A-Base, sturdy oversized carry bag, sand scoop shovel, towel hook and a Sand Gopher Tool to help create a compact hole to easily push the pole into the sand. It is very manageable and weighs less than 10 lbs. No need to bake in the sun or rent an umbrella. BeachBUB is available at www.beachBUB.com (where you can watch a how-to video) and other online outlets.
You’ve created a comfy shelter from the sun’s bright rays; now add a piece of luxury with a sand-free beach mat. It’s paradise found with the patented SANDLITE Mat by CGEAR ($49.99), a soft and undeniably comfortable woven mat that stays sand-free and won’t fly up with a good wind, whipping sand all over your lotioned-up legs.
Spill your tall, cool one? No worries. The liquid will bead on the mat’s surface and wipe off easily. Sand doesn’t hide in the folds of the mat, either, so you won’t drag sand home with you. Offered in a variety of summer-fun colors and patterns, the SANDLITE Mat is quick-drying and lightweight, and folds neatly into a small carry bag.
Pack a book, or in this case, a book series and pass the time in the car, on the beach or before bedtime reading to your grandchildren. The Nocturnals is a critically acclaimed series that introduces three animal pals – Dawn the fox, Bismark the sugar glider and Tobin the pangolin – and their many adventures, plus enough plot twists to keep everybody hooked through all four books: The Mysterious Abductions, The Ominous Eye, The Fallen Star and The Hidden Kingdom ($15.99/each).
Authors Tracey Hecht and Sarah Fieber have created a nighttime landscape filled with strange and mysterious happenings, danger and drama, and humor (and cliffhangers) aplenty as the unlikely and endearing trio test their mettle against disappearing animals, giant beasts, poisoned fruit and vanishing watering holes. A downloadable summer reading kit with games and activities adds to the fun.