Optional Extras to Tailor Your Day for YOU!


Let's take a look at all the optional extras you might want to take along with you. You have the essentials, such as hat and towel but what else could anyone need? Well, we are all different and have different ideas of what will contribute to comfort. I wouldn't want to be without a pen and paper. Well, I can't make notes on all things beachy without them, can I?  

Leave it at home or take it everywhere?

Some might like a phone with them, others want peace and quiet. Some have kids in tow, others have not. Whatever your situation, there are probably a few optional extras you'll want to take for your own personal comfort and enjoyment. 

After many years of taking trips to the beach, I pretty much know what extras we are likely to need. These are in a whole extra bag of stuff and it comes with us where ever we go. The bag even has a name 'Foxy Loxy'.

'Foxy Loxy'

If you pack up such a bag, it's a good idea to make it a shoulder bag or preferably a backpack as this leaves your hands/arms free for other things.   


It's a good idea to pre-plan if you can.

It is worth bearing in mind that whatever you do take to the beach has to be carried there and back again. Sometimes this can mean a bit of a walk so pre-planning will take the stress out of packing and give you chance to evaluate the logistics. Stick to the list and keep things to a minimum to get the most out of your day.


What optional extras are inside my Foxy Loxy?

  • Magnetic telescopic torch
  • OS Maps
  • Mini screwdriver kit
  • Glasses kit
  • Antibacterial Gel
  • Baby wipes
  • Pack of Tissues
  • Notepad and Pens
  • Emergency £20 note & Emergency change
  • Zip Lock Bags
  • Tweezers
  • Nail file
  • Foldaway Scissors
  • First Aid Kit
  • Hand Towel

Of course, there are many more 'optional extras' you could take. Here are a few more that I think come in handy on those longer beach trips.

  • Empty carrier bag/grocery bag for wet clothes & rubbish
  • Lip balm
  • Cover Up
  • Phone/waterproof cover
  • Ear phones
  • Camera
  • Waterproof container
  • Micro-fibre cloth
  • Wipes
  • Hairbrush/hair ties
  • Fan
  • Aloe
  • Antibacterial Gel
  • Zip lock bags
  • First aid kit
  • Moo Cream
  • Change of Clothes 
  • Extra Towels 


Luckily, most of these things are small and can neatly pack away into a decent backpack or beach bag. But if you do find you have more than you can comfortably carry, those with children often struggle, then you might want to invest in a beach cart.