Beach Essentials for a Perfect Pembrokeshire Holiday!

Summer is here! It’s time to slap on the sun cream and head off to one of our glorious Pembrokeshire beaches. There’s nothing more annoying than settling down on your chosen patch of sand only to find that you’ve left half the things you need back at the hotel. That’s why we’ve compiled a helpful list to make things easier when you’re getting ready for a great day at the beach.

Sun cream - possibly the most important thing on the list. Even on a hazy day the sun can be stronger than you think so sun protection is a must. As it has to be reapplied after each dip in the sea make sure you take enough sun cream to see you through the day!

Beach Towels – our coastal waters are famously more pure and a bit warmer than some other parts of the UK so it’s impossible to resist taking a dip! Whether it’s for drying off, warming up, brushing off sand or sunbathing, a beach towel is essential.

Folding chair - the novelty of sitting on a beach towel can wear off pretty quickly, especially for the older beachgoer, so a folding chair or (if you have a degree in engineering) a deckchair, might make for a more comfortable day!

Flip flops/sandals/aqua shoes – hot sand, shells and the pebbly areas on some of our beaches can really hurt your feet (and make you do an interesting walk) so sensible beach shoes are a good idea.

Hat – wide-brimmed hats are perfect for protecting your face, scalp, ears and the back of your neck, areas we sometimes forget about but which can burn easily when the sun is shining.

Sunglasses – not only do they make you look cool and mysterious but they can keep sand out of your eyes on a breezy day! They also protect the eyes and surrounding skin from harmful UV rays which can help reduce the risk of skin cancer, macular degeneration and cataracts.

Swimming costume – often so small they’re easy to forget but vitally important if you want to avoid swimming or sunbathing in your underwear! A wetsuit might be a good choice if you’re going to be spending long periods of time in the water, surfing or body boarding, for example.

Tents and Umbrellas – It’s not a good idea to spend the entire day in the sun, so having a shady spot to cool off is important. Pop up tents are an inviting place for children to get out of the sun and a large umbrella is an effective shade for everyone who’s too big to get into a tent! Taking thin, long-sleeved tops is a sensible precaution to protect skin from the hot Pembrokeshire sun.

Picnic – as some of our beaches don’t have any amenities, it’s always best to go prepared. Let’s face it, a day at the beach just isn’t complete without some warm pop and a sandy sandwich! It’s also particularly important to stay hydrated in hot weather so, if nothing else, you should make sure you take plenty to drink.

Wet wipes – Sun cream, sticky picnics and the inevitable trails of melted ice cream mixed with sand can produce the stickiest substance known to man but it’s no match for a wet wipe! They’re also great for cooling down hot skin.

Something to do - frisbees, cricket sets, buckets and spades, kites, body boards, footballs or anything else which might keep the big and little kids occupied. For the more sedate beachgoer, a good book or your favourite playlist and some headphones might be a more suitable pastime for a lazy day on golden sands.

Mini first aid kit – hopefully your day will be free of minor mishaps but a few plasters, some antiseptic cream, antihistamines, bug spray and the like could come in very handy.

Bags – take some zip lock bags to store wet clothes and another bag for your all your rubbish. Our beaches are famed for their cleanliness and we’d really like to keep them that way!

A day at the seaside is one of the highlights of a holiday in Pembrokeshire - with Warpool Court Hotel surrounded by so many lovely beaches, you’ll be spoiled for choice!

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