The beach holds an abundance of free natural resources we can tap into whenever we’re camping. So make sure you head to those generous sandy shores to get fed, practical, entertained and beautiful!
It’s amazing what you can find when beach combing along the high tide mark. There’s often containers lying around, which can be recycled for the garden, and people have even been known to find raw precious stones, such as emeralds, and old lost jewellery. Be careful though, it’s also possible to discover fish hooks and undetonated bombs! So be careful!
Driftwood is perfect to get a fire going as it burns quickly and very hot. Ideal for your campfire or barbecue.
Seaweed makes perfect fertiliser for the kitchen garden. It’s rich in minerals, adding back some of what the weather and plants have taken out. It does take a a long time to break down though so it’s best to chop it up before you add it to the soil.
- Fossils – Just remember your rock hammer and you’ll be entertained all day
- Board surfing & body surfing
- Sandcastle building
- Driftwood art
- Flying kites
- Scavenger hunts
- Night-time beach running
- cricket, football and other ball games
- Skim (skip) some stones
- Bury someone in the sand
- Go skinny dipping
- Spend the night on the beach looking at the stars
Skin rub – fine clean sand, oats, honey, natural live yoghurt – Rich in vitamins and minerals, rub in gently, leave on, rinse off – leaves you with soft skin and a healthy glow.
Foot soak – warm up sea water (not too hot), add lavender, eucalyptus or peppermint oil; relax & soak, rub with sand, relax & soak, and repeat until your feet are soft and you’re totally blissed out and chilled.
Let us know what treasure you’ve discovered and we’ll make sure we share it. In the meantime, check out this beautiful film which turns a negative problem into a positive solution… if we’re all prepared to listen and become greener campers and much more earth friendly.
Picture Credit: Roy Riley