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Beach bin
Posted By: Raine - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/19/2014
Location: Western PA
Total Posts: 195

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 9:59 AM




It's that time again only 66 more days. Time to start a filling up a plastic bin with all those odds and ends that we need to take with us.

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RE: Beach bin
Posted By: 6Jdad - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/4/2015
Location: Ohio
Total Posts: 76

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 10:12 AM




Can you elaborate? We've never done anything this soon (2 months out) and I'm interested in exactly what you do to get started.

Thanks!

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: Brad Z - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/13/2016
Location: Alexandria VA/ Frisco NC
Total Posts: 746

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 10:17 AM




It's for detail oriented type 'A's. Normal people like myself just throw stuff in grocery bags lying around at the last minute as we're heading out the door smiley

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: Rick - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/8/2004
Location: Amissville Va.
Total Posts: 2550

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 10:24 AM




We have a Box too My wife will start collecting things some times two months ahead of out trip.

Myself I pack the night before lol

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: macca - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/29/2008
Location: Just north of Boston
Total Posts: 2747

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 11:21 AM




I have my "beach box", too. FLashlights, night lights, a sharp knife,binoculars and a good non stick fry pan are always in the box! I also buy lots of sunscreen, disposable tin foil pans. We usually vacation with a crowd, so we bring some of the staples- lots of coffee, rice, beans, pb and jelly, oil, mayo, vinegar, etc. Also brig a few rolls of TP. Some houses don't have it when you arrive, and if you don't want to shop on check in day, you are in trouble! I start buying my sunscreen at Ocean State Job lot in APril, where I can get the spray for about 5 dollars. I buy at least two per week. Cheaper than on the outer Banks
( unless you go off season), and we use a TON of it!

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: DeanK - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/19/2015
Location: Indy
Total Posts: 283

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 12:55 PM




It's that time again only 66 more days. Time to start a filling up a plastic bin with all those odds and ends that we need to take with us.



When I opened up OBXC here this afternoon as saw "59 day" pop up, I said to myself "better get the beach box going". A then there's this thread! Yes - I need to get our box out, go through it, and start adding items. For us, the beach box is for those odds-and-ends things that might otherwise be forgotten. Flashlights, sun block, beach bags. I start saving up those net-type bags from potatoes and oranges to use for beach combing. Stuff like that.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: junepath - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/29/2007
Location: Lake City, PA (West Erie County)
Total Posts: 3277

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 12:58 PM




I have been restraining myself from getting our beach boxes out. They got packed away in the attic when we knew for sure that we weren't going last year and are still up there.

Our permanent beach box items are beach towels, bath towels and linens. Keep them stored through the year and then all I have to do is wash them and pack them when the time comes. And then as the summer wears on I pick up things like sunscreen and paper goods.

I am DEFINITELY a type A person when it comes to vacation! The funny thing is, once we arrive, I make no plans. It's just the trip there that I plan for I guess. Maybe that's my way of suffering through the vacation rabies ;)

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: Greg MD - (Send PM)
Member Since: 3/10/2014
Location: Fallston, MD
Total Posts: 582

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 1:33 PM




I don't use a beach bin, but I do have a list. I have added oddball things on it for years that make the week more enjoyable, like hose washers, knife sharpener, citronella candles, etc.

Lists work both ways - use it to pack up heading home too.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: Kai Avalon - (Send PM)
Member Since: 7/25/2012
Location: SW Virginia
Total Posts: 385

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 1:52 PM




This thread makes me smile. I always pick up one or two good ideas.

I think my beach bucket is more about the anticipation of going on vacation and has some small things that as one poster said, makes the week more enjoyable. Like most, it includes some knives (the kind someone on here posted - brightly colored with individual sheaths so I don't leave them behind), nightlights and sunscreen. But I LOVE the idea of the mesh bags from potatoes and the like for beach combing. This year's new idea. Thank you!

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: judyk - (Send PM)
Member Since: 11/1/2008
Location: eastern PA
Total Posts: 14437

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 2:08 PM




I don't much do a beach bin since the kids are grown, but years ago, if I were shopping prior to trip, it was easy to stock up on condiments, ketchup, mustard, etc when the markets had a BOGO sale on such, like getting it free!

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: MichiganJulia - (Send PM)
Member Since: 9/16/2016
Location: Norton Shores, MI
Total Posts: 146

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 6:42 PM




No beach boxes here, but I do have lots of stuff on the two twin beds in the guest rooms. 18 days left on our post.!!! We acutally leave here in 12 days so I guess I better get moving. Hubby is getting the fishing stuff ready. We check in on the 30th, but have lots of stops on the way. Will be in KDH on the 28 & 29th. Looking forward to it!!! Gotta get packing.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: jillyfish - (Send PM)
Member Since: 6/18/2007
Location: N Montgomery Co, PA
Total Posts: 236

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 8:23 PM




I do travel bags for my 5 grandchildren. Add to them all year but with 2 months to go getting to be crunch time. Every year I pick a different kind of bag and put car treats and games for the trip and also cards, coloring books etc for possible rainy days.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: tls141 - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/14/2010
Location: Western NY
Total Posts: 77

Date Posted: 4/12/2017 9:24 PM




I do the same thing no matter where we're going on vacation, also before we go camping. Paper products, sunscreen, snacks like crackers or chips, drink recipes, anything we'll use while we're there. I buy the stuff when it's on sale and throw it in the bin until it's time to pack.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: MarvelousMoondance - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/7/2006
Location: Wild and Wonderful WV
Total Posts: 11158

Date Posted: 4/13/2017 9:38 AM




A can/bottle opener is critical. SO many times our rentals either didn't have one or it was too dull to use.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: obx4family - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/8/2013
Location:
Total Posts: 301

Date Posted: 4/13/2017 1:03 PM




Have a beach box for the two of us and dogs and another for family trip with the grand kids and rest of family.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: obxyz - (Send PM)
Member Since: 4/10/2011
Location: Pittsburgh
Total Posts: 1066

Date Posted: 4/13/2017 4:46 PM




We have a year-round beach box which collects items we don't ordinarily use at home, but are handy once we get to our beach digs. Things like small propane canisters for our beach grill, queen sheets, common coffee filters which don't fit our machine, ghost crab lanterns, bug repellent with DEET etc.

When we get about 30 days out we begin to add little baggies of supplies. We'll do a baggie with 14 dishwasher tabs, another with 14 laundry pods, another with 14 dryer sheets, never run out, but never have more than a few leftover either. Refill the small bottle of dish soap, refill the soft soap dispensers, toss in a kitchen sponge, a roll of paper towels, half a package of napkins, 9pk of tp, kitchen towels, sharp knives, good cutting board, 1st aid kit, beach books, sunscreen etc.

Lastly we'll try to remember all the little things we have forgotten in the past. Things like bottle openers, lighters, grill tools, vitamins, medicines, salt, pepper, mustard, ketchup, things that you'd hate to buy a full package of for just one week.

The box helps in many ways. It helps with early onset beach anticipation, help keeps us out of grocery stores and checkout lines and on the beach, helps save money and spread out costs. We keep adding to it until the day comes, greatly reduces if not eliminates last minute running around and anxiety.

It's a good tradition.


RE: Beach bin
Posted By: MikeW - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/9/2004
Location:
Total Posts: 4843

Date Posted: 4/13/2017 5:09 PM




This list is borrowed from MM and my good friend Dr. Thompson but a box packed this way always works.

We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.
Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: kurthi - (Send PM)
Member Since: 5/3/2011
Location: Southeastern, PA
Total Posts: 1156

Date Posted: 4/13/2017 10:58 PM




We have a beach box that contains items we use exclusively at the beach/vacation.

With about 3 weeks to go, we start "The Pile" on the dining room table. All of the pile gets packed into bins.

Then the recyclable bags get filled with items we need to use at home the day before the trip.

Finally, there is the "Bag of Last Resort" which are items we "almost" forgot to take along.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: judyk - (Send PM)
Member Since: 11/1/2008
Location: eastern PA
Total Posts: 14437

Date Posted: 4/13/2017 11:08 PM




Party's at MikeW's!

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: Md.Chas - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/15/2012
Location: Parkville, Md
Total Posts: 1986

Date Posted: 4/15/2017 11:19 AM




This list is borrowed from MM and my good friend Dr. Thompson but a box packed this way always works.

We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.
Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.

What, no Mushrooms? Wink smiley

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: Calicoskies - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/23/2008
Location:
Total Posts: 143

Date Posted: 4/15/2017 4:49 PM




I start about 5 wks out, using a list I have revised over 8-9 yrs. I fill tote bags I got at a craft store as well as some plastic tote boxes from Costco. It's so much fun for me to put items in and cross from my list. I have a staging area in the dining room! I bring quite a few groceries down, mostly snacks and staples, and one cooler. I look for grocery sales. I love packing for the beach week.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: MarvelousMoondance - (Send PM)
Member Since: 10/7/2006
Location: Wild and Wonderful WV
Total Posts: 11158

Date Posted: 4/17/2017 7:27 AM




This list is borrowed from MM and my good friend Dr. Thompson but a box packed this way always works.

We had two bags of grass, seventy-five pellets of mescaline, five sheets of high powered blotter acid, a salt shaker half full of cocaine, and a whole galaxy of multi-colored uppers, downers, screamers, laughers... and also a quart of tequila, a quart of rum, a case of Budweiser, a pint of raw ether and two dozen amyls.
Not that we needed all that for the trip, but once you get locked into a serious drug collection, the tendency is to push it as far as you can.



FTR - i haven't packed that kind of artillery for over 30 years. Very rarely even smoke pot these days.

"I don't do drugs, I AM drugs." - Salvador Dali

Banana

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: SwimmingByrds - (Send PM)
Member Since: 2/25/2015
Location: Ohio
Total Posts: 15

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 6:39 AM




I have a spreadsheet with two columns = one to check for packed to go and another for coming home. We pack in totes exclusively. Beach/hiking, kitchen, and clothes. We stop at a new town every year on the way to vacation, so the toiletries and medicine are packed in an overnight bag with our change of clothes for the second day of the road trip. It's a amazing to only have to carry in 3 totes, an overnight duffel, the camera bag, and my purse. We travel with teenage twins and my mom. No night before or morning of stress for us. Super thankful for whoever posted the idea years ago. It's made travelling much more relaxing.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: junepath - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/29/2007
Location: Lake City, PA (West Erie County)
Total Posts: 3277

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 9:14 AM




I have a spreadsheet with two columns = one to check for packed to go and another for coming home. We pack in totes exclusively. Beach/hiking, kitchen, and clothes. We stop at a new town every year on the way to vacation, so the toiletries and medicine are packed in an overnight bag with our change of clothes for the second day of the road trip. It's a amazing to only have to carry in 3 totes, an overnight duffel, the camera bag, and my purse. We travel with teenage twins and my mom. No night before or morning of stress for us. Super thankful for whoever posted the idea years ago. It's made travelling much more relaxing.



We have done that in the past and I think I'm going back to it this year. Two totes, an overnight bag for the hotel, and then the camera/laptop bag. I don't even bother with a purse. For heading home the duffel bag will come in handy for my husband to take HIS stuff home and then I will take me and Amelia's stuff in the totes down to Florida for our continued vacation.

RE: Beach bin
Posted By: Raine - (Send PM)
Member Since: 8/19/2014
Location: Western PA
Total Posts: 195

Date Posted: 4/18/2017 10:33 AM




I like the spreadsheet idea. DH usually has a yellow tablet page with everything listed that he marks off as he loads whatever we are driving.

Junepath, I'm jealous you and Amelia are having an extended vacation! enjoy!

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