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My Secret to Surviving the Beach: The Sport Brella Beach Chair

The summer is coming, and my family will be one of the many that will migrate to the beaches for the better part of the summer months.

As the weather begins to warm up, I am stocking up on all of the summer essentials I know I need to survive the season.

Along with new swimsuits, industrial sized coolers, and a dizzying array of creams, sprays, and candles to ward off biting insects I will have my secret to waterfront success: a beach chair.

In my case, not just any beach chair, but the Sport Brella Beach Chair.

Why? Because after years of wrestling with plastic deck chairs, canvas lounge chairs and “beach ready” alternatives, this was the only chair that I found that was designed with beaches in mind.

The material is soft, unlike many rough canvas chairs or nylon chairs that get sweaty and sticky after a short while.

The chair sits low to the ground, in contrast to some other chairs that either obstructs the view of those behind you (which can get you a lot of nasty looks during waterfront games and fireworks) or catch the wind.

The chair is light weight, folds up nicely and stores easily, and the umbrella is fully adjustable.

It took me several years of trial and error before I finally found a brand and model that worked for me.

I even tried to forgo beach chairs all together in favor of tents and large umbrellas.

It was too much work to set up and take down at the end of the day, and they were heavy.

I needed a lightweight solution that I could take anywhere, even on public transport.

With small kids running in and out of the water, I needed a solution that was easy to set up and comfortable enough to let me stay put for a long time in the hot summer sun.

I know that $50 can seem like a lot to invest in a place to sit down.

Whatever happened to the traditional beach towel/blanket and deck umbrella?

It was good enough for my mother; it is good enough for me, right?

Wrong! As the saying goes, when you know better, you do better.

And if you clock a lot of time at the beach or the lake you are aware that investing in small creature comforts can increase your enjoyment and let the good times roll for several extra hours.

I mean, you CAN camp without a mosquito net but why would you want to? My

My Sport Brella Beach Chair is my investment in being able to enjoy the surf and sun all day, without feeling fried or picking sand out of my unmentionables.

The umbrella lining is UPF 50+, letting me sit in the shade with confidence well into the late afternoon.

And the best part is, it’s a durable product.

I don’t have to replace it every year, though I plan to buy a new one for my son this year.

So the secret to success this year is having all the right gear.

My Sport Brella Beach Chair is at the top of my list of summertime must haves.

Which Camping Chair Do You Need?

What is camping?

It’s an “elective outdoor recreational activity”.

In other words, it’s a wonderful thing.

To get out there in nature, and just explore and be at peace with the world.

For some, it involves hiking up to the tallest peak and it isn’t real until you wake up stiff the next morning from sleeping on the ground all night.

For others, camping involves an RV, and there is no way that you are going outside without taking a shower and watching your favorite show.

There are many different ways to go camping, and none of them are necessarily wrong.

But there are a few things that are non negotiables for everyone involved.

The first being sunscreen, because no matter what, it is not fun to be outdoors 90% of the day and have to deal with a sunburn.

Then of course you have to worry about whether or not is is UV or UVA or UVB sensitive, and if it’s for swimming or how long it will stay on your skin.

Following that thread would be bug spray, because in no way do you want to be fending off those annoying little insects during the heat of the day, or just at dusk, when the fading sun tends to bring out the worst of them all.

Another thing you would be looking for is a camping chair.

Yes! Because it is most important that you have a place to park your tush at the end of a day, surrounding a cozy fire.

Camping chairs are essential for an enjoyable experience in nature.

But which camping chair is right for you?

There are many out there, from simple little three poles and a stretch of fabric that is designed to just be enough for you, to massive lounge-style chairs that are almost the size of your tent.

What kind do you need to get?

Of course, that does depend on what kind of camping you are doing and how much equipment you are able to haul in and out of your campsite.

The nice lounge-y style chairs can vary in size.

One of the most common, which can also more commonly be found in college students dorm rooms, is the butterfly chair.

It is a rather simple piece of fabric, that is held up by a somewhat intricate assembly of steel rods.

But it is so ridiculously comfortable and the best thing ever unless you want to hang up a hammock somewhere.

And if you have ever sat in a papusan, you would know that there is not much else more comfortable than that, and they also come in camping form.

Amazon has it for about $50, so don’t be too worried about breaking the bank.

But this is of course, for more of a leisurely camping trip.

I definitely wouldn’t strap this one to my bag and hike a mountain.

If you are up for more of an adventure, you probably want to go with a more lightweight style of chair.

They can come also in different sizes, but typically the smaller, the better.

This guy has the right idea.

He made his own chair.

No matter how you choose to park your tush, just remember to enjoy yourself out there in the woods.

And watch out for those bed bugs.