Heading to the beach is a great way to have a memorable date on the cheap. You won’t look like a cheapskate for taking her down to the water, but it will definitely save you money. Unfortunately, the beach has a knack of being worse in real life than it is in the movies. If you want your date to go well, follow these steps to guard against the truth of nature.
Bring a Jacket No Matter What
The wind from the sea can be chilly no matter how nice the day is. Even if you’ll be fine, you should bring a jacket for your lady no matter what. A nice big man’s jacket is exactly the kind of thing that will keep her on the beach longer. The longer she’s there the longer you have to impress her with a great date.
Weigh down the Blanket
If your beach doesn’t have medium smooth rocks to weight down the edges of your blanket you should bring a couple of bricks along. It’s a pain to cart them out, but blankets always shift on the sand. The edges will blow up in a bridge and coat you, your date, and your food with sand if you’re not careful.
Don’t bring anything difficult to eat at the beach. You might see a steak dinner in a romantic film, but you’d be better off with sandwiches. Small food that can be easily covered up and protected from the sand is the key to a great beach meal. Sticky, bulky foods are all but guaranteed to be a problem. Foods that can tip over and spill are also not a great plan. Serve drinks in containers with lids, just in case.
Anyone who’s ever been to a beach knows that you can’t actually bring too many towels. They get coated with sand, they get dropped in the surf, and they never quite dry you off as much as you’d like them to. If you’re heading to the beach with only one towel each you don’t have enough towels. They’re not big or heavy, so bringing two per person should be no hardship. You can use one for wiping off the sand and the other for sunbathing, lounging, or protecting your car on the ride home.
Pick an Unpopular Beach
The most basic secret to having a romantic time at the beach is to pick an unpopular beach. You want to have privacy. You should be able to feel like the only two people who matter, and that’s very hard to do if you can’t find six square feet of beach to spread your things out on. If you can’t find a good beach that isn’t popular, try going at an unusual time. Bring flashlights and enjoy a little moonlight picnic to have some privacy.
With a little forethought and planning you can turn any pebble beach into the best date of her life. Keep these tips in mind when you’re trying to wow her for cheap.