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So here is the thing a friend and me are going camping close to the end of January on the north side of South Padre Island Texas. Never camped on a beach before especially not during winter, luckily the winters here don't get too cold but I am expecting some strong cold winds from the gulf. what I got so far for the camping trip is the following:

Vehicle: 1995 GMC YUKON Z71 2Door with 33inch Nitto Terragrapplers
2 tool boxes with assorted tools in metric and inches
Wire cutters and plyers
10,000 tow strap and a smaller 2,000 strap
small hydraulic floor jack
full size spare tire
First aid kit
A small collapsible shovel
Air compressor
Large roll of duct tape
2 flashlights
a small alcohol stove with a small bottle of alcohol and matches
a 5 1/2 knife with magnesium fire starter.
Food

what I'm thinking of getting for the trip is
small gas stove
new tent
another sleeping bag for my friend
some sacks to fill with sand and use as anchors for the tent
A radio since I'm not sure if there is any cellphone signal in that area


anything else I should pack and any tips for camping on a beach? I know already to camp as close to the dunes as possible because of the high tide and that I'll set the entrance of the tent facing the dunes cause of the cold winds that come from the gulf.

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PostPosted: Sat Oct 20, 2012 11:37 pm 
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I don't know if your beach sand is like our beach sand.....But it's better to stop at a good spot and tote everything the rest of the way to the camp site, than to drive just a little too far and get stuck. :gonk:

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Take wood for camp fires. I believe they allow pit fires in that area. (I know Port Aransas does, maybe check before you go).
Be sure to take a whisk brush/broom to deal with the sand in the tent.
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I don't know if your beach sand is like our beach sand.....But it's better to stop at a good spot and tote everything the rest of the way to the camp site, than to drive just a little too far and get stuck. :gonk:


I was planning on buying a pair of ramps like the ones you would use to load an atv onto a pickup bed to use like sand ladders if that happens and hopefully I'll have a winch installed too by then.

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Not to insult,

Tell someone where you are going, where you plan on camping and when you expect to be back home.

Check the weather just before you go - a bad storm could make the trip more than a failure, it could make it fatal.

TaKe extra water, I know I could never get enough to keep the sand under control when I was there last - but is was summer...

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Plan for everything to be wet, all the time. That's the extent of my experience based on camping on or near beaches.

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TacAir wrote:
Not to insult,

Tell someone where you are going, where you plan on camping and when you expect to be back home.
I am including some friends with highly modified offroad rigs and members of the local jeep club in case things get really rough
Check the weather just before you go - a bad storm could make the trip more than a failure, it could make it fatal.
That's a very good tip I'll take that in consideration
TaKe extra water, I know I could never get enough to keep the sand under control when I was there last - but is was summer...
I'm thinking of getting 1 or 2 of those 5 gallon water jerry cans
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Dakota pit fire is a good way to keep the smoke off you on a windy beach, easy to cook on, easy to bury. Tents often get condensation something to consider. Dig your tent down deep in the sand-weight it with rocks, notice the tide line in the sand to see how far the water comes up.

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- There is a lot of traffic on the beach, make sure your not sleeping where the early morning fishermen are going to run over you before dawn. Some folks take those little reflectors on a stick you see next to driveways. Also look out for the big oil/gas trucks that are working the island.

- The wind can really suck, sand will be everywhere in everything. You can try to use your vehicle as a wind break (it will still go under) some people use tarps or even plywood to get some relief from the wind.

- Don't set up right on the grassline, mice/snakes/coyotes etc. live there

- Take all the gas you can hold and a jerry can. The loamy sand will kill your gas mileage and there ain't no convenient gas stations.

- It ain't like Gilligan's Island.


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