What to bring varies greatly between indoor and beach volleyball. Many people know that for indoor you need to bring shoes, change of shirt, and so forth. For the beach, it’s a little more laid back.
To be considered a real beach volleyball player, you will need to bring these items:
#1. Two Pairs of Shorts/Spandex. This generally depends on the type of player you are. If you are a rec player, this is more high recommended. The reason is because rec players tend to not have proper playing shorts, which have better material, which will last longer. Also recommended for more competitive players, just in case you dive on a rock or get a random tear.
#2. Sunscreen. It doesn’t matter if the weather is rain or snow, there is always the chance that the sun will peak through the clouds and that means a chance to burn. If you want to stay playing beach and not have to take time off to nurse a burn, you will need to bring sunscreen every time. Spray works best because ease of application and general application time. Would recommend a lotion for the face however because, through experience, they tend to not run into your eyes as much; which will put a stop to any game.#2. Two Pairs of Shorts/Spandex. This generally depends on the type of player you are. If you are a rec player, this is more high recommended. The reason is because rec players tend to not have proper playing shorts, which have better material, which will last longer. Also recommended for more competitive players, just in case you dive on a rock or get a random tear.
#3. Two Towels. There are many reason why it is a good idea to bring two towels: a friend might need one, you might lose one, one might get dirty, etc. Here are our reasons why two are ideal. Use one towel to sit on (even if you bring a chair) and use the other to clean yourself off with. TIP- if you don’t want to shower, run half the cleaner towel under water to wipe off the sunscreen and sand, and use the dry half to dry off.
#4. Hat or Sunglasses. Not everyone wears UV protective accessories. Sometimes people just don’t like having things on their face or have had a bad experience. If you are new to the game however, it would be recommended you try both to see if you have a preference. The other bonus is that when you are not playing, you can protect your eyes and face from the sun while resting on the side.
#5. Water and Food. This goes without saying but you need nourishment. There is a long list of things that can be brought but we’ll only talk about a few. Bananas (or Powerade). Bring these to prevent cramping. Hot day, would recommend Powerade due to the odds of being thirsty. Colder day, go bananas. 2L jug of water. This works great because there will always be more than needed, it’s cheap, it’s reusable, and it’s not as easy to lose. Granola bars. These are quick sources of protein and carbs which, while playing, you will burn a lot of. Sandwich. Make your favorite sandwich and bring it to the beach. You need something that is filling and can keep you going. If you are feeling adventurous, you can also bring fruits, which are a great way to replenish your sugars.
#6. Two Shirts. This one is again very obvious. You will need a shirt to arrive/leave in, and you will need a shirt to play in. Even if it’s summer time Vegas weather, you never know when the wind and/or rain will pick up.
#7. Light to Medium Jacket. On days when you don’t know what the weather will do, it is always safe to have a jacket at the ready to keep yourself dry/warm. When you know the weather will be hot, bring a light rainproof jacket and when the weather is up in the air, bring a medium jacket in case of temperature shifts.
#8. Backpack or Sports Bag. Simple enough, you just need a place to put everything.
#9. Deodorant. This is important for more reasons that one. If you are driving home, you don’t want your car to completely smell of the beach and sweat. If you are driving someone home in your car, you don’t want them to suffer. If you are taking the bus, you don’t want people around you to slowly slink away in disgust. A lot of times, people will go for food later. Do not make your server regret coming to work that day.
#10. Appropriate Footwear. Depending on what you have planned for later in the evening, there are 3 different options: slip on shoes, flip-flops, and sandals (sometimes even crocks will work). If you intend on just staying at the beach then going home after, go with sandals (the kind that have the support going over top the foot). If you might be going out and about after, go with flip-flops or slip on shoes (depending on how nice of a place you are going).
#11. Volleyball. This one is pretty obvious but sometimes people forget. If you are going with a big group of people than the odds of there already being balls at the ready are high. If it’s just you and 3 others getting in some good games, bring your ball because it always helps to have options for the better ball.
Bonus #12. Music and Speakers. Everyone is generally happy when music comes to the beach so make sure if you do bring it, you have a large array of genres to pick from, so you can hopefully please everyone’s ears. You can’t really go wrong with old school hip hop and 90’s one hit wonders.