The Ultimate Goth Checklist for a Day at the Beach - How to Be Goth at the Beach

Yes, you read that right! With summer in full swing, we’re sharing with you the ultimate goth checklist for a day at the beach. If you think that goths spend their summer days sorrowfully lamenting the sunshine, think again. While a gothic persuasion does imply a bit more preparation than that of your typical beachgoer, there is no reason for goths to deprive themselves of the beach. So, without further ado, here are a few tips on how to be goth at the beach:

1) High SPF Sunscreen

To enjoy the warm rays of the sun without sacrificing your beautiful, porcelain skin, pack the highest SPF sunscreen that you can get a hold of. Think SPF 50 or greater. Apply liberally both before and while at the beach to maintain your gothic complexion.

2) A Parasol

Regardless of the strength of the sunscreen, one can only endure a limited amount of time in direct sunlight, so an indispensable tool to help you protect your skin is a parasol. Not only will it prevent you from overheating, but it can also double as a stylish beach accessory.

3) A Book

There is nothing quite like getting lost in a captivating gothic novel or fantasy while relaxing at the beach. If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend Elvira, Mistress of the Dark, available in hardcover format on our website.

4) Appropriate Clothing

What you pack in terms of clothing or what you wear will depend on whether you’re planning on taking it easy under your parasol or frolicking in the water. To keep cool, wear a light tee, in your favorite shade of black, of course.

5) Beach towel

We’re not talking about your generic, run-of-the-mill beach towel littered with pictures of tropical flowers and flamingos. Instead, chill out to the max on these fantastic coffin beach towels that ooze darkness and mystery.

6) Games

Sure, they may bring on stares from onlookers, but one has to pack lifestyle-appropriate entertainment even if they are a touch unconventional to most. Plus, who says you have to fit in at the beach?

7) Food and Drinks

Goths get hungry too, so make sure to pack ample snacks and drinks along to stay nourished and hydrated throughout your day. Skip the garden-variety beach totes and opt for these seriously cool purses and this badass lunchbox.

Do you have any other tips for a day at the beach? Share them with us by commenting below.

December 07, 2022 — Nightmare Toys