Theresa's Mixed Nuts: Sand-Free Beach Lounging With Gecko

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Sand-Free Beach Lounging With Gecko

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I don't think there's a better way to spend a day than spending it on the beach. The warmth, the lull of the waves lapping up on the shore, digging my toes in the sand. I could sit on the beach every day of my life and be blissfully content. We try really hard to get to the beach every week. If we get there early enough, the kids like to swim or we'll rent a kayak. If we get there a little later, we'll play Frisbee or volleyball. On Sunday evenings, local musicians put on a free show for the crowd, which is always fun to attend.



I do love me some beach time, but I'm a firm believer that the beach should stay where it belongs, and not try to hitch a ride home with me. Nothing ruins a good day at the beach like dragging a ton of sand into the car, then dumping more out of your bag onto your floors when you get home. Messy, messy! Beach towels are a magnet for locking in sand, and even though I give them a good shake at the end of the day, they still manage to hang on to a ton of sand! This used to be a crummy issue to deal with, but I've found an amazing solution with the Gecko Parasheet Beach Blanket.




Made with 100% Parachute Nylon, it's the perfect solution for a sand-free day at the beach. It's lightweight (weighs less than 1 pound!), yet durable, and the nylon is a fast-drying material. 4 corner sand pockets keep the blanket weighted down when filled with sand or gravel, so it won't blow away on windy days. It spreads 7 by 6.5 feet, so it's plenty roomy for several people to lounge on. It also has snaps, so you can click together additional blankets for an even bigger crowd. The best part for me is the smooth surface that allows me to shake all sand off the blanket quickly and completely, so now I am not dragging any sand into the car or my home at the end of the day.





The only complaint I have is it didn't come with instructions. I was confused by the rubber bands on the 4 corners and thought maybe I was missing some tent stakes to keep it attached to the ground. It took me a minute to realize that I was supposed to flip it over and fill the pockets with sand in order for it to be weighted down. The rubber bands are in place in case you want to use tent stakes, which do not come with the blanket, so you'll have to purchase those separately if you wish to weigh it down that way.

The blanket is very versatile. Not only can it be used at the beach, you can use it for picnics, as a sun shade or a car seat over. It rolls up to about the size of a tee shirt and fits snugly in its carrying case, which can be tossed into your beach bag or purse, or even a coat pocket. It's machine washable, and I have washed it several times (line drying) and have not noticed any color fade or shrinkage.


Overall, I am very pleased with my new beach blanket! The Gecko Parasheet Beach Blanket is available in both blue and green, and can be purchased at Amazon.

How often do you get to the beach each summer? Do you have any tips to stay sand-free on beach outings?

23 comments:

  1. and that Gecko trademark sign is so charming :)

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  2. I needed your beach blanket last week while we were on vacation at Sandbridge Island. So much sand!! And it gets in everything.

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  3. I hate dragging a ton of sand into the car, too! That sounds like an awesome blanket!

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  4. I need this! We live in Florida and the beach is at our doorstep, sounds like a better option then bringing a sheet to the beach!

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  5. I like the convenience of this and the fact it's light weight. Looks great.

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  6. This sounds really great for the beach. I hate getting sand on my towels by sitting on them.

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  7. Sadly we never go to the beach. Here its pretty far and it's so cold no one on the whole beach even goes in. I wish I lived back home we had amazing beaches, this would be PERFECT for ! - jeanine

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  8. Sure sounds like a great one. Not sure I'd want to live at the beach though, as sand does creep up in places sand shouldn't creep lol

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  9. Well this would come in handy for a variety of situations. It sounds much better than a sand covered towel.

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  10. That sounds like an amazing towel. I will have to get one of these. Amber N

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  11. This looks like a neat blanket. I like that you can put sand in the corners to keep it from blowing around.

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  12. Ah, I need one of these Geko blankets - we are going to spend a week at the beach in August. I hate how sand gets all in the towels too. This looks like a great solution!

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  13. I haven't been to the beach in years

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  14. I love some beach time too but hate how all the sand gets into everything. This is a great way to deal with that problem.

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  15. There are no beaches here in Nebraska. Not even in the surrounding states. I'm jealous! I love that towel. How cool!

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  16. I need one of these! I like that is has sand pockets to weigh it down. I hate when my towel blows up in the wind and sends sand flying everywhere.

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  17. We go to the beach as often as we can during summer. That looks like a really nice blanket.

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  18. I could use a blanket like that, and I love that it has its own bag. I'm with you, the beach is rocking awesome (when it's on the beach and not on our floors).

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  19. Such a cute blanket with a bag. I have not been to a beach in awhile. Ironically I love beaches, even though I cannot swim.
    Lovely clicks!

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  20. Looks so much fun! I am missing the beach now 😢 Last year we stayed close to the beach now our city is at higher ground far away from the sea sigh...

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  21. Looks like a load of fun! I so wish we could go to the beach.

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  22. I am dying to go to the beach....and such a neat beach blanket..

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  23. I don't have any tips to staying sand free. I always seem to end up with sand everywhere. This cloth looks like a great way to reduce that some.

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