The basics about shelling

Shelling is an awesome family activity in the summer and can be the perfect way to to kickstart any day when you’re on vacation. Today, we’re going to talk about the basics – what you need, when to go and how to find the best possible spots to find the best possible shells. 

Let’s jump right in!

What you need

We definitely recommend a few basics if you’re going to go shelling. First, you’ll want to be wearing sandals. Some areas of the beach will be covered in debris that might not feel great on the feet – and sometimes you’ll be tromping around during tide times – meaning jellyfish and other stingy-sea creatures might be laying about. So make sure your feet are protected. 

Second, you’ll want to make sure you’ve got a bucket for your shells, but we also recommend bringing a sieve and a scoop. Some of the best shells can get a bit buried, so this will allow you to potentially find some interesting jems. For you older folks, having that scoop might help with constantly having to bend down. 

Going at the right time

It’s mostly a universally accepted rule that the best time to shell is at low-tide or when the water is going out. Most shells make their way up onto the beach during those times. The other best time to go shelling? Any time after a full moon or a big storm. Storms in particular cause a lot of ocean churn, which will in turn wash up a ton of shells onto the beach. And last but not least – try going earlier in the morning. Perhaps even pack a nice beach picnic! That way, you’ll get to the shells before anyone else does. 

Finding the best spots

Some shellers hoard their prime shelling spots like government secrets so good luck getting any info out of them! However, sound shelling spots are often places a little bit more off the beaten path – particularly to less popular beaches where there’s less overall human traffic on the beach. Also don’t sleep on state parks – particularly in areas down south in Florida and along the gulf coast. Also don’t be afraid to check out smaller alcoves and inlets as some great shells wash up and get stuck there. 

Hopefully this will give you a great start in your shelling adventures this summer. Again – shelling is an awesome activity. Not only is it stimulating and great exercise but you can use seashells for so many other activities – particularly if you’re the crafty type. In any event, we hope you found today’s blog helpful and we’ll look forward to speaking with you again soon! Happy shelling!