Listening to podcasts on my iPod at the beach was stupendous! I made a safe bag for putting my iPod in the beach bag. I punched a hole large enough to thread the headphone cord through and zipped it up. This is a pint freezer bag, which is hard to find, but a quart size would work too! I love being an inventor.
I would never have thought that you could listen to your own music, books or podcasts without bothering others, answer a txt message or feed crackers to seagulls all while taking photos at the beach.
When I was a kid, the beach meant listening to music from a NY station on a transistor radio, and smelling the aroma of suntan oil. My mother used to apply nailpolish and read fashion magazines (while smoking of course)!
I miss the smell of french fries with vinegar. It's a Rhode Island favorite.