4. If you’re heading to the beach, take a bottle of baby powder
It helps get sand off much faster, so you can take the five minutes you’d normally spend flagellating yourself with a towel and put it towards beating the shoobies heading back from the beach.
5. Also, bring your bed to the beach or the park
No, not literally -- instead of a towel, bring a fitted sheet and prop up the inside corners with everyone’s stuff to weigh them down. It provides a neat little sand barrier and saves you time at the end of the day when you don’t have to shake the Sahara desert out of your stuff (although good luck folding it. No one knows how to fold a fitted sheet.) This also works for picnics, as the sides can act as a deterrent for any visiting ants -- not the fun kind that send you a cool fifty for your birthday.
6. If you're ditching nature for a movie...
Up your visual experience by upping your audio experience. Everyone pretty much knows to viciously fight for the seats about 2/3 back in a theater -- it's the best place to see the film, and closest to where the audio techs work to get the sound just right. If the theater still uses an older audio system (and many do), sitting just a little left or right of center will get you right in the sweet spot of the stereo effect -- which is great, because you didn't spend half a month's rent on tickets and concession food just to listen to your friends go "Wait, what did he say? I missed it after the third explosion!"