I know it seems simple, you go to the beach, look for shiny things, put them in your pocket, then continue on your merry way. You could do it that way, but if you follow my Guide to Beach Combing, you will get the most out of your experience.
*These are all my own photos.
*This Instructable was improved thanks to suggestions from other members of Instructables.com
Step 1: Gear
You will need:
Proper foot wear
Flip flops will suffice, but I wear my felt bottomed scuba booties because they provide excellent protection against sharp objects, plus they grip slippery surfaces.
I try to take two bags with me. One plastic shopping bag and one canvas bag. You'll see the reasoning behind this later.
Sun Screen or protective clothing
Just do it. It won't kill you to wear it. It could kill you to not. This holds true even if you don't live in the tropics or sub-tropics.
It needs to have a neck strap or fit in your pocket. You don't want to drop it while you're bending over to pick up your treasures.
Metal Detector (optional)