Glad you liked what you saw. PINS is amazing. Beach conditions are always changing so there
really is no normal. Some days, the driving is highway smooth; others, it's practically impassable.
1-361-949-8175 is the number to call when planning a trip. It is a pre-recorded message that is updated daily
giving conditions on the beach, driving, weather, fishing, tar balls and even jellyfish.
For emergencies, a shovel is the bare minimum. then maybe a high lift jack, tow strap and some chains.
Then maybe a can or two of fix-a-flat and a tire plug kit.
If you plan and pack properly, a trailer isn't necessary for a night or two stay on the beach. A hitched mounted
carrier should be sufficient for extra gear.
35 gallons is a bit much unless your trucking the whole family. Aqua-tainer has a 7 gallon BPA free water container
that should be plenty enough for 1-2 people.
If you wade out or have long casting gear, the second gut can be easily accessed. A kayak is only needed is you want to
get large baits out past the third bar in hopes of big sharks.
Hope these tips help you out. See you on the beach!