Yes, its the winter months and it’s still snowing in some places and raining in others but…not everywhere. If you are lucky, you live in a tropical climate or an all year round warm climate like Los Angeles or Florida and you are currently enjoying some sunshine and some beach time. Or maybe you are fed up with your cold weather and you are currently planning a tropical vacation to a warm climate. If you fall in any of the aforementioned two categories, then this article is for you. Below are tips and suggestions on how to plan the perfect beach trip or beach day.
What you will Need
You will need a lot of things for the beach of course but below I’m going to list three important things that easily get overlooked or forgotten. Taking these three things will save you a lot of hassle. Thank me later.
Yes, you know what this is but many people think they don’t need it all the time. You do. You might think you are planning a simple trip to the beach and you don’t need to take a bag but you will need a list of things or a place to put your stuff when you get to the beach and you will regret not taking one with you. Get yourself a durable and stylish beach bag from the Best Beach Bags out there and you will be glad you did. Thank me later. You can also carry a sand-free beach bag. Sand is so much fun when you’re at the beach. However, it’s a huge annoyance when you get home and find that it’s covered virtually everything you own. With this in mind, try getting a mesh tote bag for carrying your things. Just give it a few shakes at the end of the day, and the sand will fall out.
Sunglasses can be used all year round but they come in very handy in the summer. When shopping for sunglasses be sure to get the ones that have ultraviolet (UV) protection from the sun. Sunglass can take any look up a notch and that includes your beach look. Even if you are not going to a beach on a sunny day, perhaps a beach in San Francisco or Seattle and you think you don’t need sunglasses, think again. It gets pretty windy on the beach and your sunglasses will prevent you from tearing up after a huge burst of wind
You also need this even when it’s not sunny. It is very important to put on sunscreen all year round but even more important in the summer and when you are on the beach scantily clad and with a lot of skin exposed to the sun. Sunscreen is vital in helping prevent cancer as it protects you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Overexposure to the sun can cause sunburn, skin cancer, wrinkling of the skin and a ton of other conditions that can be prevented by putting on sunscreen. For best results, you should apply sunscreen approximately 30 minutes before you go out in the sun so it can be absorbed by your skin and hence less susceptible to being washed off by your sweat. Always reapply sunscreen after you go swimming or take a dip in the pool or after exercising. Wear hats and protective clothing (like cover-ups) if you’re going to be in the sun for long.
Now we got the major items you need checked off, let’s talk about other beach hacks that would make your beach trip or vacation worthwhile.
Other Beach Hacks and Tips
- Pack some bug spray. Getting bitten by insects is no picnic, so don’t get caught without bug spray in case the bugs are out.
- Add a flotation device (or cork) to your keys. This is a great way to ensure your keys don’t sink to the bottom of the ocean’s floor if you accidentally drop them.
- Learn how to identify rip currents. You can learn to spot a rip current by looking for a break in the incoming wave pattern, a line of debris, seaweed or foam steadily moving seaward, a channel of choppy, churning water or a notable difference in water color in a specific area. According to the United States Lifesaving Association, the annual number of fatalities due to rip currents on American beaches is over 100, so it’s imperative to be aware of this natural threat.
- Learn how to avoid and get out of rip currents. It’s good practice to only swim at beaches with lifeguard protection and obey all their orders and instructions. If you do get caught in a rip current, remain calm and don’t fight the current. Instead, start swimming parallel to shore, and once you are out of the current, start swimming toward the shoreline. If this isn’t possible, float or tread water. If this still doesn’t work, wave and yell for help. Similarly, if you see someone in trouble, get the lifeguard immediately or call 9-1-1. Never jump in to save the person yourself.
- Bring plenty of bags. Plastic bags are not good for the environment, so carry organic or recycled bags to the beach to ensure you have somewhere to collect your trash before you put it in the garbage. Alternatively, you can use a reusable bag you can dump your trash out of and wash.
- Pack lunches separately. Pack lots of small lunch containers. When you bring lots of food in separate containers, if one sandwich falls onto the sand, you will only lose that sandwich and not the whole lot.
- Keep a dust broom in the car. Buy a soft-bristled dust broom from any hardware store and keep it for brushing down any last sand from your body, clothes, and footwear before you set off for the drive home.
- Bring cupcake liners. Place cupcake liners on the top of your drinks. They can keep both bugs and sand at bay. Cupcake liners can also be used to catch drips from popsicles.
- Bring along any medications your family needs. Remember to bring along any medications you or your family need, such as asthma inhalers, etc. It’s imperative you don’t forget to bring any important medications due to being overly focused on your beach preparations.
- Wear flip-flops or rubber sandals in the water. To minimize the likelihood of getting cuts and grazes on your feet, wear flip-flops or rubber sandals when walking along a stony shore. (this is also a great tip when you are going to the lake.
- Bring a mineral water facial spray along with you. This will refresh your skin when it’s feeling a little jaded by the sun.
- Slather on some baby oil if you’ve just shaved your legs. Salt water stings the newly shaved skin. To combat this, try applying a layer of baby oil over your legs to keep them comfortable and sting-free throughout the day.
- Bring a yoga mat. If you value your comfort, lie on a yoga mat instead of a towel to enjoy its waterproof and cushioned comfort.
- Apply a leave-in conditioner to your hair. Both the sun and salt water can cause damage to your hair, and they can harm your color, too. To combat this, use a leave-in conditioner that contains a UV protectant.
- Use lip balm. The sun, heat and salt water at the beach can dry your lips out, so ensure you regularly apply a lip balm containing SPF sun protection.