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Have a Splashing Good Time at the Beach!

  By: Jacquelyn Eurice

With a little preparation and these fabulous tips, your trip to the beach will be fun, safe, and comfortable!

Getting Ready to Go

  • Become a minimalist: The more you take, the more you’ll have to clean. There are many lightweight and easy-to-carry products on the market that make going to the beach a sea-breeze, such as backpack chairs with built-in bags or easy-drying zip-up beach blankets. Inflate rafts at the beach and carry beach toys in a mesh laundry basket to sieve out the sand.
  • Apply your first application of sun-block at home so it has time to soak into your skin and you can get the more intimate areas along the bathing suit line with privacy.
  • Bring some sealable plastic bags to keep electronics dry. You can use them later to bring home a new seashell collection.
  • Remove linings from children’s bathing suits to prevent sand-filled droopy drawers.
  • Freeze the water in your water bottles so they can serve two purposes: frozen ice packs and a refreshing drink. Be sure to pour out about an inch of water before freezing so the water can expand.

Tips and Tricks

  • We try to stay vigilant but accidents do happen. If you momentarily lose sight of your kids while they’re exploring the beach, statistics have shown that they’ll likely be downwind from your current location. Look there first. (It’s just easier for them to go that way!)
  • If stung by a jellyfish, the Mayo Clinic advises that you scrape or pluck off any additional tentacles (be careful, they can still sting!) and rinse with vinegar. Then douse the affected area in hot water—as hot as you can stand it. Follow up with a pain medication or a soothing lotion such as calamine for added relief. Seek medical attention for severe stings or allergic reactions that can stem from the jellyfish’s attack.
  • Use cleaned-out sunscreen containers to hide valuables. Using a clean tube, make a slit on the flat end at the bottom, adhere Velcro strips to the inside, and voila, a perfect hiding place.
  • Bring along some leave-in conditioner and apply it to your hair when you come out of the salt water to prevent tangles later when your hair dries.
  • Pack your Sunny Day Guide for money-saving coupons. Perhaps forgo the heavy cooler and instead plan on lunch at the beach at a discount! Plus, interesting articles about the area will give you some great reading material and help you plan the rest of your vacation.

Leaving the Beach Behind

  • When you first come out of the sun, try putting some vinegar on your sunburn (being careful not to get any in the eyes) and showering 20 minutes later. Vinegar balances the skin’s pH, takes most of the sting out, and reduces blisters that lead to peeling. It really works!
  • Freeze some aloe vera in ice cube trays for extra-soothing relief from sunburn.
  • Baby powder is miraculous when it comes to removing sand from your feet. Just rub some on to make the sand fall off.

More than just surf, sand and sun!

Here are some beach games that are tons of fun and easy to bring along:

  • Ladder Toss
  • Cornhole
  • Throw a Football
  • Beach Volleyball
  • Ring Toss
  • Paddleball
  • Disc Game
  • Scoop Ball

 

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