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Ten Tips to Ensure a Great Day at the Beach

Summer is (unofficially) here, and that means packing up the car and heading to the beach. Everyone knows the word “beach” is synonymous with “relaxation”, but not adequately preparing for your time there can cause a lot of pain, heartache, and sunburn! Check out these ten tips to help you ensure that you’ll have a great day at the beach.

1. Check the Reports

Before you bother to hit the sand, check the weather and tide reports. Any chance of thunderstorms, or dangerous rip currents, can certainly put a damper on your day. Use this information to modify your plans, or possibly reschedule altogether if necessary.

2. Protect Your Skin

Apply waterproof sunscreen and wear a hat. Often people are so anxious to get to the beach that they skip this one crucial step. Others forgo it because they want to get a nice, dark tan and forget that many of us burn before we bronze. Go for a non-toxic sunscreen and wear a wide-brimmed hat that offers shade to your neck and face.

3. Cover Your Eyes

The glare of the sun off of sand and water can do some serious damage to your eyes. Purchase sunglasses that block both UVA and UVB rays, and make sure even the kids have a quality pair to wear. Just be careful when you’re in the ocean. Many a pair of sunglasses have been knocked off by a rogue wave and lost forever!

4. Remember Your Feet

Nothing’s worse than walking up to the sand and realizing that it’s a scorching bed of fiery pain for your poor feet because you forgot to wear shoes. Flip flops and sandals are no good because your feet are still exposed. Choose waterproof shoes specifically made for swimming. Other dangers to your feet include broken shells, stranded jellyfish, and crabby crabs.

5. Get Shady

In addition to sunscreen, a hat, sunglasses, and the right shoes, ensure you have some shade to retreat to. A large umbrella nestled in the sand is the perfect place to duck under to get out of the hot, draining rays of the sun. Refresh, recharge, and get back to the fun!

6. Towel Time

Even if you don’t plan to take a dip in the sea, bring some towels along. Buy the biggest, softest beach towels you can find and use them to dry off, brush sand from your body, or to lay on when relaxing.

7. Beach Blanket Bingo

Even if you bring giant beach towels with you, a large blanket is essential to keeping yourself from being coated with sand. Be sure to weigh down the four corners of your blanket so it won’t blow away.

8. Take a Seat

Sometimes the sand is simply too hot to handle. Get up off the ground with beach chairs. These usually come enclosed in handy carrying bags, so taking them along is a breeze.

9. Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

You may be having too much fun to realize how thirsty you are, but sand, saltwater, and the blazing sun can dehydrate you faster than normal. Bring more water than you need, and make sure it’s filled up with ice to keep it cold and refreshing.

10. Have a Snack Attack

Not only will you get thirsty at the beach, but you’ll wish you’d brought snacks if you didn’t! As tempting as it is to bring salty junk food, try to include fruit and chopped veggies that have a high water content. Grapes, cucumber slices, pickles, celery, and watermelon are all excellent beach snacks. Don't forget to clean up after yourself. Leaving trash, wrappers, plastic bags, and other litter behind is bad news for nature.

A little preparation goes a long way. A day at the beach can be, well, a day at the beach when you take these handy tips to heart.

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