Warm sand. Cool breezes. Refreshing water. With so much to offer, it's no wonder why folks love to spend summer days relaxing at the beach. A day at the beach is a great way to connect with your family and friends, take in the wonders of nature, and unplug from your electronics. But before you put your toes in the sand, be sure to prepare with these helpful tips to help you make the most of your beach getaway.
- Stay protected. Nothing can ruin a great day at the beach like painful sunburn. Be sure to pack sunscreen and reapply every two hours. For additional sun protection, bring a hat, wear protective lip balm, and put up an umbrella and sit in the shade.
- Pack food and drinks. If you plan to spend your entire day on the sand, pack a lunch, some snacks, and water in a cooler to ensure you stay nourished and hydrated. By bringing your own snacks and drinks, you'll avoid the high prices at the snack bar or vending machines.
- Bring a beach chair. Lying out on a towel can be nice, but pack a chair to help avoid the hot sand. A chair also makes two favorite beach activities easier — people watching and enjoying snacks.
- Get an early start. You'll avoid having to sit in traffic in a hot car, ensure you get a good parking space, and have your choice of the best spots on the beach.
- Stay near the lifeguard. For maximum safety, swim in areas that are within the range of lifeguards, and follow instructions on water conditions, including dangerous currents.
- Pack dry clothes. There's nothing more uncomfortable than a long drive home in a sandy bathing suit. You can avoid that discomfort by packing an extra set of clothes and fresh towels for showering or wiping off sand.
- Get ready for fun and games. No trip to the beach would be complete without shovels and pails for making sandcastles. Also bring along body boards to play in the waves, a good read for relaxation, as well as music to enjoy.
- Check the weather. Your smartphone or computer isn't just great for surfing your favorite sites; it's also a great way to get the weather report before you head out. That way, you'll know just what to bring and can plan your day accordingly.
Once you've done all that, you can take care of the most important task — having fun in the sun.