Want to ensure that your next beach trip is as smooth as your beach body? Read our list of tips and tricks to help make your next barefoot holiday more enjoyable and fabulous.
1. Eat a good breakfast A hearty breakfast before heading to the beach is a great idea. It’s easy to lose track of time when you’re enjoying yourself and the heat can sap your appetite, leading to dehydration. So start the day with a good meal for lots of fun in the sun.
2. Get to the beach early
Get the most out of a beautiful day by heading to the beach early in the day. Generally it’s not as crowded, and although the water might be a little cooler than in the afternoon, it will feel refreshing and still as marvellous. It’s easier on your skin too, as the sun doesn’t shine as intensely in the morning.
3. Bring lots of the right sunscreen
Everyone knows that they need to protect their skin from sun damage but do you know what factor sunscreen you should use? Nowadays most experts recommend nothing less than SPF 30. Remember, don’t just bring it to the beach, slather it on regularly around every hour or so. If you’re fair-skinned or in and out of the water, you may need to apply the sunscreen more often.
4. Protect your electronics
In this connected world, chances are you’ll be bringing your mobile phone to the beach and sometimes a tablet or other electronic devices. Sand and water can be a death sentence for gadgets. Hate to take them, but hate to be without them? Never worry about them getting soaked or sandy again by storing them in a ziplock plastic bag
5. Hide your valuables
You may think that putting your money, keys and other stuff in your shoes is a great idea. Well so do the thieves! Instead of doing the obvious, hide your valuables somewhere no one will think to look, like wrapped up in a baby’s nappy (clean of course!) or an empty pop bottle.
6. Be sociable
The beach is a great melting pot. Every type of person, couple and family will be at the shore. Even if you don’t want to talk to others, good etiquette demands at least a hello to those lying next to you on the sand. Who knows? You might even make new friends.
7. Drink lots of water
Staying hydrated is important every day but especially on beach days. The best way is to take lots of bottles of water with you. If you don’t have a cooler with you, why not keep some bottles in the freezer to take with you. That way your water will keep cool for longer. If you don’t want to carry bottles with you make sure you’re heading to a beach where there is somewhere to buy or get drinking water.
8. Don’t sleep on the beach
With waves lapping on the sure and a lovely warm sun on your body it can be very tempting to take a nap, but it can lead to serious sunburn. If you want to get some sleep, always make sure you’re under the shade. Remember, the sun moves around and so a beach umbrella won’t always have shade in the same place.
9. Don’t go out too far on the water
Even strong swimmers can get into trouble swimming in tidal waters. If you are on an inflatable, like a lilo, you can end up drifting out to sea even on the tideless Mediterranean. So stay safe, stay close to the shore.
10. Don’t swim with jellyfish
If you hear of jellyfish sightings, avoid swimming in that area. Jellyfish stings can turn a wonderful day at the beach into a disaster. Jellyfish stings can be dangerous and require a trip to casualty. Protect yourself as much as possible and if you can, wear a ‘stinger suit’ as they call them in Australia (a special wet-suit).
11. Don’t force youngsters into the water
It’s not funny if little ones are forced into the water. If they are scared it could put them off swimming for life. Let them get in at their own pace. Your patience will be rewarded when you see their happy little faces as they splash around
12. Take games and books There is plenty to do at the beach: swimming; looking in rock pools; walking along the shore; to name but a few. But it is always good to be prepared to keep the kids and adults occupied. Take things to play active games with, like a football, bat and ball, frisbee, etc as well as something to do when you’re chilling. Crossword puzzles and novels are great for passing the time while you top up your tan.
13. Don’t take your camera into the surf
Splashing waves are a great way to ruin your camera or smartphone. Take your pics away from the surf to ensure you keep your memories, and your equipment, safe and dry.
14. Save the alcohol for sundowners
While a cold beer can seem like just what you need on your sunbed, it can quickly dehydrate you. Why not treat yourself to an alcoholic drink when you come off the beach? It tastes twice as good when you’ve been waiting for it!
15. Get rid of the sand
There is nothing so annoying as having stubborn sand sticking to your hands, arms, legs and feet. Baby powder isn’t just for babies, it can also take all that sand off your body. Don’t try and rub or wash sand off, instead shake some baby powder onto it. In no time at all, you’ll have silky and fragrant sand-free skin.
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