It is great fun to go to the beach. Enjoying relaxation and chill out time with friends and family is an essential part of life and making memories. A beach trip, however, isn't as fun as it sounds when you get sand and salt water in places you don't want it. Here are some essential beach trip hacks and tips to help you have the most incredible beach trip ever. This complete guide to beach packing and hacks for family beach trips is here for you.
Tip and Tricks for Beach Trips:
Take these tips into consideration as you pack for your beach trip and search for where to stay:
Sand-free beach bags are a must.
When you're at the beach, it's fun to play in the sand. It is, however, a considerable annoyance when you go home and find that it covers everything you own. If you want to carry your things in a mesh bag, you should consider doing so. The sand will fall out if you shake the bag a few times at the end of the day.
It's a good idea to bring bug spray with you.
Getting bitten by insects is no picnic, so don't get caught without bug spray if the bugs are out.
Put your keys in a dry bag
If you accidentally drop your keys on the beach, or worse still in the sea, using this trick will keep them from being destroyed!
Waterproof beach bags offer the obvious benefit of protecting your belongings from damage caused by water. Waterproof beach bags are a good choice for anything involving many water crossings or sudden drenchings, jumping in and out of boats or swimming.
Put lunches in separate containers
Make sure you have lots of tiny containers in your bag. You will only lose a sandwich if sand or water gets into your bag.
In your car, always keep a handy brush!
If you want to brush off any remaining sand from your clothes, shoes, and body before you head home, you can buy a soft-bristled brush from any hardware store.
Make sure you have cupcake liners with you.
Put cupcake liners on top of your drinks. Bugs and sand can be kept at bay with them. It is also possible to use cupcake liners to catch drips from popsicles.
Waterproof First Aid Kit, bring it with you!
If you or anyone in your family needs medication, plasters or bandages, such as asthma inhalers, bring them with you. Being overly focused on beach preparations could result in you forgetting to bring any essential kit. Our handy waterproof first aid kit contains all the essentials of a stater kit, which you can tailor to make your own.
Tides pools are good places to explore.
If you're looking for a great activity, check out tidal pools right after high tide, regardless of your age! In addition to snails and starfish, you can find a variety of other mollusks. It is essential to respect these aquatic tidal communities for their abundance of life. Check the tide schedule if you want to see tide pools during low tide.
Water shoes or flip-flops are a must.
Wear flip-flops or water shoes when walking along stony shorelines to minimise your risk of getting cuts and scrapes.
Don't forget to bring a mineral water spray.
You can use this to revitalise sun-damaged skin.
TOP TIP: After shaving your legs, rub some baby oil on them.
Skin that has just been shaved is irritated by saltwater. Apply a layer of baby oil to your legs throughout the day to keep them from stinging.
Don't forget to bring your yoga mat.
Instead of lying on a towel, lie on a yoga mat for its cushioned comfort and waterproofing - great for stoney beaches and when the sun goes down.
Your hair needs a leave-in conditioner.
You can damage your hair with the sun and saltwater, which can harm your hair colours. Utilise leave-in conditioners with ultraviolet protection.
Keep your lips moisturised.
A beach trip can dry your lips out from the sun, heat, and saltwater, so wear a lip balm with SPF protection.
Bring your own green tea face mist.
Green tea is easily brewed in cold water, decanted into a bottle, and ice is added. You will also benefit from the tea's antioxidants, which can refresh and cool your skin. It's not just for your face - you can spray it anywhere on your body.
Taking the Kids to the Beach
The summer waves at the shore are fondly remembered by most of us, and these times can be made even more magical by knowing a few beach trip hacks and tricks. In addition to getting to the beach early so your kids can play a lot, you also need to consider:
Make a sponge lei.
Take some thread to the beach before you go, and add several pieces of sponge as you go. Your kids can cool down by wetting the necklace if they get too hot.
Freeze water balloons.
Frozen water bottles are a great way to keep your food cold, but thawing out water balloons can be just as fun.
Beach tents are a good idea.
You can set up a beach tent or shelter when your children need a break from the beach. Also, the weather will stay away from them when they are in them. Baby's (and adults') temperament can be severely affected by a lot of sun, heat, and wind, so being prepared by finding a safe place for everyone to rest and recharge is something you should never neglect.
Washable cuddle toys are a good choice.
Bring along your child's favourite stuffed animal or soft blanket from home if they need to take a nap in the beach tent. The presence of familiar objects around them will result in them falling asleep more quickly, making them less irritable. The toy can be washed when you get back home, which is a bonus.
Consider potty time.
Your toddler will benefit from a folding travel potty, which can be used discreetly, even in the backseat of your car. When your child is done using the potty, be sure to pack good-quality baggies to throw out the contents - and feel free to include wipes and toilet paper, as well.
Prepare extra food and water for hungry and thirsty children.
A day at the beach is full of hunger and thirst, "work." Make sure your children are well-supplied with food. When juice cartons are thawed, they make great slushies. It's also a good idea to bring plenty of snacks and water, such as cheese sticks, apples, orange slices, and grapes. Bring extra clothes for your kids; they may also meet friends at the beach.
Make eating areas sand-free.
Sandwiches with sand in them are just not fun. Take along a foldable table with water bottle holders to use for eating? There is likely a store nearby offering these items, such as a grocery store, camping supply store, or even your local DIY store. You could also eat away from the elements in an outdoor tent or your car.
Make sure your baby has everything they need
It is highly recommended that you bring more nappies, baby formula, water, pacifiers, and so forth than you think you might need. You won't need as much as you think you'll need when you have a baby with you, regardless of how much you think you will need. To protect your baby's delicate skin from the sun, bring an adequate amount of sunscreen, a sunhat, and t-shirts.
Make a haul plan.
The easiest way to get your belongings from the car to the sand is to figure out how to get all of your group's belongings with the least amount of fuss, especially if there are only one or two adults in your group. Consider purchasing a beach cart with sturdy wheels to make beach visits more enjoyable. To make your beach gear easy to cart, you can also pack it in a laundry basket.
Blow up a pool for the kids.
The small blow-up pool you bring to the beach will serve as a play yard and keep your kids occupied until everyone gets home. Playing inside, making sandcastles, and any other fun activity is acceptable.
Be aware of waves.
Making sandcastles on the beach is the best way to use the sand. Remember, however, that big waves that approach the shore can quickly sweep children out to sea. When your children are near water, always stay with them.
Observe the lifeguard closely.
Choosing a spot near the lifeguard will make it easy if your kids become lost to find you. If you are sitting at the lifeguard station, please do not sit right in front of it so that the guards have a clear path to the water.
Make a necklace from a shell.
Bring a colorful thread with you because seashells often have natural holes in them. Get your children to find shells, and string the shells on your thread. Hold each shell in place with a knot. Lastly, tie the ends together so they can be worn. Besides entertaining, you also have a nifty souvenir if you don't want to play in the sand.
Create a "Zen" sandbox.
You can have your children make you a sand, shell, and stone garden in a shoebox when they get overly demanding.
Be supportive of your children's individuality.
Let your children play in tide pools, explore marine life in the sea, and have fun on the beach. Nature is incredibly energizing and liberating for a city kid who rarely sees the ocean. Instead of playing video games on a video console or tablet in their bedrooms, you should enjoy watching your children play outdoors.
Plan your exit strategy.
Be sure to let your kids know what time you will be leaving and collect their things ahead of time, so they don't throw temper tantrums as you go.
Tips and Tricks for Sunscreen and Sunburn on a beach trip:
You are wearing sunscreen, and reapplying it frequently while outdoors is imperative. If you do everything right, it's still possible to get burned. Immediately seek medical attention if you experience severe blisters, nausea, or severe pain resulting from severe sunburn.
According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, sun exposure is responsible for the aging of the skin in 90% of all cases. Here are a few tips to soothe your sunburn and prevent it from peeling, in case it is minor:
Sunscreen should be chilled. In the cooler, store your sunscreen. During application (and reapplication), you will also be helping your body cool down.
Apply sunscreen and reapply it as necessary.
Skin Cancer Foundation recommends applying sunscreen 30 minutes before sun exposure and putting on one ounce at a time, which is the amount needed for a shot glass. Every two hours, you should repeat the application. Also, remember to wear sunscreen even on cloudy days because up to 40 percent of the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays can reach our planet. You can set a timer to remind you to apply sunscreen or write it down on the sunscreen bottle using a marker.
Use an apple cider vinegar spray bottle filled with equal parts apple cider vinegar and water. This homemade mixture should be used for the first 1-2 days after getting burned to reduce inflammation and relieve itching.
To moisten your skin, apply yogurt.
Spread some plain probiotic yogurt thinly over your sore skin on your way home from the beach. Then gently wipe it off with a damp cloth after it has sat for ten minutes or so.
Use raw honey.
Honey is a natural antiseptic, so spreading some on the affected skin, then covering it for a few moments will do the trick.
Wear loose clothes.
While returning from the beach, wear loose clothing to prevent your clothes from aggravating your sunburned, tender, and sore skin.
The beach is the perfect place to enjoy black tea.
If you rub cold black tea onto sunburned skin, it will take some of the stings away.
Apply a baby wipe to your skin.
The best way to cool your burned skin temporarily is to use a baby wipe, which you always want to have in your beach bag.