I am sure we are all guilty of offering our friends, family and others valuable items of advice that we rarely, or ever, follow ourselves. When it comes to weathering the outdoors I am definitely guilty. I always forget my umbrella, ditch the jacket, never wear a hat or sunglasses, etc. Here are my tips for the beach that I wish I had followed when we were in Mexico!
Don’t Bring Too Much Stuff
No, really. I am a firm believer in coming prepared and bringing more stuff than you need – just in case – however when it comes to the beach I feel like less is more. That being said, if you are able to fit many items into a small, compact bag or container then you are golden. Why not bring a load of supplies? In our case, we did not want to leave our items unattended for too long, so it made going swimming in the ocean together a stressful situation. We were always looking back at the beach to make sure all of our stuff was still there and making a mental inventory. I would suggest investing in a waterproof case which you can keep the important stuff in like your phone, money, ID’s and so on. They are convenience to carry around your neck so you do not need to worry about theft. The items you will leave at the beach which you can leave there worry free are things like your sunscreen, tanning oil, etc. which are easily replaceable if snagged.
Wear That Sunscreen!
Do it! Purchase a sunscreen which feels comfortable on your skin and preferably one that is non-greasy (if that’s the reason why you don’t like wearing sunscreen). It may seem tedious, but so is peeling your skin and applying aloe vera lotion like crazy. I am relatively pale and either burn or get a LOT of freckles in the summer. Needless to say, I NEED that sunscreen but always seem to choose not to wear it. I figure if I wear it I will not tan, and who doesn’t want to tan?! But seriously, unless you have amazing skin and never burn wear the sunscreen, reapply, enjoy your holidays sunburn free, repeat.
Save A Water Bottle or Container
I’ll tell you why – at the end of the day when you are packing stuff up and ready to go home or back to your hotel you will need to put your sandals or shoes back on. This is an incredibly uncomfortable thing to do when you feet and ankles are covered in sand. No matter how much you brush them off that stuff just seems to get everywhere and in everything. If you save a water bottle or container throughout the day you can fill up some water from the sea (or lake) and use it to rinse your feet off or any other areas that may be sandy. Be sure to dry with a towel and then place in your feet back in your shoes BEFORE stepping back into the sand. We only figured out this trick at the end of our holidays and wished we had implemented it sooner. This makes for a much more comfortable walk back.
You could always just go to the body of water, wash off your feet and place them in your shoes, but we found it much easier to do this sitting down away from the water so we didn’t get our shoes and everything else wet in the process!
Wear a Hat
Another very simple and easy thing to that prevent your beach trip from going from going south – no pun intended. When you don’t wear a hat or cover your scalp from the sun it is still exposed to those rays. You can either end up with a sun-burnt scalp or feeling quite sick. It’s important to either wear a hat or some other type of coverage when you will be in the sun for long periods of time. Of course if you are under an umbrella then you will not need to worry about this as much, but if you do not have any shade coverage I would highly recommend it.
My scalp did get a little red and this is from being on the beach for two days without anything on my head! When we went on our tours and excursions I did make sure to wear my sun hat, but I really wish I wore it while on the beach as well.