A day at the beach leaves us feeling refreshed, relaxed, and de-stressed. Right? Enjoying your day on your little patch of sandy paradise is the ultimate goal, but sometimes life happens and we have to deal with it’s little aggravations. Utilize some of our sensible and effective beach hacks to smoothly tackle your day, and keep your worries at bay.
Empty Sunscreen Bottle
Keeping our valuables such as car keys, cash and credit cards safe while we’re at the beach is a worry many of us have. Our backs are turned most of the time, while our belongings are kept at a distance away from the water. Stuffing our purses under blankets or towels isn’t the best means of security we can practice. Keep an old bottle of sunscreen handy, wash it out and cut the top off. Store your commodities in the empty bottle for an awesome disguise, no one will think twice.
Small Broom and Dustpan
Sand is the enemy! No seriously, have you tried vacuuming it out of your carpet? Avoid the hassle by storing a travel size or small broom and dustpan in your car. Coolers, chairs, umbrellas, and yes, even feet, can be brushed off before loading up to avert the detailed cleanup. This also cuts down on the sand transferring into your home later.
There’s nothing quite like taking a bite of your tuna or egg salad sandwich and experiencing that little extra added crunch, courtesy of the beach. Keeping your hang out spot free of sand and shells can seem pointless when you’re sitting on sand, but implementing a fitted sheet can divert the mess. Flip the sheet over and place an item at each corner to hold them up, creating a small barrier. Your little haven is perfect for lunch time and sand free lounging. Use your small broom and dustpan to wipe feet off before sitting down. You can find these mismatched stragglers at yard sales or consignment shops for pennies on the dollar.
Mesh bags are a mom’s best friend when it comes to storage. They’re waterproof, effective for minimal sand transfer, and allow quick drying of wet items. Anything can be stored in them such as collected seashells, goggles, and wet bathing suits or towels. Bring an extra one and store all of your child’s sand toys in it as well.
If you’re at a location that doesn’t have public restrooms or showers, or don’t have your vehicle with you, there’s still an option for removing all that unwanted sand. Body powder removes moisture from the skin and makes it easier to brush the sand off when applied. It can be used on skin and hair. Steer clear of baby or body powders containing talcum, which has been linked to respiratory disorders and cancer. Instead try powders that use cornstarch, arrowroot starch, or kaolin clay. Burt’s Bees Baby Dusting Powder, Ora’s Amazing Herbal Pure and Simple Body Powder, and Era Organics Baby Powder are perfect alternatives available at your local Target or Walmart.
Aloe Vera Ice Cubes
Sometimes sunburn just happens, regardless of how many times we’ve lathered up. These brilliant concoctions are a fun project to make and use with the kids. All you need is an ice tray, aloe vera gel, and a freezer. Squirt the aloe into the ice tray and freeze for about 2 hours. You can also customize your cubes by mixing in tea tree oil, apple cider vinegar, witch hazel, or essential oils such as lavender or eucalyptus, which have anti inflammatory or pain reducing effects. Rub them on sunburned skin or to reduce puffy or dark circles under your eyes.
Keep plastic sandwich baggies in your glove box at all times. Their versatile uses make them a perfect must have for any outing. In this day and age, it’s safe to say that most of us have touch screen smartphones. Store your phone in the Ziploc bag to water and sand proof it while on the beach. You can still use the touch screen through the bag.
Sunscreen should be applied before leaving the house so it has a chance to fully bind to the skin before the kids stampede into the water. Set a timer on your phone to know exactly when to lather up the crew again. Sunscreen should be applied at least every 2 hours, or every time you get out of the water, towel dry off, or have been sweating profusely. You can also snag a cheap kitchen timer from a local dollar store to avoid your phone getting wet or damaged.
Shampoo & Conditioner
Whether you’re a beach side local or are traveling a long distance, any amount of time spent being wet, sticky from the salt, and having sand wedged in unmentionable places is too long! Many beach destinations have free parking and public access to restrooms and showers. Find one before you go and bring the shower essentials and a change of clothes for everyone. This makes everyone more comfortable and avoids a huge mess in your car and bathroom at home.
Props for Pictures
We all have our favorite beach pictures we’ll cherish forever. It’s the perfect setting to candidly capture the kids playing and interacting together. Get creative with your snapshots by bringing a bag of props with you. You can include items such as empty picture frames, favorite sundresses, outfits or toys, fake flowers, and costume jewelry to spruce up your shots. The possibilities are endless.
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