Balmy breezes, radiant sunshine and emerald waters are just a few reasons why the beach remains the most desired earthly destination. Indeed, after a long winter of grey skies and bitter, whipping winds, nothing seems more idyllic than a trip to the beach. Although the beach initially seems like a slice of sheer paradise, you must arrive thoroughly prepared. Otherwise, paradise can quickly morph into a nightmare. To keep your trip to the beach safe and fun, you must ensure that you have plenty of supplies before setting out. Following is a basic guide to packing for a beach vacation.
An Abundance of Water and Snacks
When it comes to summer heat, you can never have too much water. Humans are already supposed to consume a minimum of 64 ounces of water per day. However, when exposed to extreme heat and other environmental factors, your body will require more than 64 ounces. Before heading out to the beach, pack tons of thermoses or bottles of water. While at the beach, continuously drink water, even if you are not thirsty. Once you feel thirsty, you are already dehydrated. When you are fully hydrated, your urine should appear clear or have only a faint tint of yellow. In addition to water, be sure that you have plenty of snacks. Dried fruit and nuts make excellent snacks for beach outings. Both of these items are healthy and serve as energy boosters.
Plenty of Sunscreen
Contrary to popular belief, it is not only people having extremely fair skin that require sunscreen. While people of northern European descent are more susceptible to sun damage, everyone needs to wear sunscreen while at the beach. Make sure that your sunscreen is both water-proof and sweat-proof. Also, good sunscreen must have a minimum sun protection factor of 15. Apply sunscreen liberally to all areas of skin that are exposed. If you cannot reach your back, ask someone for assistance. Allow your sunscreen to soak in for at least 30 minutes before jumping into the water. Also, always bring a bottle of sunscreen to the beach with you. It is advised to re-apply every few hours.
Extra Towels and Clothing
There is nothing more unpleasant than sitting atop scorching sand. To combat this issue, ensure that you bring plenty of towels for sitting. Also, you may need extra towels for drying yourself. For beach trips, extra clothing is a necessity. Not only is it unpleasant to sit around in wet clothing, it can be harsh and irritating to the skin. In some cases, it can even lead to infection. In the end, always be sure that you have a dry change of clothing on hand.