June 24, 2010

Beach Tips

1. Take your best shot.  The best time of day (at any location) to take great photos is an hour or two before sunset.
2. Stash the trash. Bring a plastic grocery bag to store trash.  It hooks nicely onto the arm of your chair.
3. Lip service.  Don't forget to cover your lips with SPF to keep them kissably soft.
4. Know your tides.  If you find yourself caught in a rip current, don't fight it.  Swim parallel to the shore until you no longer feel the pull of the current.  Then swim inland.
5. Sandy isn't so dandy.  Ever feel like sand is stuck to everything when you are ready to get in the car?  Sprinkle shoes, hands, bottom of bags, etc. with baby powder.  The sand will slide right off.
6. Keep it flavorful.  We all know the importance of keeping hydrated, but it doesn't have to be boring.  My kids love to add flavor packets to bottled water.  We usually take several flavor choices to keep their interest.  (This works great on long road trips, too!)
7. Keep it clean.  Hand sanitizer feels so refreshing just before you snack.
8. Zip it. Zip lock bags can be your best friend.  They keep the sand out and the good stuff in.  We even use one for our camera.  You can never be too careful. ;)
9. Mr. Freeze.  Frozen grapes are a great beach snack.  They can help keep the other things in your soft sided cooler from getting too warm.  
10. Sheet music.  An old bed sheet is the perfect beach blanket.  It is lightweight but has a tight weave.  Just make sure you aren't standing upwind from your neighbor when you shake it out.

Have a good summer tip? Do share!


Kellie said...

Good thoughts! I'll have to remember the bed sheet. lol I'll be the "pertiest" person laying on the beach in my paint colored rust/cream/blue sheet. :)

Kellie said...

Great tips!I especially love the baby powder tip! I'm gonnna try that one!

I was caught in a rip current on Carolina Beach four years ago. One of the most ererifying moments of my life! But I had heard that if you relax, (as much you can when you are being thrown around and assaulted by salty, mean waves) and it worked.

Anonymous said...

If you have a much loved family pet, you can kennel the dog/cat at a beach kennel. You will still be able to visit your pet daily and even check him out for walks. Our dog is always ready to hop in the car with us when he sees us packing!


Gretchen said...

Lurve the sheet idea. And i've been known to put my phone in a baggie, too. You are way too organized, GOTE. ;) Isn't it a little strange to go to the beach and not look as though you've been. :)

Sherri said...

We took baby powder with this to the beach this past week per your suggestion, and it worked like a charm. Thanks for the tips!