Everybody loves the sun when it’s out. But what everybody loves more is enjoying that sunny day out at the beach. Whether it’s a much-needed long vacation to the beautiful sandy beaches in the Caribbean, the Philippines, Thailand or Hawaii; or a short sojourn to the nearby local ocean-side town, the sound of the surf hitting the shore is a guaranteed way to unwind your troubles away.
Going to the beach has some drawbacks, however. It takes us out of our normal comfort zone and requires some adaptations on our part for us to fully enjoy the out of the ordinary environment we will be in for the duration of the holiday. Here are some hacks and tips on how to take care of some of those drawbacks and make the most out of our beach enjoyment.
Put your smartphone in a sandwich bag to protect it.
Although going to the beach on a holiday should mean not taking your phone with you, some people just have separation anxiety when taken away from their beloved phones. We hear you and so take this advise as a top tip. Putting it in a sealable plastic protects your phone from the sand and unexpected splashes of water. Do not, however, think this is a completely waterproof solution because that sandwich bag cannot handle keeping large amounts of water out.
Bonus Hack: Use rice to save a submerged phone.
Accidents like these happen all the time, most smartphones and water just don’t go together. If your phone accidentally submerges in the water you need to make sure it’s turned off right away. If it has a detachable battery, make sure you take the batter out right away too. Do not turn on the phone nor should you try to place it under a hand dryer to attempt to remove water. The condensation caused by the dryer’s heat will cause even more damage and ruin your phone permanently. Put your phone in a bowl then fill it with raw rice. Leave it there for 24 hours, preferably in a dry area or under the sun. The rice will sap the moisture out from the phone and its components and you’ll have a phone running like brand new in no time.
Store your valuables in obscure items when leaving them unattended.
Everyone’s heard of the old trick of putting your valuables in your shoes so it’s time to get a bit more creative. Crumple up an unused (take note of this, unused) diaper to make it look used, place your valuables in and then roll it up again. Use brown crayons to make it more realistic and effective. Used sunscreen containers that you’ve washed up are also another option to stealthily keep away people from taking your valuables from you.
Baby powder is a must-have for the beach.
Baby powder is a great soothing relief for burns after being in the sun for too long. It also has an even more clever application. It removes sand instantaneously. Ever had that problem where you try to wash off sand from your feet but since your feet are damp it attracts even more sand? Well instead of washing off the sand with water try using baby powder and it will brush right off your skin. That nice scent that comes with putting baby powder on is an added bonus.
Instant sunburn relief.
Aloe gels are best for relieving that burned skin of yours. They are more effective when they are at a cold temperature. Freeze aloe gel into some ice cubes and take them out before heading to the beach. Store them in a sandwich bag and put in a cooler to prolong their life. Thank me when you put them on your burning skin.
Turn the wheel before leaving the car.
This is personally one of my favorite hacks of all. Try to remember this because seeing the beach can get you all excited but it pays off later in the day. Turn the steering wheel of your car all the way to either the left or to the right, facing it toward the curb is preferred. By doing this, you keep the top part away from the sun so when you get back you don’t need to deal with a surface that’s’ as hot as a frying pan.
Now the best hack of all is to enjoy the beach. Relax, read a book, play with your kids, dip your feet in the ocean, grab a bite, just about anything and everything is much nicer when done by the beachside.