Most of us like the beach. If you
don't, look away. You or your kids can make sand
castles in the sand and splash around in the waves. Or,
for the more docile folks, simply tan, or relax. The explorers
among you can search for
sea creatures, exotic shells, tide pools, or drift wood. The warm
breezes, shimmering sun, and natural beauty are invigorating
ensure a good time, you'll need to do
some planning. Here are a few things you can do
to make your beach holidays easier, safer, and
People usually go to the beach in their car. So,
with that in mind, it's a good idea to begin by
cleaning out the car. This will give increase
the space for luggage. Stock you glovebox, too,
with a few first aid and comfort items, such as
sunblock, Advil for headaches and other pains, a
roll of tums for stomach issues, and so on
(here's a Camping Gear Checklist).
On that list are things you should do to your
car beforehand as you don't want to deal with in
on the road. You don' t to chance breaking down
on the road (especially since you won't be able
to check around as well and will probably pay
far more for any repairs).
Camping out with kids is often a challenge. They
may be particularly excited and impatient when
they know they are going on beach holidays. Make
sure they have cool water bottles and healthy
snacks to munch.
Road Trip Games To Play
Safety In The Sun
Try a simple car game to
keep everyone busy. Bring a few board
games that work well in the car. Or invent
games such using license plates. Or, if
you prefer something simpler, how about
spotting cloud formations. But, the driver
shouldn't play along!
Try to avoid being in the sun
from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. You don't want to get a
bad skin burn. So you take some measures to be
safe. Bring along sunscreen. I'd recommend using
a higher number SPF rating than you normally use
because you may be out in the sun longer than
normal. Use a sunblock with a high SPF rating
and replace it after getting wet or drying off
with your towel. And, it might be more intense
than normal. You might be enjoying it so much,
that you lose track of time and overstay. Take
Get out of the sun every hour or so.
Spend some quality time in the shade. This will
give you a chance to see if your skin has gotten
too red. Don't wait till you see red. I don't
know about you but there's a delay for me in
getting the burn. I will be leaving and not see
any red until later.
I learned to NOT wait till I saw
The towel you choose can
make a difference too. Thick towels get
heavy and tend to trap a lot of sand.
Think towels are better. Bring an extra
Be sure to see our
checklist for remedies, etc.
Wear sunglasses with UV
protectant (it should say on the package) to protect your
eyes and some sort of foot protection to
keep your feet from being burned on the
These guidelines should help make
your beach holiday fun and problem-free. When
you arrive home you should be relaxed,
refreshed, and feel contented. And, before you
know it you'll be thinking, "Where am I going
for the next beach holiday?"
Pat J. Reynolds is a beach camping expert, syndicated outdoors columnist
and the editor of our highly acclaimed
camping holidays newsletter.
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