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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 but, to 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 more memorable.

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

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!

Safety In The Sun

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 breaks.

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 red!

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 long towel.

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 hot sand.

Be sure to see our checklist for remedies, etc.

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?"
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