Are you planning a trip to the beach this summer? Maybe you are wondering what accessories you should pack? If you are, you may want to check out my list of must-have beach essentials. Here it is:
Cell Phone Case
When your hands are covered with suntan lotion and your eyes are focused on the waves and sand, it’s easy to forget about your cell phone. At least it is for me. That’s why the Dry Pak cell phone case makes my list of must have beach accessories. The re-sealable plastic case keeps your cell phone safe from the sand and sea. You can also wear it around your neck if you decide to do a little beach combing. The case tends to sell online for roughly $15.
Do you like getting bitten by sand fleas and other insects at the beach? I know that I don’t. That’s why a bottle of bug spray is on my list of beach essentials. Prices and strengths vary by brand. Personally, I tend to look for a bug spray that contains more than 23% of DEET because it typically lasts for several hours. I especially like to spray it on heavy from my knees down to my toes because that’s where the critters seem to bite me the most. I’d also recommend that your reapply it after you come out of the water.
In my opinion, a bottle of water resistant, SPF 50 sunscreen is also a beach essential. I didn’t always feel that way. In my youth, I shunned sunscreen. Then cancer reared its ugly head within my family. I also witnessed what people who had it went through while I worked as a social worker at a skilled nursing home. Those experiences made be more cognizant of how important sunscreen can be. Nowadays, I don’t head to the beach without it, a wide brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses.
One of the quickest ways to ruin a day at the beach is to become dehydrated. After all, dehydration is known to make people light headed and sleepy as well as wreak havoc on the skin. As such, bottled water should definitely make its way into your beach bag. I am not talking about a little water either. Most women need to consume 2.2 liters of fluid a day under normal circumstances. In extreme temperatures and periods of exercise, the amount of water a person needs increases. With that in mind, I like to take at least six, 1 liter, frozen bottles of water with me. I find that the bottles de-thaw slowly during the day and thus keep me supplied with ample cold water.
Many folks take one beach towel with them to the beach. I prefer to take a minimum of three. I’ll use one towel to sit on and one towel to dry off with. The other towel I keep in the car. I use it to brush off any extra sand and to sit on in case my bathing suit is still wet when I’m ready to climb into the car. You may want to consider doing the same.
Killeen Gonzalez enjoys summer sports and recreation with her family. She has also traveled extensively.
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