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Beach Tips & Tricks

  By: Jacquelyn Eurice

These are a few of our favorite hacks for a great day at the beach. Now get out there and have some fun!

Sandy Toes

  • Baby powder is miraculous when it comes to removing sand from your feet. Just rub some on to make the sand fall off.
  • For children, it may be helpful to cut out bathing suit linings so that a large amount of sand doesn’t create droopy drawers.
  • Keep beach toys in a mesh or plastic laundry hamper so the sand will sift through the holes and the air can dry the toys.
  • Use an old shower curtain liner under your beach blanket to create a barrier between your blanket and the sand.

A Sun-Kissed Nose

  • When you first come out of the sun, try putting some vinegar on your sunburn (being careful not to get any in the eyes) and showering 20 minutes later. Vinegar balances the skin’s pH, takes most of the sting out, and reduces blisters that lead to peeling. It really works!
  • If you don’t like the smell of vinegar, aloe vera is a popular remedy. Try freezing some in an ice cube tray for extra cooling relief.

Water, Water Everywhere

  • Bring along some leave-in conditioner and apply it to your hair when you come out of the salt water to prevent tangles later when your hair dries.
  • Freeze the water in your water bottles so they can serve two purposes: frozen ice packs and a refreshing drink. Be sure to pour out about an inch of water before freezing so the water can expand.

Beach Safety

  • We try to stay vigilant but accidents do happen. If you momentarily lose sight of your kids while they’re exploring the beach, statistics have shown that they’ll likely be downwind from your current location. Look there first. (It’s just easier for them to go that way!)
  • Use cleaned-out sunscreen containers to hide valuables. Using a clean tube, make a slit on the flat end at the bottom, adhere Velcro strips to the inside, and voila, a perfect hiding place.
  • Bring some extra sealable plastic bags to keep cell phones and other electronics safe from the sand and water. Afterwards, use them to take home a seashell collection.


  • If stung by a jellyfish, the Mayo Clinic advises that you scrape or pluck off any additional tentacles (be careful, they can still sting!) and rinse with vinegar. Then douse the affected area in hot water – as hot as you can stand it. Follow up with a pain medication or a soothing lotion such as calamine for added relief. Seek medical attention for severe stings or allergic reactions that can stem from the jellyfish’s attack.

Shopping Smarts

  • Don’t bring your expensive aviator sunglasses to the beach. Bring a less expensive pair that still offers decent protection but won’t leave you sad when a big wave surprises you and your shades are gone forever.
  • Shop for products that are easy to handle at the beach. Back-pack beach chairs with built-in bags and coolers, and light-weight beach blankets with arm straps make going to the beach much easier.
  • Don’t forget to carry your Sunny Day Guide with you for money-saving coupons wherever you go!


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