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10 Ways to Prepare for a Beach Day

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Kristina ByasGuest Blogger
June 29, 2016 · 2k Views

The warm weather has arrived, the sun is out and you are anxious to get out there and enjoy those summer activities that you have missed so much over the past three seasons. Having a barbecue and learning the right way to grill an amazing steak, going to the park, or just hanging out on the patio are all options, but many people can't wait to head to the beach. While this is a popular activity that people do often, preparing yourself for this is key to having a good time. It is something simple that people can do in very little time, but there is a surprising number of people who often forget items or aren't really sure what they should along to their beach day. Check out these 10 ways to prepare for a fun-filled beach day!


1. Check the weather. 

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This is something most people do before they go anywhere especially with the weather sometimes switching up in seconds. It may sunny when you get to the beach, but that doesn't mean it will stay that way. Before you leave the house, be sure to check the weather. This will give you a better idea of how long you will be able to enjoy the sun before it is ruined by cloud, rain or wind.

2. Plan to go early.

The earlier you can get to the beach the better. This way you'll be able to be there for a decent amount of time instead only being able to spend two or three hours there.

3. Dress appropriately.

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You're going to the beach to enjoy some fun in the sun and maybe go for a swim, which means you will want to either be in your swim suit or something that is not going to make you feel hot or comfortable. Ideally, this would be shorts, a tank top or a light tee shirt. From your head to your toes, every choice you make can affect your day.

>> SEE ALSO: The Best Swimsuit Guide for All Body Types

4. Bring a towel.

Whether you are using it to sit on or dry off after going into the water, a towel is essential for a beach day. If you don't have a beach towel, try choosing one that is big. You could even bring two if you feel it is necessary.

5. Wear sunblock.

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When the sun is out you may be tempted to go out and enjoy it, but be sure to protect yourself so that fun isn't turned sour by painful sunburn. Throw on some sunblock and then make your way to the beach. You'll want to bring it along incase you have reapply it someone in your troop needs a little more.

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>> SEE ALSO: 24 Sephora Summer Beauty Picks That Are Actually Worth It

6. Wear sunglasses.

Just as the sun can be an inconvenience to your skin, it can be one for your eyes as well. You may already have a pair, but you will definitely want to remember to bring them to the beach with you. If not, you'll probably be squinting for a majority of the day and that can lead to a headache.

7. Pack a lunch. 

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Just because you're going to be on the beach doesn't mean you won't get hungry. Although children believe sand is edible, you know better and will probably want to pack a lunch. Sandwiches, chips and other small, quick things to munch on are perfect because they will at least tide you over until you can get home or to a restaurant to have a real meal.

8. Bring water.

Being in the sun can quickly dehydrate you. Sure, you may want to think those flavorful beverages, like soda and juice, but be sure to bring water. It will help you stay, refreshed and hydrated.

9. Pack an umbrella.

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An umbrella may seem like an unnecessary item to drag with you to the beach, but it works great at keeping people safe from the sun. This can be especially helpful for people who have small children who are more sensitive to the sunlight than others.

10. Bring entertainment.

When at the beach for a long time, it is nice to switch up activities and enjoy something else for a few moments. The water and sand can be entertainment enough, but that doesn't mean you can enjoy throwing around a football or a frisbee or listening to a few of your favorite tunes.



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Kristina Byas is a Milwaukee native who has written for Female Intel, Shepherd Express, Scandalous Women and more. She suffers from a severe case of wanderlust and has difficulty purchasing items at full price. You can learn more about her by following her on Twitter: @KristinaByas