Visiting a beach destination can be an entirely experience than any other vacation you may have taken. The sun is not only hotter than you may be used to, but there are other possible dangers you may face while at the beach. Protect yourself and your family while visiting the beach by taking all of the necessary precautions before hitting the sand.
Apply sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun. It is recommended that you use 30-45 SPF to protect your skin from getting sun burned. You should still apply sunscreen even if you plan on just touring the town and are skipping the beach that day. Also, remember to reapply sunscreen throughout the day, even if you have purchased a waterproof one. Sunscreen will wear off through normal activities during the day and you will need to keep your skin protected.
Should you suffer from a sunburn, purchase some aloe gel to help cool and heal your skin. This will help your skin feel better and keep it hydrated so it can heal.
Bring plenty of water with you to the beach and remember to drink it throughout the day. The sun and salt water from the ocean drains fluids from your body, making it important to keep hydrated. Also do not forget the kids. Have them take regular sips throughout the day. Also, if drinking alcohol, make sure to drink plenty of water, because your fancy cocktails are not enough to keep you hydrated.
Watch out for tides and currents. High tide occurs twice a day and may conceal items underwater that you may normally be able to see. Be careful when entering the water. Also, be mindful of currents. Watch for fast churning water on the surface and move to another area. If caught in a rip current swim with the shoreline until you are free from the current.