They say, the more time you spend at the beach, the more health issues you have. Summer is all about beach time so how to stay safe and healthy while having fun at the beach? You can spend a whole day swimming and sunbathing, or worrying about your health and personal things. Either way, safety should always come first.
You probably know that feeling when you get home from the beach and feel like a herd of elephants ran over you. Sunburns, severe headache, fatigue and skin irritation are just some of the most common problems people have to cope with after a day at the beach. Rather than dealing with those issues, prevent them by following these crucial beach safety tips.
1. Keep your body hydrated
The most crucial rule to follow when you are going to spend your day at the beach is to grab a lot of plain water and water-rich snacks to ensure you won’t suffer from dehydration. One of the reasons why people feel exhausted after a day at the beach is because of dehydration. Swimming won’t keep your body hydrated so sip your water as often as possible, and munch on some water-rich food like watermelon, cucumbers, tomatoes or bell pepper.
2. Trust your gut
If you don’t feel like going to the beach today, it’s better to stay home. If you feel like the guys who have been staring at you are dangerous, or worse, if they approach you and don’t leave you alone when you ask them to do so, don’t hesitate, ask the beach security for help. There’s a big difference between the guy who’s staring at you because he likes you and the creepy guy who might want to rob or hurt you. Keep it in mind next time you notice someone staring at you.
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3. Bring a first-aid kit
You never know what can happen at the beach so it’s crucial to keep a first-aid kit in your beach bag. It doesn’t take a lot of space and you probably have one in your car. A first-aid kit is especially needed when you go to the beach with kids. Not to mention that you could help the other people on the beach who neglect this beach safety tip.
4. Reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours
I hope I shouldn’t remind you about the importance of using sunscreens at the beach (and overall). I still see many people, especially men, skip sunscreen and it’s a life-threatening mistake. I recommend using sunscreens with SPF no lower than 30 and no higher than 50. Sunscreens with SPF 100 are not better than sunscreens with SPF 50, so don’t waste your money on the products that give any better results. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours to reduce your risk of melanoma and sunburns.
5. Don’t sunbathe too much
Just because you wear your sunscreen doesn’t mean you can sunbathe without limits. Too much exposure to sunlight is dangerous to your health. Not only can you get painful sunburns, you can increase your risk of cataract and skin cancer too. A good health is better than a tanned skin, isn’t it?
6. Take a change of swimsuit or dry clothes
When you stay in a wet swimsuit all day long, it can cause an itchy yeast infection, which is why I recommend you to bring a second swimsuit (if you have it, of course) or some other light dry clothes. It’s boring to change your swimsuits every time you are done swimming, but it’s an effective way to prevent any infections and diseases.
7. Never hit the beach alone
It’s okay to be a loner, but the beach isn’t the best place to enjoy your solitary, especially when it’s overcrowded. When you go to the beach with your partner, friends, neighbors or coworkers, you reduce your risk of drowning and keep your stuff safe. After all, it’s easier to step away and enjoy swimming when you know that your things are safe. Spending time at the beach alone may sound like a great idea, but try to do it early in the morning when the beach less crowded.
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8. Bring beach-friendly snacks
The last but not least beach safety tip to remember is to bring beach-friendly snacks. Food poisoning is a common problem at the beach because people don’t pay attention to what they bring and eat. Some of the best beach-friendly snacks are fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds, popcorn, or dried fruit. Avoid eating fatty food, fast food and any other type of processed and junk foods.
When heading to the beach, keep these safety tips in mind and enjoy your beach time to the fullest. Summer is at its peak so enjoy the hot temperatures and water activities and let me know about your mid-summer plans. How often do you go to the beach and what safety tips do you keep in mind?