11 Beach Hacks That’ll Totally Change the Way You’re Beachin’ It This Summer
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Are you one of the 60 million people who are hitting the beach this summer? If so, then you need these life-changing beach tips to make your next trip a total breeze!
1. Protect your phone from water and sand.
Hip Tip: Can’t wait for the $5 waterproof case to arrive via Prime 2-day shipping? Take your phone in a plastic sandwich bag for the time being. It’s not 100% waterproof, but it’s close to free and will at least keep the sand away.
2. Get rid of sand with baby powder.
Use baby powder on your hands and body to help dry up sand. Then brush off any sand that’s stuck to your skin.
3. Skip sandy and wet beach towels.
There’s not much worse than a soaked and sandy towel. Here’s why we love this polyester beach mat:
- It’s waterproof.
- It comes with stakes to stay in place.
- It’s lightweight.
- It fits in your pocket. 😱
- It comes in 5 colors.
4. Freeze drinks and grapes to keep food cold.
By freezing drinks (and even snacks like grapes), your food and drinks will keep their chill edge for much longer without taking up more space.
5. Keep drinks and phones sand free.
These handy, stackable cup holders can also double as a phone, drink, or sunglasses holder.
6. Create a sand-free zone with a fitted sheet.
All you need for this hack is a cheap fitted sheet and some stuff to support each corner (think coolers, bags, shoes, and more).
7. Disguise your valuables in snack containers.
Place small items like keys, money, and jewelry inside of a food container so people won’t see it. Just don’t make the snack too tempting. 😉
Hip Tip: If you really want to fool people, wrap your small valuables in a diaper. 😆 They’ll leave it alone.
8. Easily tote plastic bags for wet clothes and towels.
Fill an empty wipes container with plastic grocery bags or trash bags. This keeps bags from blowing away. Then, when you leave the beach, fill the bags with your wet clothing and towels to prevent a mess in your car.
9. Want sunkissed hair? Save at the salon and grab a lemon.
Squeezing lemon juice in your hair before going into the sun will supposedly give you some pretty amazing, natural highlights. Consult with an experienced hair stylist beforehand – just to be sure.
10. Bring a makeshift pool for smaller kids.
Make a hole in the sand, then fill this pop-up pool with ocean water using the collapsible bucket (included). There’s even a tote bag for when you’re ready to leave! This kept my daughter busy for hours while our older kids played in the ocean!
Hip Tip: Try doing the same thing with a cheap shower curtain, small tarp, or trash bag.
11. Use frozen aloe vera cubes to treat your sunburn.
Did you come home with a pretty gnarly sunburn? Squirt some aloe vera in an ice cube tray, freeze it, then rub the cubes on your skin to soothe.
Hip Tip: You can also make (and apply) this super soothing whipped aloe vera cream!
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