A Day at the Beach

Our favorite vacation spot is without a doubt the beach. I don’t know why. Could it be the way the warm sand feels as you wriggle your toes in it? Maybe it is the sound of the waves lapping on the shore. I can spend an entire week doing nothing but eating and watching the waves.

This list is only a few of the things we’ve done to make our day at the beach, well, a day at the beach:

  1. Okay, if you’ve read my other lists you know I’m going to say, “Bring food.” It’s a given.
  2. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen.
  3. Bring beach toys in a mesh bag so you can rinse them quickly, and they’ll dry thoroughly. (Trust me, you don’t want to find moldy toys a month later–gah!)
  4. Bring along vinegar and meat tenderizer for jellyfish stings. I have saturated a few paper towels in vinegar then sealed them in a resealable zippy bag, and I’ve filled a spray bottle with vinegar. Do whatever works for you. Vinegar helps neutralize the toxin, meat tenderizer helps with the pain and swelling. (When the sting happens make sure all the tentacles and spines are removed, rinse area in salt water–never plain water, learned the hard way. Apply vinegar, then apply a thick paste with salt water and meat tenderizer.)
  5. Beach towels are horrible sand traps. Keep them in your bag if you have little ones. Your little angels will want a clean towel to wipe their eyes with.
  6. If vanity isn’t an issue, bring a flat sheet (go for a beach print) to use as a beach blanket. The sand flies right off with a good shake and it dries in a snap.
  7. Bring a shell bag. Never go to the beach without it. There’s some unseen force that causes even the most hardened beach goer to bring home shells. I just can’t see any way around it.
  8. Fill your sand bucket with water and carry it to the car for one last rinse before you leave.
  9. Baby powder works wonders for removing the last bits of sand. I keep a dry washcloth and powder by the door so we can do a quick rub down. No more grit.

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