January 17, 2013
Tips for an Enjoyable Day at the Beach
Did you know that no matter where you are in Florida, you are no more than 60 miles from a beach? With the beautiful beaches of the Paradise Coast, it's easy to see why beach-going is the activity at the top of everyone's to-do list. If you're hitting the beach, make sure you don't leave home or your hotel room without:
· Sunscreen: We know you’re eager to get that sexy tan on your vacation. Unfortunately, you are not going to get tan in one day and, as too many tourists have experienced, the Florida sun can burn you much faster than you think. In fact, your sun exposure will not be visible until after you have been out of the sun at least 2 hours. It takes almost 24 hours before the full extent of the sun burn is visible. Avoid sun exposure during the hottest hours of the sun's rays (between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.) and apply sunscreen with a SPF 15 or up (SPF 30+ for children). Thoroughly apply sun screen to the more "bony" areas of the body which are prone to burn quickly including the face, nose, ears, shoulders and tops of your feet.
· Cover-Ups: It’s not just a fashion statement. Sunglasses (with ultraviolet protection) and wide-brim hats help keep the glaring sun at bay. Even beach umbrellas offer greater protection from the sun.
· Beach Towels: Enjoy the warm waters of the Gulf Coast. Each member of your beach excursion should have at least one towel and it's always a good idea to bring along a few extras.
· Drinks and Snacks: The hot Florida sun will quickly make you thirsty. Bring plenty of drinking water to ensure you stay hydrated. Avoid alcoholic beverages and caffeine as they dehydrate the body, worsening the effects of heat. Snacks are great ideas for more lengthy excursions. But avoid glass bottles as they are prohibited at many beaches.
· Cameras: Unless you are ready to get sand stuck in your shutter, don't bring your expensive camera to the beach. You can purchase waterproof disposable cameras and save the aggravation of damaging your pride and joy. If you are taking a smart phone, sandwich bags are great options to avoid getting sand stuck in small (and seemingly unreachable) crevices.
· Large Plastic Bag: Make sure the end of your trip is enjoyable. A plastic bag to keep sandy towels and clothing from dusting your vehicle is a good idea. Just remember to take wet items out as soon as possible. Damp items deprived of air quickly mildew in Florida’s humidity.
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