Summer Is Upon Us: 5 Things To Remember As You’re Getting Ready For Your Beach Vacation

Whether it is the sunny beaches of San Diego, South Beach or maybe the inland beaches of Lake Powell in Utah, there is a few things you’ll want to remember as you’re getting ready for sun in the sun.

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Wear Sunscreen

By now, we all know about the dangers of too much sun exposure. In the short term, a sunburn can be painful and embarrassing. (Even worse than the skin tenderness is people saying to you, “Man, you’re really sunburned!”) In the long term, sun exposure can cause basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma, all of which are dangerous types of skin cancers, not to mention increased pigmentation and wrinkles. To be safe, apply sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher thirty minutes before you will be in the sun. Reapply throughout the day. Throw on a shirt and a hat, even if it slightly less glamorous than just a string bikini, and limit sun exposure if possible.

Beware of Vacation Eating

When you’re at the beach, generally, you’re wearing less clothes than you would normally otherwise be wearing. Also, when you’re on vacation, you’re generally eating more food, as well as more unhealthy foods. These two facts do not go well together. While no one is expecting you to have the body of a movie star, one should be mindful of what you’re eating when you’re getting ready to play in the sand. Calorie counting, low carb diets, and maybe even some workouts can only help you to have a better more comfortable time out there at the beach.

Don’t Drink and Drive or Swim

When we are on vacation, we often do not consider the consequences of our actions. It is so easy when you run out of beer at the beach house to think, “The store is only a few miles away. I can drive.” Or maybe you have just indulges in a lavish wine-filled dinner, and you think you can drive back to the hotel. It is so important not to take these kinds of risks. If you do get stopped for drunk driving, find an experienced DWI Lawyer who is familiar with the laws in that state. Those Corona commercials that glorify drinking while out on the beach always end with the same small print: “remember to drink responsibly.” That small print is there for a reason! Car accidents, drowning’s, fights, all of these things have been known to happen around the beach when alcohol is involved, so know your limits!

Which Beach Is The Right Beach

It is important to plan ahead and do some research before just packing up and heading to the beach closest to you. Every beach has pros and cons. Beaches on the east coast such as Miami Beach, Daytona Beach etc… tend to be more prone to tropical storms and possibly even hurricanes later in the summer and into the fall. There are some beaches around the country where clothing is optional. Not the most family friendly atmosphere for most families with children. Do some research online, read travel brochures, talk to agents etc… This all may seem like common sense, but there are reasons that people still end up having a less than optimal vacations.

Stay Hydrated

No matter what beach you are at, getting enough fluids is essential to health. Severe dehydration can lead to death. Mild dehydration can cause weakness and confusion or fainting – all of which can really put a damper on your vacation! Doctors recommend drinking six to eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day. You can also get fluids from fruit containing water, such as watermelon, which is perfect on a hot summer day.

By following these tips, you will be able to stay safe and healthy through Labor Day and beyond.

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