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Beach Safety plus Essential Tips For Your Vacation

Updated on April 6, 2016
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Travel and Beach ideas getting it all packed

This is the time of year when the holiday madness starts. Everybody wants to hit the Beach when the sun is shining, and whether you decide to go abroad or stay in your own Country, there are certain things that you must plan to make it all go smoothly. It's not so bad if there are only two of you going, but what happens when you have three four or even five to pack for? Especially if there are small children involved, then it can be a nightmare. So here are a few beach essentials and safety tips to make your vacation go smoothly.

One of the things that you have to plan for the actual 'getting there' part. We always think of our vacation starting when we get on the Plane. But this isn't so. The journey starts the second you close your front door and head for the car or train, whichever way you are going to Travel.

Obviously if you have a large family, most of your packing will be centred around trying not to take too much, but making sure that you take the essentials. The trouble starts when what you regard as essential may not be exactly what your five or fifteen year old regards as 'must take'. First of all you have to make sure that what ever is packed, you have to get the luggage past the airport weight restrictions, this can be a nightmare if little Tommy wants to take his train set! So, what do you do? And how do you know what an essential item is?

I know that there will always be something left behind. It is a done deal. But you can make the trip easier and run much more smoothly if you take note of a few of these essential items.

Books and Games

Now I know that these days, most children are happy with their iPhone, Kindles iPods and all things electrical, but the one thing that you should take into consideration on a long trip is the fact that children get bored easily. There is only so much music they can listen too, or a certain amount of games to be played on their iPhone. Also there is that wonderful little thing called the battery. Once that has given out then the tantrums will start. This is where the old fashioned but always popular ideas come in. You don't have to pack anything bulky, in fact if you are clever you will be able to push these items down the side of your hand luggage. Coloring books, puzzle books, cards and board games that are not to big. Just as long as you pack colored pencils and pens, the children can even take a big plain drawing book, and sketch each and every scene that they pass. You never know, they might just get the taste for art for when they grow up!

Beach Essentials

So now you've got there. You have unpacked all the luggage, taken a stroll around the complex that you are staying in, and after feeding yourself and the children, you decide to hit the beach. The sun is shining, the waves splash gently to the shore, and the air around you is warm and peaceful. Then all of a sudden you hear a screaming wail from your youngest. 'Mom, where's my sunglasses?'. Then the sinking feeling starts to appear. 'Oh no, I knew I had forgotten something'! You quickly throw your children at the nearest adult and high foot it towards the numerous beach hut shops that charge over the top prices for a pair of children's specs. So here is what you should have taken!


Boys always want to feel 'cool' on the beach. Doesn't matter what age they are, they always want their favorite things with them. Never ever forget their sunglasses. Apart from them trying to look good, they are essential if the sun is hot and bright. Always take a least three pairs of shorts down to the beach. Even if he doesn't keep going in and out of the sea, the sand will start to get into his clothes and can scratch delicate skin. Children should always have at least a Factor 50 sunscreen ready, make sure you keep topping them up. Another essential is a hat. You can buy some really funky hats for children these days, maybe make a point of taking him out to buy one before you get there. There is nothing worse than a tantrum on a beach when he decides he doesn't like it! Boys aren't that keen on flip flop shoes, so why not buy them the molded plastic ones? They are great for going in the sea.

A beach ball is easy to pack too, and he will love a good game with his dad. Drinks don't have to be expensive, the easy way to keep costs down is to take a flask with you and either fill it with cold water, or a warm drink for when he gets out of the sea. And don't forget the snacks!


Girls will always want colorful beach clothes. Flip Flops are a must. Not only can they be washed easily, but when they are going for a paddle in the sea they are great for avoiding those horrible prickly stones that are near the waters edge. Always take a change of swimsuit for her, for the same reason that the sand can start to itch when it gets dried on her skin. A good idea is to pack a full length baggy sundress so that she can get changed on the beach without having to have mom hold a towel around her. This way she won't have to worry about changing into different costumes. You can also take loads of colored hair clips or scrunchie bands in your bag, just in case she has long hair that gets wet and sticks to her skin. Throw in a few colored scarfs so that you can wrap them around her when she is playing in the sand. These can be used as a skirt or tied around her top half to cover her costume, great for keeping the sun at bay. Along with the snacks and drinks this should keep her happy.

Beach Towels with Pockets! No more getting sand in your sandwiches!

Time savers and Life savers

One of the great ideas that I found when I was on holiday in Greece was so simple but really obvious. When you have been in the sea, you then have that long trek back up the beach and by the time that you get to your sunbed your feet are absolutely covered in sand! I noticed when on holiday, that they had placed a bowl of water next to the sunbed for rinsing your feet before laying down! Simple but very affective. Obviously you won't be carrying a bowl about with you, unless you have a car, but a good idea is to fill a bucket with water. Children always like their bucket and spade. if this doesn't appeal to you then pack a small brush for brushing the sand of your feet. Just as affective.

These days you can buy towels that fit over the sunbed that have pockets in the sides. These are a great idea. I have spent many an hour on the beach trying to hide my items under the seat, and getting them filled with sand!

A beach bag is a great idea, the reason is that it can be turned inside out and become another bag! This is good because if one side gets absolutely filthy on the beach, then you can just give it a wipe and turn it inside out!

If you are taking your Cell phone onto the beach it is a good idea to place it in a small plastic bag, so that you don't get sand in it. You can still text or ring without taking it out. There are also great phone covers that you can buy that will also do the same job. Don't forget to top up the battery before going out, and if you can, turn the phone off until you need it. There's nothing worse than trying to make a phone call when you are out, and you find that the battery is dead!

Mom and Dad

Adults are easy to cater for on a beach. But saying that we always forget something! If you don't want to get your hair dry and unmanagable always put a small amount of conditioner on it and tie your hair back. This way when you go in the sea, the water won't turn your hair into a frizz ball! The best way of doing this is dissolve one part table salt in three parts boiling water. Wait for it to cool, then mix in a spritz of conditioner. make sure you comb it through.

If you don't want to walk onto the beach looking like a milk bottle, all pale and pathetic! Give yourself a self tanning session either before you go away or the night before you hit the beach. Never ever use it for sunscreen, most of these self tanning creams are Not sun protection. Check before you use it, otherwise you might just get that lobster look! Along with Wet wipes, water based perfume and a spare bottle of water to wash your hands and feet in, these little things can make a day on the beach much more comfortable and healthy.


Just because you are on a sun kissed paradise beach, don't forget that you can still pick up lots of nasty germs! Always wash your hands before eating! Especially in those holiday destinations that make you aware of Dodgy Water! Yuck!

I always take garlic tablets, disinfectant wipes, clean water, and various medicines like pain killers, stomach tablets and various other odds and ends when I am abroad. Garlic to keep the immune system clean, disinfectant wipes to give the knives and forks, when eating out, a quick sneaky wipe! and clean water that you have bought, unopened. There is nothing worse than making yourself ill. Another good idea is to make sure that you avoid any cold food. the salads always look delicious, but if you are in a Country that has That Water, always remember that they will wash the salad in it! I went to Morocco a few years ago, and stayed in a hotel. The one night of the week when they served salad I told my family not to eat it. Only eat the hot food. The next day everybody else was being sick! But we were fine! Just remember, Cooked Food kills the germs!

Safety is a Must

I hope that some of these ideas will be helpful to you. Just remember, always be on the alert for anything dangerous. I know that sounds stupid but you have to remember that you are in a foreign country. You don't know the Tides, they could suddenly change and suck you under the water. You are in the hot sun, so always wear a sunblock, sunburn is not only uncomfortable it is downright dangerous. You could fry your brain, or at the least end up in hospital with third degree burns! Never ever do anything you wouldn't do back at home. No, you can't suddenly become a windsurfer after five minutes. No, you can't drive a scooter at 90 miles an hour on the wrong side of the road without having an accident, and last but not least, Wash Your Hands before eating! Keep clean and use your common sense. You may just have a Holiday to remember, for the right reasons!

Just remember! Wet Wipes, Hand Wash, Garlic Tablets, Sunblock, Pain Relief, Stomach Tablets and last but not least A First Aid Kit! You may not need any of these, but it's better to be safe than sorry! Have a great safe vacation!

Have a Happy Holiday

Are you ready for your vacation? Yes? Well that means you have completed all the little things that are essential to keep your house safe while you are away. Or maybe not. Are you afraid that you have left something behind? Perhaps you are scared that you forgot to do something crucial in your house. Then take a look at my hub Happy Holidays know how - Preparation is key to a carefree break

This covers everything from how to keep your plants safe, to protecting your valuables. All the little things you didn't know but needed to know.


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    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      8 years ago from England

      Hi teaches, lol! take a brush with you, and brush it away, or even take a bowl to fill with water, I learned all these tips on holiday in Greece, there was a little guy came round and brushed our feet! seriously! and on the other beach they gave us bowls to wash our feet, so much more civilised than England! haha! thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

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      Dianna Mendez 

      8 years ago

      Very useful hub and filled with great suggestions for making the trip to the beach fun and safe. I would love to have the solution to getting all the sand off your feet before entering the car. Oh well, guess that's the price you pay for fun in the sun. Voted up.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Pink, I love it too! I wish I was on a beach now! ha ha thanks again nell

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      9 years ago from Minnesota

      Such a helpful lens! I love going to the beach and I always seem to forget something at home every time.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, peggy, thanks so much! I hope to get to the coast this year, I have to see the sea! lol cheers nell

      Hi, Ralph, I love beaches too! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      9 years ago

      Fun hub! I and my family love beaches.

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      Peggy Woods 

      9 years ago from Houston, Texas

      You have put a lot of thought into what to pack for travel to the beach plus safe practices to remain healthy. Great work and since this is now summertime, hopefully many people will read this hub and follow your advice. Up, useful and will tweet this as well.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, amelie, thanks for reading it, all the little things help! lol cheers nell

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      9 years ago from Alicante, Spain

      Fantastic hub, so very useful. I like the tip about the bowl of water next to the sun bed, and the hair conditioner one too. Sunburn is not fun - great advice there!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Teylina, thanks so much! my garlic tablets do get a bit smelly! ha ha thanks again nell

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      9 years ago

      Nell, forgot to come back and suggest the oil capsules--if get at health food place (I don't usually buy naturals anywhere else, exc a few vitamins), you can get good NON-SMELLY garlic; works as well usually if you want to try.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Leighsue, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      9 years ago

      Traveling is fun. These tips will keep it fun.

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, prasetio, thanks so much, and I hope you had a great weekend, cheers nell

      Hi, tebo, I always forget something! lol or take the wrong things!

      Hi, DzyM, ha ha dish towels! you must have been there all day trying to dry yourself! thanks again nell

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      Liz Elias 

      9 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Great hub, and lots of excellent tips. Even if you don't leave your own country, you are probably far enough from home that you can't just run back and fetch a forgotten item, or trot down to the familiar neighborhood stores!

      Even adults are not immune to forgetting imporant stuff. I'll never forget the time I went camping alone, and forgot to pack any towels but dishtowels. THAT was fun at the showers!

      Voted up & useful.

    • tebo profile image


      9 years ago from New Zealand

      Enjoyed reading this hub. All I need now is to go on a holiday. You had some very useful tips for holiday makers and I agree we tend to forget to pack the most obvious things.

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      9 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Very inspiring hub. I love all information about travel and beach selection for family. I have good imagination, this could be a great travel for family where the kids love to play sands while the parents sunbathing. Thanks for writing this and share with us. Rated up! Have a nice weekend!


    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Lulu thanks so much for reading, cheers nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Qudsia, ha ha really funny! I loved baywatch too, but not because of the Hoff! there was another guy, can't remember his name though! thanks for reading, I love the beach and will be definitely heading there soon!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Chatkath, I want to be on the beach now! lol thanks again nell

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Audrey, lol! how did you know I was sending the bus?! I could do with a holiday too, 6 months in Hawaii would do me! thanks again nell

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      LULU SUE1987 

      9 years ago

      It is vacation time of year. These are some really good suggestions.

    • QudsiaP1 profile image


      9 years ago

      Holy crap Nell...!

      I believe you just made me fearful of having a beach holiday!

      Ughh, so much trouble, might as well watch a re-run of Baywatch (don't give me that look, there were some cute guys there too, though if I ever ask a guy about the characters of Baywatch they may only remember Pamela Anderson.) :P

      Honestly, I hate going to the beach, primarily because of the sand and the dodgy waters but great hub any way. :)

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      9 years ago from California

      I think everyone is ready for this hub Nell, time for a vacation! Thank you for sharing, Good Job!

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      Audrey Kirchner 

      9 years ago from Washington

      God I'm so ready for a vacation...when is the bus picking me up? (Although I do know what people in white coats are about so don't try and fool me with the 'vacation bus' for the asylum)!

      Good piece, Nell!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Teylina, I always take garlic! lol I must breath on everybody but I don't care! my friend always thinks its funny, but I don't take any chances! thanks again nell

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      9 years ago

      Cardisa, I'm reading comments, and I had to let you know my daughter went to Jamaica about a yr1/2 ago w/bunch of girlfriends (she'd just turned 30). Had a blast and informed us all when she got back she wouldn't have come back had she not had two little boys waiting for her! She's been to a lot of places/beaches/etc. but nothing, she said, like Jamaica -- hey, she even went off the high cliffs and said the guys couldn't believe it! She did admit it was scarier than when she was a teen! Says Jamaica her fave place ever!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Spirit, I wandered off and then came back! I then realised that I hadn't watched your video of the quantum hub, and it was great! it explained it so well, I knew about the electrons and particles through the holes but this was much easier to understand exactly what was going on. The one question I can't understand why the scientists don't ask is, maybe the electron stays 'round' compared to becoming a 'wave' because the 'eye' that is watching is a camera! and this is elecro magnetic! maybe the magnetic field of the camera is actually affecting the electron? keeping it 'stuck' together in a round shape! any ideas? (sorry I am answering your hub, but you haven't got your comment box up, mind you I do understand why!! lol)

      Hi, Cardisa, is that an invitation? lol I would love to visit there, maybe one of these days! thanks so much for reading it, cheers nell

      Hi, lily, thanks as always, you are so sweet! take care nell

      Hi, chspublish, that's right, even when we feel it is only warm, it can easily get to hot for little ones, thanks so much nell

      Hi, Ruby, I love those towels! I have lost my bag under my sun chair before, and then found it covered in sand! lol it weighed a ton afterwards! lol I am glad you like the sarong, I love mine, cheers nell

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      9 years ago

      Done plenty of plane travel (w w/o kids), but really enjoy having a vehicle at the beach 'cause I like to be sure I can bring back whatever I happen to run across I like! The deal about water is so true.. Even if you just carry water in the ice bucket from the hotel/etc, it's better than none when you need it. I always keep a jug of water in the trunk of my car in the summer anyway, but when headed for the beach, I try for two! Feet, hands, hair---oh, clean water! SO GLAD YOU MENTIONED GARLIC!!! It is the ONLY herb/med/whatever known to be safe when used with any pharmaceuticals (course, you could be allergic to it!) and is the ONLY KNOWN ANTIVIRAL, ANTIBACTERIAL AND ANTIFUNGAL agent. So glad you included as a must!

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Fay lol I knew it! boys with their sunglasses! my son was so addicted to his, he wore them even in the winter! mind you, he was five at the time! thanks again nell

      Hi, Spirit, thanks for reading, I loved your quantum hub by the way! just up my street that was! lol

    • Nell Rose profile imageAUTHOR

      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Pamela, I remember it well! when my son was small, I can remember always taking the wrong things, and forgetting this and that, I wish I had taken time to plan it a bit better then!

      Hi, Hello hello, thanks for taking time out to read it, I really appreciate it, cheers nell

      Hi, Fossillady, you lucky thing! what a fantastic job! I totally understand about the safety of the Tides, parents should always keep an eye on their children, I am waiting for you to take us somewhere again! maybe a trip to disney land! lol

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Nellieanna, thanks so much for reading it, I love the ocean and always get a boat or go on a hire one when I go to the sea, but this can be adapted for other holidays too, my favourite pastime is wandering around Castles! lol not sure about the sand in the sandwiches there, it is more about not getting lost in the dungeons! thanks again, nell

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      Nell Rose 

      9 years ago from England

      Hi, Happyboomer, thanks so much, I always forget to do these things myself! but now as I am much older I think I have got a bit more sense! lol cheers nell

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      9 years ago from Southern Illinois

      A really great and useful hub. I especially liked the beach towels with pockets. I have a Granddaughter who would go 'ape over the Sarong wrap. Thank you.


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      9 years ago from Ireland

      Good ideas on helping all stay safe and still have fun. Even in the 'milder' climate such as here, taking precaution, being cool, and being sensible still counts.

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      9 years ago

      Well, I'm going to march out of here, and get a ticket to Hawaii, be well, be happy Sweetpea! lily

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      Carolee Samuda 

      9 years ago from Jamaica

      Nice hub Nell. Have you ever been to Jamaica? We have some nice beaches here. Very good tips on how to make vacation memorable on the beach.

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      Xavier Nathan 

      9 years ago from Isle of Man

      Sound advice taking care of all eventualities. Thank you.

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      Fay Paxton 

      9 years ago

      Nell, you always have excellent advice. I had to laugh at what you said about boys and their sunglasses. My grandson insists that he has his and it is obvious that he thinks he's cool. He's two!


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      9 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Thank you for sharing this Nell, I just happen to be working at the beach this year in my hometown of Saugatuck, Michigan! We have a gorgeous beach and my job is to patrol it. I cringe sometimes when parents watch their kids from too far a distance. Lake Michigan has dangerous undercurrents which takes lives every year, especially kids. Parents need to be in the water with them or right there on shore. Hope everything is well with you. P.S. I watched a movie the other day about William and Kate! Haven't forgot our funny trip! :o)

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      Hello, hello, 

      9 years ago from London, UK

      A well detailed and comprehensive hub.

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      9 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I don't have any small children anymore either but your hub really covered a lot of areas to consider when taking the family to the beach.

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      Nellieanna Hay 

      9 years ago from TEXAS

      Oh my! I live alone and possibility of a seaside vacation couldn't be more remote. I am terrified of oceans, besides, though I'd probably go for an ocean cruise in calm waters. hehe

      Your writing is such a pleasure, though, and reminds me of other kinds of vacations (working or otherwise) with my young family earlier in life. It really can be a challenge! I hope this reaches more folks who really need the good tips for preparing!! Thank you for your lovely work, Nell!

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      Gail Sobotkin 

      9 years ago from South Carolina

      My son is an adult now but I still enjoyed this hub and all the advice you gave regarding traveling with kids. Brought back a lot of memories of those vacations when I forgot to do the things you've enumerated here. Thanks for this comprehensive hub. Every parent, or grandparent should read it before going away.


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