Everyone loves beach holidays! The little ones can dig in
the sand and splash in the lapping waves. The older ones can
swim, get a tan, or just relax. The inquisitive types can
explore for sea life, tide pools, and drift wood. The warm
breezes and natural beauty are invigorating and restorative.
Any trip, however, can cause discomfort if you do not plan
well. Here are things you can do to make your beach holidays
easier, safer, and more meaningful.
In many parts of the world, people head for their beach
holidays in the family car. When planning a trip, it's
always a good idea to give the car a good cleaning out
first. This will give you more room for your luggage. Stock
you glove box, too, with a few first aid and comfort items,
such as sun block, acetaminophen for headaches, a roll of
antacids, a few cough drops, and a few band aids. Don't
forget a couple of scrunchies or pony-tail holders for long hair.
Get the tires checked and replace any that are likely to go
flat. Get an oil change if it's getting close. Road trips
are not much fun when they include breakdowns. And whatever
you do, make sure you have a map and a place to keep it
Traveling with kids is always a challenge. They may be
particularly excited and impatient when they know they are
going on beach holidays. Make sure they have cool water
bottles and healthy snacks to munch. Try a simple car game
to make the time pass. Many kids like looking for letters of
the alphabet on signs. Or maybe seeing how many states license plates you can find.
For even more fun, create an "I See" treasure hunt. If several people get involved it can
be quite fun.
With beach holidays particularly, there is always a need to
provide for skin safety. Be particularly careful about being
in the sun for long stretches of time between 10:00 a.m. and
4:00 p.m. Use a sun block with a high SPF rating and replace
it after getting wet or drying off with your towel. The
towel you choose can make a difference too. Thick towels get
heavy and tend to trap a lot of sand. You may find you like
thin towels at the beach. Wear sunglasses to protect your
eyes and some sort of foot protection to keep your feet from
being burned on the hot sand.
With a little preparation your beach holidays can be
enjoyable and problem-free. When you arrive home you will be
relaxed, refreshed, and ready for work. Take a minute to
unpack and get your laundry going. It won't belong until the
kids will be shouting, "When can we go on beach holidays