Warm weather is here, and you know what that means: beach trips. While we all have our go-to list of our favorite beach essentials (sunscreen, towels, snacks, etc.), there are a few more unique things you need for the beach this year.To help you make the most out of your
1. Aloe Vera Ice Cubes
We try our hardest to apply enough sunscreen to protect us from the sun’s rays, but sometimes we still get too hot or sunburnt. Give your family immediate cooling relief with aloe vera ice cubes.
What you’ll need:
- Aloe vera gel
- Ice cube trays
- Plastic bags
To make these sunburn relievers, simply squeeze your aloe vera into each individual ice cube tray compartment. Once full, pop the trays in the freeze for about an hour. Before heading out to the beach, throw them in a Ziploc plastic bag (just make sure you keep them in a cooler with enough ice, otherwise they’ll melt). When you need them, just pop them out and apply to your neck, ankles, wrists or the sunburned area. Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen if you’re heading back in the sun.
2. Pocketed Beach Towel
How many times have you been unable to completely relax on the beach because you were too worried about keeping track of your personal belongings? Between crunched up book pages, sandy headphones and lost sunglasses, it’s a wonder how anything makes it home alive after a day at the beach. The solution? Pocketed towels.
To do this yourself, all you need to do is flip over one side of your towel, making it as shallow as the length of your longest beach item. You can then pin it in place, marking the length of each pocket. Once you’ve marked these lines, sew along these marks to create the pockets.
This allows you to create a designated spot for your books, sunscreen, headphones, sunglasses, phone and other things you need for the beach — leaving them protected and within arm’s reach.
3. Outdoor Drink Holder
Ice-cold drinks and blistering summer heat mean one thing: messy condensation. Add sand to that mix? It’s a recipe for disaster. Keep your summer bottles and cans clean by placing them in DIY outdoor drink holders.
With a tin can, fabric, threaded rod and a few basic craft supplies, you can create your own drink holder in no time. Once it’s made, stick the rod into the ground at the beach, camping or even just in your backyard. To get the full tutorial, check out Positively Splendid.
4. Talc-Free Baby Powder
It’s pretty safe to say that sand will stick to just about anything — especially if it’s wet. While this may not be a big deal while you’re enjoying a beautiful afternoon under the sun, it can be particularly annoying to be full of sand when you’re ready to change into dry clothes or head into your car.
To get the sand off of your body quickly, all you need is talc-free baby powder (which is a safer alternative to pure talcum powder) or cornstarch. Sprinkle the powder anywhere there is sand, and gently rub it off. The powder will absorb the moisture, allowing for the sand to fall off.
5. Capri Sun Slushies
Beach days can get pretty hot, leaving us with a craving for something cold by the time the afternoon rolls around. Instead of splurging on an over-priced ice cone from a vendor, come prepared with your own fruit juice slushies.
The night before you go to the beach, slip a few packs of Capri Sun in your freezer. When you’re ready to head out the door, store them in your cooler. By the time you’re ready to drink them, they’ll be defrosted just enough to be in a slushie form. Cut off the top, and scoop with a spoon or drink with a straw.
6. Frozen Water Balloons
We all know water balloons can be a great time — but what if we told you they could also be functional? Fill your balloons with water the night before your beach trip so they’re nice and frozen in the morning. You can then use them to keep your cooler cold instead of using ice (that will melt and get everywhere) or ice packs (which you’ll have to worry about remembering to bring home). Once they melt, you can even use them for a water balloon fight.
Bonus tip: Bring a few deflated balloons along with you. If you ears get clogged, you can blow into the balloon to clear them out. This has a similar effect to yawning.
7. Peanut Butter Snack Jar
Like we’ve said, sand has a tendency to get everywhere — like in your unsealed bags of chips. Skip the traditional snacks and go for cleaner, more protected snack storage.
Instead of throwing away your empty jars of peanut butter, clean them out and give them an upcycled purpose: snack holder. Fill the bottom with peanut butter and top them with fresh celery. This system also works well to hold trail mix, fruit, nuts and other healthy snacks.
8. Wine Cork Keychain
We’ve all been there: That moment when you realize (one minute too late) that you jumped into the water with your keys in your pocket. Now, your keys are lost and sunken somewhere in the ocean.
The way to get around this? Create your own wine cork keychain — the wine cork will allow your keys to float. To make your own, simply screw a loop screw into a cork. You can then attach a chain ring and hook it to your keys.
9. Natural Bug Repellant
Besides sunburn, there’s one big thing than can turn a beach day south: bug bites. It turns out
mosquitoes hate the smell of cloves and anything that is citrusy, so chase them away with an all-natural combination of the two. Slice limes in half and place them on a plate. Then, press in cloves. It’s that easy!
10. Inflatable Kiddie Pool
If you’re in charge of little ones, you probably know how scary it can be to let them wander into the waves (even with you’re with them). To keep them safe, bring your own small inflatable pool along with you. You can park your pool right on the beach and keep your toddlers cozy, occupied with their toys and in site. Don’t forget to bring buckets to fill it with water right from the beach.
11. Green Tea Face Mist
To keep your skin feeling cool and hydrated, bring your own green tea face mist. Green tea is rich in antioxidants, anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties — making it a great aid for skin at the beach.
What you’ll need:
- Spray bottle
- Cold water
- Ice cubes
- Green tea bags
Mix the ingredients together and keep it in cool place during the day. Whenever your skin is feeling dry or hot, give yourself a quick mist.
By remembering these 11 things to bring to the beach, you’ll be able to make the most out of your summer trip. Do you have a favorite beach hack? We’d love to hear! Let us know in the comments section.