Going to the beach and looking for shells, shark teeth, or buried treasure is a great way to spend your free time. But it’s best to be prepared. Plan on spending more time than you think you will. I’ve discovered that the beach must be in another time dimension, because I swear I’ve lost an hour after what I’m positive has only been 10 minutes. What they say is true, time flies when you’re having fun. To prepare for your adventures at the beach, there are 5 essentials you should have with you:
1. Sunscreen. Yup, you’d think this would be a no-brainer, but based on the number of people I see looking like over-cooked lobsters, apparently it needs to be said. Go with an SPF of at least 30. Re-apply often. Especially if you are spending time near the water (hello, you’re at the beach…) – the reflection off the water increases your exposure.
2. Hat/Sunglasses. A hat with a brim is the best protection for your face, ears, neck, etc. Reducing the UV radiation to your eyes is something that’s often overlooked, but ignoring it can have long-term consequences, such as cataracts.
3. Water Shoes. Something to protect your feet. Broken shells can be sharp and any sort of cut is susceptible to infection, but this is particularly true during the summer at the beach. There’s also the fact that the sand can get pretty darn hot. Just don’t forget to rinse your water shoes when you get home. Trust me...
4. Water. Hydration is always important, but sometimes it’s easy to forget that just because looking for shells isn’t physically strenuous, you’re still probably sweating and need to drink water. This may be especially true if you are in pirate mode looking for buried treasure and are drinking rum (or any other adult beverage).
5. Container. You need to have something to put your treasures in! You never know what you’ll find and as soon as you forget to bring a container, that’s when you will find a ton of “just what I was looking for”. And unless you’re with someone who just happens to have large pockets, you might be out of luck in trying to get them home, and that would be sad.
So, go out to the beach. Look for treasures. Have fun and enjoy yourself!