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When leaving the beach, it's great to have a disposable duster in your vehicle or beach bag. Before entering your vehicle, have the handle and extra disposable duster heads handy to use on your feet for fast and easy removal of sand. Just gently brush off the sand and you are ready to go. No need to even touch any more sand! No messy baby powder needed.
One disposable head lasts through quite a few cleanings. It works every time and you can leave the sand on the beach where it belongs. Also, keep one handy on your car door for dusting the inside of your vehicle. Works especially well if you have a dark colored dash, door handles and control panels. Happy dusting!
With the summer coming I thought this would be good to share, to remove any dry or wet sand, put baby powder on sandy feet or legs and wipe with towel. Your feet and legs will come clean and you'll smell nice and fresh.
By Eleanor G.
Another way to get sand off is to leave a liter bottle of water in the car and pour it over your feet and then wiping it dry before getting into the car.
Use baby powder (cheapest works the same) for sandy hands and especially sandy feet at the beach. You know how hard it is to get all the sand free from your toes and feet, legs, your hands. It just seems to cling there, even though you have rinsed in the water and towel dried them. And your feet still feel gritty in your sandals or sneakers. Well, after you towel dry really well, sprinkle baby powder on them and rub it in. It immediately removes all excess sand from your body.
An Oncologist who spoke at our women's group told us that talcum powder ingredients are found in cancer tumors during autopsy, so it obviously contains carcinogens. Since then, I am very careful to hold my breath when I use it, and I use it very sparingly. Just a word to the wise. After all, it is made of chemicals. Research what is in these products before you let your children or yourself casually use them. Good luck.
Warmer weather is just around the corner or already arrived. Here are some tips for your trip to the beach.
Bring a cooler with beverages and food so that you don't have buy them at a snack bar. If you aren't sure that water is available at the beach make sure to bring plenty of your own. You don't want to get dehydrated.
Bring a lightweight blanket that will be easy to shake off, rollup and carry. An old sheet can work well for this.
If you want a good parking place, get there as early as possible. You also will have first choice of where to lay down your blanket.
Bring your own sunscreen, lip balm (with sun protection), sunglasses and a hat. There is nothing worse that coming home with a horrible sunburn and sunscreen is usually quite expensive at the beach. Buy a sunscreen that provides at least 15 SPF protection. Don't forget to put sunscreen on your ears and feet! Bring a long sleeved shirt to put on if you feel yourself starting to burn.
Put your camera in a ziplock freezer bag to prevent sand from getting into the works or scratching your lense. This can be a good idea even if you have a camera bag and lens cap, sand has a way of getting everywhere.
Bring toys that will float. You will be less likely to lose them in the water.
Bring a little first aid kit with bandaids, anti-bacterial cream, a sewing needle and tweezers for slivers. Bring some meat tenderizer to apply to bee stings or mosquito bites.
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One of the best beach tips I ever read was to sprinkle on baby powder when you leave the beach. It loosens the sand and makes it fall right off! Also, if you have little ones invest in one of those plastic mesh bags or nylon mesh drawstring bags with large holes to tote beach toys in. This way most of the sand falls through the holes before you get to your car. I always bring a gallon of clean water to rinse eyes, cuts, etc. with. The less you have to bring the better-If I was going alone or with my husband I would probably bring a towel, sunblock, and something to read and drink. But I have 5 kids and there are just some things that are worth bringing to the beach that make it more enjoyable with them.
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Instead of taking the kids to the funfair on holiday, spend time on the beach with them. A little tent is ideal for putting up and stowing all kinds of things. A donkey ride is just as much fun as many of the kids rides - and a lot cheaper and greener too.
By Barbara from Stone, Staffordshire