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Frugal Beach Tips

Warmer weather is just around the corner or already arrived. Here are some tips for your trip to the beach.

Bring Your Own Food

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.

Blanket

Bring a lightweight blanket that will be easy to shake off, rollup and carry. An old sheet can work well for this.

Show up early

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.

Protect Yourself From the Sun

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.

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Keep Sand out of Your Camera

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.

Toys

Bring toys that will float. You will be less likely to lose them in the water.

First Aid Kit

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.

What are your beach tips? Submit them below.

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July 28, 20080 found this helpful

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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