A beach holiday deserves to be stress-free. Here are some useful hacks that will make your holiday by the sea go smoothly.
Buy a beach bag
Handbags can get destroyed by sun, sea and sand and generally aren’t big enough to store everything you need for the beach. Stay practical by buying yourself a beach bag before you set off. There are lots of stylish beach bags on the market for less than £15 – you can shop around online to find a bag suited to your style. You can even match beach bags to other clothing such as a dress or a hat, helping you to create a striking look.
Embrace the versatility of a shawl
Shawls are versatile fashion accessories to have when at the beach. If the temperature dips and you start to get chilly, you can wear them over your shoulders. If you want some extra modesty but don’t want to get changed out of your swimsuit, you can also tie them around your waist to use a shawl as a skirt. You can even used them as a headscarf for a chic look that protects your hair from the sun. It’s the perfect accessory for helping you to achieve different looks whilst providing various practical uses. Shawls are inexpensive and you can find all different types of colours and designs.
Use these swimwear hacks to suit your body type…
Choosing swimwear can be a mission for some people that aren’t happy with their body type. You may find yourself trying multiple swim suits on in the changing room mirror, but not feeling confident about any of them. Fortunately, there are swimsuits and bikinis out there for all shapes and sizes – it’s all about the style of the swimwear. Certain tricks can help to boost body positivity by highlighting your best features and hiding the features you’re less confident about. For example, if you’re plus-size you can often use block colours and high waisted swimsuits to help bring out the right curves. If you’re slender with a small bust, you can contrastingly use wild patterns on a skimpy bikini or swimsuit to add volume to your hips and bust whilst emphasising your slim figure.
Buy a waterproof blanket
Waterproof blankets are much more comfortable than beach towels, easier to clean and as the name suggests… they’re also waterproof! You can buy these blankets online relatively cheaply. They can be a bit bulkier than towels resulting in them taking up more bag space, but are worth the added benefits.
Use these ziplock bag hacks…
Ziplock bags can come in handy in various ways when visiting the beach. A large ziplock bag can be great for storing wet clothes and towels, allowing you to put these items in your bag without other contents getting sodden. A small ziplock bag meanwhile can be great for storing your bottle of sun lotion, helping to prevent a spillage. You can also use ziplock bags to keep your phone in top prevent getting sand and water on your mobile – you can still use the touchscreen through these bags!
Bring an e-reader and portable charger
Paperback books can get easily damaged by the sand and sea. Consider using an e-reader instead for reading on the beach. By bringing a portable charger you can stay powered up and not have to worry about finishing the next chapter before the battery dies. It’s also possible to buy portable solar chargers to hook up your e-reader too so that you’ve got a constant power supply. Make sure that you’ve got enough shade to read under – not only could the intense light make it more difficult to read, it could overheat your device, which is why you’re best taking shelter.
Use yoghurt to treat sunburn
By applying enough sun lotion, you shouldn’t have to worry about sunburn. But if for whatever reason you find yourself getting caught out, don’t feel you have to buy a bottle of after sun to alleviate the pain. Applying yoghurt could be just as effective – yoghurt has anti-inflammatory properties and contains useful nutrients that your skin can soak up to help it heal. See if your hotel has any plain yoghurt than you can use for free.
Use coconut oil to fight frizzy hair
The sun and sea can be a bad combination for certain hair types causing the hair to dry out and become brittle. This can lead to messy frizzing. For a DIY anti-frizz trick, try using coconut oil. This oil is rich in proteins that can help to bring life back to your hair, not only fighting frizz but adding sheen. It’s just as effective as any beach shampoo and a lot cheaper.
Bring some baby powder to get wet sand off
One of the worst things about the beach is having to deal with the wet sand afterwards. Rubbing it off with a towel generally doesn’t work. Instead, you’re best off using baby powder. This clings to the wet sand and allows you to more easily brush it off.
Disguise your valuable whilst in the sea
Unfortunately, there are criminals who make a living out of stealing unsuspecting beachgoers possessions and then selling them on. You can keep your valuables safe whilst in the sea by cleverly hiding them. You could carry around a used suncream bottle for hiding your phone and keys in. Another option which is ideal for parents is to wrap your phone and keys in a nappy – thieves will stay well clear of it thinking that it’s a used nappy.