Travel Tips: How to Keep Your Stuff Safe on the Beach
How to Have a Safe Beach Trip
Each year millions of people travel to the beach for an enjoyable day, but many go unprepared for its hazards. Many people get so caught up in the vacation aspect of is that they forget how dangerous the beach can be.
Look at the sun UV rating before leaving.You need to realize that even if it's a cloudy day, the sun rays can still affect skin the same on a sunny and clear day.
Research the conditions of the water at the beach you’re planning to visit.Riptides and undercurrents can make a seemingly gentle ocean suddenly become dangerous when they start pulling people out to sea. 80 percent of lifeguard rescues are due to rip currents. Checking surf reports to see if there are any storms that can churn up the ocean is also important if you plan on snorkeling or sailing.
Make sure there are lifeguards present when you are swimming.This is extremely important if children are coming. Remember, just because there are lifeguard towers, doesn’t mean they will be on duty while you’re swimming. Some lifeguards are only on duty until 5 or 6 PM. Ask the lifeguards where the safest places are for children to swim.
Come prepared.Make sure you are fully equipped with everything you may need including:
- Fully stocked first aid kit
- Prescription medications including inhalers or Epipens.
- Swimsuits and shoes
- Sunscreen of at least 30 SPF
- Map of the area
- Umbrellas for shade
- Beach towels and blanket
- Cooler with ice, drinks, and bottled water
- Food like sandwiches, jerky, crackers, trail mix, cookies, and fruit.
- Beach toys
Assign responsible people to watch the children under your care.Never leave a child unattended at the beach. Even though lifeguards are present, never assume they will watch over little children or specific individuals. They are there to scan and watch the waters for animal and water dangers, as well as the general beach-goers.
Don’t dive into unknown waters.To protect your head and spine, always go feet first. It may be more shallow than you estimated and there may be sharp rocks below.
Always stay well hydrated.Prolonged sun exposure and sweating can leave you dehydrated before you even realize what’s happened. Avoid tea and caffeinated sodas because they act as diuretics and can dehydrate you even more. Water and sports drinks like Gatorade are good for replacing lost water and electrolytes.
Observe the signs and regulations at your beach.Many beaches prohibit alcohol, pets, fishing, campfires, and restrict vehicles on the sand.
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- Don’t bring glass containers. Broken glass and bare feet aren’t a very good combination.
- Always stay informed of any preexisting medical conditions like asthma, allergies, diabetes, heart conditions, epilepsy etc.
- Never swim alone.
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Date: 14.12.2018, 06:11 / Views: 41333