If you’re looking for fun activities to do for the summer, you can’t go wrong with a trip to the beach. Not only is it enjoyable and relaxing, but studies show that going to the beach has various health benefits. According to research from the American Institute of Stress, the sights and sounds of the beach has a direct effect on a person’s psyche that is referred to as “beach brain”. The phenomenon explains how being at the beach can result in increased relaxation, which can help reduce stress in both the brain and the body.
With benefits for physical and mental health, it’s no wonder why people still prefer beaches to beat the heat even during these times. However, it’s important not to get too caught up in the fun summer vibe. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) cautions people against possible beach dangers such as currents, ocean debris, and sunburn. To make the most out of your summer, here’s what to pack to help you enjoy a safer summer.
Planning your outfit
When choosing clothes to pack, keep in mind that light and breezy outfits are a must for your summer wardrobe. For swimsuits, it’s useful to have an extra dry one to wear. Flip-flops, sandals, and water shoes are essential footwear to help protect your feet from burning hot sand, sharp shells ,or debris. Safety should also be considered when packing for the beach. Drowning is among the leading causes of accidental injury or mortality worldwide, so the American Academy of Pediatrics advises to do away with floaties that look like cute accessories for your children. In reality, floaties are not as secure enough for kids or adults, so US Coast Guard-approved life jackets are a much safer option to wear when swimming in open water.
Get the right beach bag
When bringing a beach bag to a crowded location, it’s a lot more helpful for you if your bag has a distinguishing pattern that lets you identify it easily. Most recommend mesh or nylon bags for you to carry your items in. It’s also preferable to have a waterproof bag with waterproof pockets, and beach products that are sand-proof are also convenient to have. Aside from the usual beach items, consider also packing a first aid kit in case of any possible injuries or emergencies that may occur.
Protection from the sun
To help protect your skin against the sun, make sure to have a strong sunscreen with a sun protection factor of 30 or higher and reapply frequently. It’s also recommended to wear protective clothing, sunglasses, and hats that shade the face, ears, and back of the neck. Baseball caps are also doable, as long as you apply sunscreen on your ears and neck, and stay in the shade when the sun is at its hottest.
Planning what to bring and what to wear can really make a difference when you’re going to the beach. Being well-prepared for your trip with the proper clothes and safety equipment can help you experience your holiday to the fullest.