Top Ten Tips For the Best Beach Holidays
By Yvonne Dawson
We all have different types of holidays that we prefer to others, for some its city breaks, some like skiing, but many of us prefer beach holidays every year. Relaxing on golden sands is quite high on many people's tick lists. Whether you're travelling to a tropical island or staying here in the UK, being safety conscious is very important, so here are my top ten tips for staying safe on your beach holidays.
1. Sun Cream: Never forget to take sun cream with you on beach holidays, if you do forget, head to the nearest shop immediately or borrow some! It only takes 10 minutes to damage your skin and not much longer for it to begin burning. Remember to re-apply throughout the day, especially after swimming.
2. Fluids: Take some bottles of water with you and drink frequently, it's surprising how quickly we can dehydrate in the sun, and drinking alcohol does not count as fluid on this occasion! Alcohol can cause dehydration and mixing it with too much sun is basically a recipe for disaster.
3. Shade: We like to make the most of our time at the beach so usually arrive at the crack of dawn and stay until the sun goes down, this is way too long to be spending in the intense sun so make sure you choose a sun bed with the option of shade, preferably under an umbrella where you are in control of when you use it.
4. Footwear: The sand can get extremely hot in the heat of the day, and can sometimes burn your feet so remember to take a pair of flip flops or beach shoes with you. Be careful of sharp stones or shells and some shorelines are also quite pebbly and can make your feet really sore.
5. Diving: Never ever dive off rocks or jetties unless you know what is under the water and how deep it is. Having fun in the water is a great part of beach holidays so make sure you stay safe.
6. Swimming: Don't swim too soon after eating as this can cause stomach cramps and never swim after consuming alcohol. Stay in the designated areas - the roped off areas are there for a reason...and always remember to tell someone where you are going. Currents can change incredibly quickly and catch out even the most experienced of swimmers.
7. Water sports: Always make sure that you use a recommended company and check that they have insurance, always wear the life jacket provided and listen to the guidelines given to you. Again, make sure you tell someone where you are going and never do water sports after consuming alcohol.
8. Children: Children are in their element on beach holidays but never leave them unattended whilst they play, it is very easy for them to wander off and lose their bearings or get into difficulties even in shallow water.
9. Sleep: Relaxing on a lilo as the water laps around you is a wonderful pastime on beach holidays. Drifting around the waters edge is a great way to cool down, but be careful not to fall asleep, this could not only lead to you drifting out to sea, but also serious sun burn.
10. Keep belongings safe: Try not to take valuables to the beach with you, put phones and cameras in a bag, zip it up and tuck the bag well out of sight or even fasten it to the sun bed if you can. Opportunist thieves will not want to attract attention to themselves by having to rummage through your belongings.
Hopefully these simple tips will help make sure your beach holidays are safe holidays and ones you'll remember happily for many years to come.
Yvonne also writes informative and fun new stories for Travelnewz
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