5 Essential Beach Travel Safety Tips

5 Essential Beach Travel Safety TipsFor summer vacation, many travelers head to beach destinations to relax and unwind. While beach vacations can be relaxing with the sun, sand and surf, they also can be incredibly dangerous. So that you have a safe and sound beach vacation this summer, don’t leave home without these safety tips for the beach.

Take Precautions For Sun Exposure:
As skin cancer rates climb, travelers headed to beach destinations need to get serious about the sun. If you are going to the beach for your summer vacation, you need to apply a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher before you go out in the sun, after swimming and every few hours depending on how long you are outside. It is also a good idea to pack a wide brimmed hat, sunglasses or even an umbrella to provide a little shade away from the sun.

Know How To Get Out of Strong Rip Currents:
All too often beach vacations turn into tragic nightmares due to rip currents. You can be swept away from shore very quickly if you get caught in a rip current. If you do find yourself in this situation, it is best to not panic or exhaust yourself trying to fight the current. Experts advise to swim parallel to the shore, instead of fighting the current. Once you are out of the current, you can turn and swim toward the shore.

Pay Attention To Beach Flag Warnings: Most beaches feature flags of different colors, indicating what the surf and current levels are like that day. You shouldn’t take these colors as mere suggestions. Not all beaches are ideal for swimming and some can be dangerous based merely on the day. It is a good idea to check with the beach you want to visit to find out how safe it is for swimming on your vacation.

Don’t Bring Valuables To The Beach: In many tourist areas, thieves are lurking on beaches, waiting for you to head into the water for a swim. While you are splashing around, they are stealing your valuables. Travelers shouldn’t leave any valuables unattended on the beach. If you want to swim, be sure someone is manning your belongings in the meantime. You can also go one step further and tie long purse straps to your chair to prevent a quick grab and dash. There are also purses on the market that are slash proof and can be locked to umbrellas and chairs.

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate: If you are planning a beach vacation, you can’t just head to those sands unprepared. There is more work involved in the preparation department than your typical sightseeing vacation. You might be on isolated stretches of beach without any services. You need to bring water and snacks with you in most cases. If you don’t hydrate while out on the beach, you could face disorientation and heat stroke. If water doesn’t seem to be helping, it might be time to head back to your hotel for a rest, especially if you have been out during the heat of the day.

Post your Comments












Book with OneTravel

  • Flights
  • Hotels
  • Cars
From:
To:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Click here for calendar
Time:
Adults:
Seniors: (65+)
Children:(2-11)
Infants on lap:
Infants on seat:
Class:
Save on Bookings with 3+ pax
or hotel stays of 3+ nights
this month withSM25

RecentPosts

  • 5 Celebrities Who Have Mastered Airport StyleComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 15 Sep 2014
  • Dressing for the airport can be tricky, especially if you want to stay comfortable but also avoid looking like an unmade bed. Luckily for travelers, celebrities have mastered how to look chic while traveling through the airport. If you want to emulate some stars’ airport style, here are five celebrities who whisk through the airport in the greatest of fashions....read more

  • 3 Healthy Ways to Pass the Time During a LayoverComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, last post 12 Sep 2014
  • Even if you’re stuck at the most exciting airport on the planet, it’s still a good idea to have a few ideas for how to pass the time at the ready. Bonus points if they are healthy and will help you enjoy your trip even more!...read more

  • XE Currency App Even Comes in Handy When You're OfflineComments: 1Rating: 0 / 0

    1
  • By:Chris Osburn, last post 11 Sep 2014
  • The XE currency app enables travelers to “convert every currency on-the-go” by offering “live proprietary exchange rates and historical charts” to make calculating prices and exchange rates fast and hassle free. The app has seen more than 25 million downloads since its release, including my own. I use this app all time....read more

  • What To Do If Your Luggage Is Lost At The AirportComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Suzy Guese, last post 10 Sep 2014
  • Lost luggage is all too common of a reality for the air traveler. If you find yourself in this position, don’t panic. Here are four steps you should follow when your bag doesn’t roll down the carousel....read more

  • 3 Markets to Visit in Seville, SpainComments: 0Rating: 0 / 0


  • By:Jen Westmoreland Bouchard, last post 09 Sep 2014
  • Here are my suggestions for three different markets to visit while you’re in Seville. One word of advice: take your time and savor every sight, sound, smell, touch and taste. You’ll remember them for years to come....read more