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Must-haves in your beach bag

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Kids getting impatient, time running by, and you give in to the temptation of heading to the beach as soon as possible to make the most of the sun, the warm and pleasant turquoise sea. Once at the beach, you realise that you forgot your towel or your sunscreen. It happens more often than one might think. To ensure that you have all your accessories and other necessary items when you go to the beach, the best option is to pack in advance.

It starts with a checklist of must-haves in your beach bag. It is recommended to have a long towel to protect you from the sand. White and warm sand can be fascinating and enticing, but when it sticks to your skin, it can be bothersome. 

With its reverberation rate of about 15 percent, sand helps tanning without rapid burns as snow would. It nevertheless returns the radiations of the sun. It is therefore important to protect your eyes and skin.  


Sunglasses are indispensable. Choose an enveloping frame and make sure it is CE approved (preferably CE3 or CE4) for full protection. A hat can always be handy to protect your eyes and face. Choose a wide-brimmed hat for full neck coverage. 


Protection from the sun

Sunscreen must be applied in sufficient layers on uncovered parts of the body. Choose sunscreens with a minimum SPF30 protection and a maximum of SPF50 for extreme conditions. They will protect you from both UVB and UVA radiations. It is important to apply sunscreen every two hours and after each swim. A word of caution though! Applying sunscreen does not mean that you can remain exposed to the sun longer. The only total screen is your clothing. Dry clothes, even light clothes, filter UV rays. They are your best allies against overexposure of sun.

Clearly, heat makes your thirsty. When you are on a tropical island, by the sea, the risk of dehydration is high. You must include a bottle of water in your beach bag and something to munch on just in case there are no food stands nearby.

A first-aid kit is another brilliant item to pack in your beach bag. You can always take out compresses, dressings, antiseptics, physiological saline solution to wash out your eyes or paracetamol if you have a headache.

A pair of slippers will allow you to keep your sneakers clean. They can be worn as soon as you arrive on the beach.  If you want to stay dry, make sure to pack spare underwear.

Finally, to capture those unforgettable moments with your family and friends, don’t forget your camera or smartphone. And yes --- a good book is always a friendly companion after a swim, especially as you soak up the sun on your towel.