A trip to the beach comes with preparation, especially with kids, and the last thing you need to do on your dreamy Caribbean vacation is worry about the little things. Don’t let warm drinks, broken electronics and sticky sand mess with your peace of mind. Step up your beach game with this list of ultimate beach hacks, tips and tricks.
Clean Off Sand
Dipping your toes in hot sand isn’t necessarily something to complain about, but having sand all over for weeks to come can get really annoying. If you want to keep your car and clothes clean, apply baby powder on your skin to dry it out quickly and the sand will fall right off.
Waterproof Your Phone
If you still haven’t gotten your own waterproof phone case or you just forgot to pack it, there’s no need to worry. Just use a plastic ziplock bag. It will keep your phone safe and you can still use the touchscreen through it.
DIY Portable Beach Bag-Towel With a Built-in Pillow
Store Your Valuables
This is a simple yet game-changing hack. No need to watch your stuff on the beach from the water or worry about your valuables getting snatched. One of these inconspicuous TanSafe Portable Beach Safes can hide your keys, cash and phone. Or if you’re feeling crafty, try making your own using a large empty sunscreen bottle.
Don’t Lose Your Keys to the Open Seas
If you’re going for a boat ride, make sure to secure your keys beforehand. Just spend a few minutes on a DIY cork keychain to make sure they don’t end up at the bottom of the sea.
Instant Sunburn Relief
Sometimes a long day at the beach can result in minor sunburns, no matter how frequently you apply sunscreen. Make your own Aloe Vera ice cubes and prevent the stinging sensation from ruining the rest of your holiday.
DIY Solar-Powered E-Reader
This one might require a little bit of skill, but it’s definitely worth the effort. Follow the instructions and turn your conventional e-reader into a solar-powered device.
Leave Your Mark on the Sand
Get your own custom sand imprint flip-flops and surprise your significant other with a romantic message.
Fix a Broken Flip-Flop
Flip-flops tend to break at the most inconvenient times. Who would have thought that a mere bread clip is all it takes to—temporarily—fix them?