Summer Beach Bag Essentials

Summer is officially here, which has vacationers ready to head to the beach to catch some rays and waves. Whether it’s a family trip to the beach or parents sending their kids to spend the day by the shore, lake or pool, there are several must-have items that should be in every beach bag before going for fun in the sun.

      • Lip balm: Lip protection is important to keep lips from getting chapped by the breeze or burned by the sun.
      • Water shoes or flip-flops: Choose shoes that can get wet and rinse off easily. If you are heading to a public pool that has rough cement, going fresh water swimming with a rocky bottom or to the ocean it would be safer to opt for water shoes with rubber soles with a mesh covering to protect your family’s feet and toes. Shoes also help protect delicate feet from hot sand and asphalt, which can cause severe burns.
      • Water bottle: Even though your family is spending the day at the beach, it is very important that you rehydrate throughout the day and having water handy will encourage your kids to replenish their fluids. Avoid alcoholic beverages; coffee, soda or other beverages with caffeine; and any type of carbonated drinks which are dehydrating.
      • Head protection: Whether you choose a floppy straw hat, a trendy baseball cap or a bucket cap – be sure to include hats for every member of your family in your beach bag. Remember that ears get sunburned too, so choosing a wide-brimmed hat is extremely useful for keeping the sun off ears, face and head.
      • Eye protection: Sunglasses help keep the eyes shielded from the harmful effects of the sun and also keep you from squinting, which cause wrinkles. Be sure to choose sunglasses that have UV protection.
      • Sun protection: According to the Environmental Working Group, the best sunscreen is a hat and a shirt because there are no chemicals for the skin to absorb and no questions about whether the product works. But if sunscreen is a “must,” visit their website http://www.ewg.org to read their “2013 Sunscreen Guide” for information on choosing the safest. Also see this article.
      • Summer first aid kit for active families: Be prepared by keeping a first aid kit on hand for any incident that could put a damper on summer fun. A topical natural healing cream can help with sunburn, skin ailments such as eczema and poison ivy, bug bites and bumps and bruises.

Christina Towle is the media relations liaison for Topical BioMedics, Inc. headquartered in Rhinebeck, NY. Topical BioMedics is the research and development leader in topical regulated natural biomedicines for pain relief. The company’s flagship product, Topricin® Pain Relief and Healing Cream, was introduced in 1994 and is now a leading natural therapeutic brand.  Prior to joining with Topical BioMedics, Christina wrote for Healthygirl.net and handled public relations for Gigi Hudson Valley – a farm-to-fork food company.

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