It’s finally back in the 80’s here in Central Florida, which means it’s time to hit the beach once more. Toyota of Orlando is celebrating the kickoff of beach season with some beach hacks to ensure your trip to the coast is easy breezy and tons of fun. Let’s get started!
Use our beach hacks to make the most of spring and summer
- Invest in baby powder even if there aren’t any babies in your troupe. You can sprinkle it on legs and feet and then brush sand off easily so you don’t track it into your car and you don’t have to go hunting for an outdoor shower or spigot.
- Bring a fitted sheet with you. Lay it out so the corners are facing up, and then tuck a cooler or beach back into each corner and fold the sides up to create a barrier. Voila! No more sand blowing onto your towels and blankets.
- Want a kiddie pool to cool off the smaller beachgoers in your group? Dig a hole, line it with a plastic shower curtain liner (you can get them at the dollar store), and fill with water!
- Hide your valuables when you go down to the water’s edge. You can wrap them up in a clean diaper – it’ll look dirty, so people won’t mess with it. Or, take an old sunscreen bottle, clean it out, cut the bottom off, and hide valuables in there!
- Freeze your water bottles and use them as ice packs in the cooler. Not only will it keep your snacks nice and cool, you’ll also have ice cold water as they slowly defrost over the course of the day.
Toyota of Orlando shares ways to make your beach days even better
- If you’ve got little ones with you that you need to keep corralled, bring an inflatable kiddie pool. It folds up small for easy transport, but then you can simply blow it up once you’re at the beach to keep kids and toys in one spot.
- Buy a cheap mesh laundry bag to store your beach toys – it has holes in it like a strainer, so you can just shake it at the end of the day and sift all the sand out before you stow it in the back of your car.
- Talk about swim safety with your family before you hit the water. You should all know how to spot rip currents (look for things like a line of different-colored water, a line of seaweed, debris, or foam moving out to sea, or a break in the incoming wave pattern) and also how to get out of them – swim parallel to the shore until you’ve gotten out of the current instead of swimming straight to shore.
- Keep your sunscreen in the cooler – it’ll feel a lot better when you go to reapply it as the day progresses!
Whether you’re heading to New Smyrna for a day or to the west coast for a weekend, happy beaching!