The Best Beach Hacks Recommended to Us by Experts

It's official: beach season is here and it's in full swing.

During summer when planning a dream beach vacation has perhaps never been more liberating, we think it's wise to review the basics and beach safety tips before heading to your next destination on the sand.

Whether you're heading to a lakeside cabin in New England, exploring the white sand beaches of the Caribbean, or driving along the varied coastline of the Golden State, you'll want to be prepared beyond packing a bathing suit and a water bottle.

Of course, we all know that we should wear a lot of sunscreens, bring a hat and a good read on the beach, and wear life jackets on the boats, but there is so much more to creating a perfect day at the beach.

Below you will find our curated list of tips, tricks, and tricks from all types of beach and water professionals to ensure calmer trips to the coast this year.

We spoke to dozens of experts, from surf and dive instructors to tidal experts and marine professionals, and the founder of a unique beach planning app.

So read on, pack your favorite beach bag and have a nice trip, don't forget to pack extra sunscreen!

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1. Always wear water shoes

Nikki Webster, travel expert and creator of the blog Brit On the Move, recommended wearing water shoes, no matter what kind of beach day you're planning.

“There are a few reasons for this: Most of us tend to go to the beach in flip-flops.

This seems rational until the sand is unbearably hot, ”she said. “I can't tell you how many times people get their feet burned in the sand! Also, you never know what's under the water; it can be rocky.

Webster also noted that water shoes make great walking shoes, which is good to keep in mind if you're taking a short walk after a day on the sand.

2. Make a water safety plan

"If you're in a boat, kayak, or rowboat, wear a life jacket," said Alex Fogg, coastal resource manager for Destin Fort Walton Beach in Florida.

“Besides being a smart idea, in many cases, it is the law.

Whether you are going sailing, swimming, snorkeling, or snorkeling, be sure to let someone know what your plans are so they can help you in the event of an emergency. This is called "presenting a floating plane."

3. When surfing, know the tides

Stacey Marmolejo, who created Florida Beach Break (the most comprehensive guide to Florida's space coast), noted that those interested in surfing should take the time to learn about the tides.

"The transition from low tide to high tide takes about six hours," she said. “If you're surfing an unfamiliar beach with a sandy bottom, your best chance of catching a wave is to plan a session at mid-low to the mid-high tide.

That way, if the surf breaks better at low tide, you will catch the end, and if the break breaks better at high tide, you will catch the beginning.

“Of course, if you are a beginner surfer, it is definitely best to work with an instructor as you begin to learn how the tides work."

4. Learn the hand signs of diving

For those interested in a dive vacation, whether for the first time or for the 15th time, keeping manual dive cues in mind is crucial.

"Scuba diving is a lot of fun, but it's risky unless you know what you're doing," explained Torben Lonne, dive instructor and founder of the DiveIn water sports equipment guide.

“While you are underwater, you must communicate properly with the rest of the team or with the instructor.

There isn't much room for improvisation: divers have a very different list of hand signals that they use to exchange information.

Also, it is interesting that some signals are different underwater and on the surface.

For example, saying 'ok' 'underwater' is done when you form the letter O with your thumb and forefinger.

However, when you are outside, you touch your head with one arm and it forms a much larger letter O. "

5. Keep your beach bag sand-free

A product specialist gave advice on how to avoid bringing sand home.

"Keep beach sand-free by hanging it from rails, fences, coffee tables, and bar counters," said Trish Sweeney, vice president of Topcor, an innovation company. "Try using a bag hanger like this one, which holds up to 33 pounds."

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