Everyone loves a beach vacation! We’ve come up with a few tips to make your trip to the beach even better! Thanks to our staff for submitting some of their favorites that we added along with a few of our own. If we’ve missed your favorite tip, we’d love to hear from you! To share your tip, please post it in a comment.
1. Avoid tracking sand into your car or home by applying baby powder wherever you have sand on your body. Mixed with the baby powder, the sand falls right off and you are left with silky smooth sand-free skin. The relaxing aroma is an added plus.
2. Don’t stress about collecting your spare change–the Surfside Beach parking meters take credit and debit cards at most locations.
3. Better yet, no need to worry about parking meters; allow us to do the driving for you! Our complimentary Plantation Resort shuttle bus will pick you up steps from your door and take you to and from the beach at the Surfside Beach pier.
4. Freeze water bottles and store them in your cooler. It will keep snacks, towels and other beach items cool while also maintaining a steady supply of cold water to drink for your day at the beach.
5. Put ice in the cooler last. Cold air travels downward. Load cans and bottles first, then cover with ice the for maximum chill. Loading larger items first also helps maximize space in your cooler.
6. There’s always an ocean breeze. Use the wind to shake out your towels and beach blankets. This will help prevent wear and tear on washers and driers. Please be a good neighbor and avoid shaking your towels with anyone downwind.
7. Store your electronics in plastic bags. Are you tired of worrying about your cellphone getting wet every time you go to the beach? You hate to take it, but also hate to be without it? Turn to a trusty zip-lock plastic bag and never worry about it getting soaked or sandy again.
8. A four-wheel wagon is a good alternative to a stroller. It rolls through the sand easier and gives you more space for beach toys, coolers, etc..
9. Plan for some down time. Families who go to the beach in the morning and expect to be there the whole day may find it frustrating if their kids have sudden meltdowns. Rather than expecting to be at the beach for several hours, plan for a little down time. It’s well worth it, because it will avoid unhappy scenes and unfortunate memories. See tip #3 for an easy way to go to and from the beach.
10. Know where the bathrooms are. Most families forget about bathroom time until they absolutely need it. Unfortunately, the ocean is not a big bathroom facility — you need to find a place to go that’s secure and sanitary. Before you settle in for your beach day, discover where the closest bathrooms are. When you or your child needs them, you’ll know exactly where to look. If going to Surfside Beach pier, bathrooms are conveniently located at the pier parking lot and on the pier in the ice cream shop. A perfect way to make a run to the restroom more enjoyable is returning with an ice cream treat!
11. Bring along a change of clothes – for everyone. Sometimes families seem to forget that they’re going to get wet and sandy at the beach. At the end of the day, everyone is ready for a change of clothes, not just the kids. If you’re carrying your clean items with you to the beach and plan to change in a public bathroom, keep the clean items in large plastic bags. Then, you can replace them with the wet clothes. To easily remove sand before changing clothes, see tip #1.
12. Look for lost kids downwind. Have your kids decided to beach comb and wander out of your sight? Look for them downwind. It’s been proven that most will follow a path of least resistance.
13. Hide your valuables well. We’ve all done it – put our keys and money in our shoes. Even comedians joke that everyone knows that’s where most valuables are hidden at the beach. Instead of doing the obvious, hide your stuff somewhere no one will look — such as wrapped up in a baby’s diaper or an emptied-out sunscreen bottle. Your items will be safe and no one will be the wiser.
14. Bring along a first-aid kit. It’s easy to get scrapes or cuts at the beach, and there’s nothing worse than not having some kind of first aid with you. Even if you just bring along Neosporin and Band-Aids, you’ll be ahead of the game.
15. Give away your beach toys at the end of the week. If the thought of packing $20 worth of beach toys all the way home with you doesn’t float your boat, why not pay it forward and give the toys to another family to use on your last day? You won’t have to lug sandy plastic back to your house, you’ll receive some good karma and maybe make some new friends. Same goes for wave, skim and boogie boards.
16. Eat a good breakfast. Make sure you eat a hearty breakfast the day you go to the beach. It’s easy to lose track of time while you’re enjoying everything that the beach has to offer, and that means you can suddenly find yourself running on empty. If you’re staying at Plantation Resort, fuel up for fun in the sun at our breakfast buffet that serves a delicious hot breakfast with all the fixings Monday through Friday at the Activity Center.
17. Bring vinegar and baking soda in case of a jellyfish sting.
18. Avoid swimming near the pier – fisherman fishing from the pier attract sharks with their live bait.
19. Be careful swimming at dawn, dusk or at night. These are feeding times for sharks.
20. Pack bug spray in your beach bag, especially in the morning, evening or when it has rained because sand fleas are most active when the air is cool and moist.
21. Bring a battery powered fan to stay cool at the beach and keep mosquitoes away. Mosquitoes are notoriously bad fliers and find it hard to fly against the fan’s breeze.
22. Pack aloe vera for itches and burns. If you accidentally miss a spot with the sunscreen or get a little too much sun, you’ll be glad to have the cooling touch of aloe. Aloe vera can also help with itching if you are bitten by sand fleas or mosquitoes.
23. Many people swear by B1, B5, and B12 vitamins for their ability to repel mosquitoes. While there isn’t yet much scientific evidence to back this claim, there are just too many positive stories to dismiss this. Make sure you start taking the B vitamin several days before your vacation and continue taking it every day during your stay to build it up in your body where it will be effective.
24. Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside and reapply as directed on the bottle.
25. Always use a strong SPF (50+) sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays and don’t forget to turn so you won’t burn! Even if you think you don’t need sunscreen, you do.
26. Use the buddy system to put on sunscreen – it’s difficult to not miss a spot by applying solo, even with spray type sunscreens. And it is always more fun with a friend.
27. Make sure on those really hot days you have sandals or shoes to wear in sand, since it will burn the bottoms of your feet.
28. Keep sunscreen in the cooler. Not only will it protect you from the sun, but it also cools you off on a hot day.
29. No aloe vera in your bag? In a pinch, you could use plain, cold yogurt. Just apply it to the burn for about 10 minutes and you should feel the pain ease.
30. Use an umbrella to stake your claim and stay shaded throughout the day.
31. Bring chapstick, sunglasses and broad brimmed hats for extra sun protection.
32. It’s a good idea to bring Gatorade or sports drinks instead of soft drinks. You may think your favorite soft drink is the way to hydrate but soft drinks do just the opposite. Some people prefer the taste of sports drinks over water so they drink more helping them stay more hydrated. Also, sports drinks help by replacing lost electrolytes.
After a busy day at the beach, there’s nothing nicer than coming home to a refreshing shower and warm bed at Plantation Resort. To try these tips for a great day at the beach, reserve your stay at Plantation Resort by calling 1-800-845-5039 where you’ll be minutes away from all that Myrtle Beach’s world famous sandy shores have to offer. Hope to see you soon!