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9 Beach Travel Tips for the Summer

9 Beach Travel Tips for the Summer

Hi there, it’s Ernest from Trip Astute. In
this video, we’re reviewing some travel tips for your next beach trip. Also, we’re
gonna tell you how you can win a free Loctote Flak Sack Sport bag. (light chiming music) Summer is
upon us, which means beach vacations for many of us. Though being at the beach can
present some issues for travelers, as there are specific hazards and
challenges. For example, how do you keep your valuables safe while you’re
swimming? Or how do you pack towels without using up all your luggage space?
Today we’re going to review some tips and tricks that can help make your next
trip to the beach a little bit easier, safer, and more enjoyable. So, let’s jump
straight in. Number 1: Secure your valuables.
There are basically two approaches to this issue. One is to take your valuables
with you into the water and use a waterproof pouch or wallet. I know some
people swear by this approach, but I have to admit that I’m not a big fan of it. I
think I’m just paranoid that water will leak in. Or even worse,
I’ll lose it while swimming. The other approach is to secure your valuables
using a portable safe or slash resistant bag that can be locked to a chair or
other removable object. I’ve even strapped mine to a beach chair
knowing that the person would have to steal the entire chair if they wanted to
take the bag. This isn’t completely foolproof, but I think it’s the most
practical approach for most people. In fact, we reviewed several products that
can be used for this purpose. And if you stay tuned to the end of this video,
you’ll learn how you can enter to win a Loctote bag for free.
Number 2: Use quick dry travel towels. One of the biggest challenges is packing
towels especially when you have limited space
in your luggage. My recommendation is to invest in some quick dry travel towels.
These are made with a microfiber that not only absorb water, but can be dried
quickly. They are also extremely compact and take up very little room in your bag.
There are several options out there, but we recommend the Quick Dry Travel Towel
Set from Country Bound. I’ve had a few microfiber towels that only lasted after
a few uses. However, I like the Country Bound ones since they are high-quality
and they come with a lifetime warranty. The towels come with
hang tags as well which are useful for drying. The set also includes three
different size towels and a storage bag. You can get them from Amazon or the
website for less than $20, and I think they’re definitely worth the cost. We use
them for most of our travels, not just when traveling to the beach. Number 3:
Consider renting gear. I’ve traveled a few times to tropical locations hoping
to do some diving and snorkeling. Though I quickly realized how little space I
had in my suitcase for my gear. I recommend renting equipment from a local
dive shop at your destination. Even if I plan to just go snorkeling, I’ll often
pack my mask and snorkel, then rent my flippers since it tends to be the most
bulky object in my luggage. Number 4: Bring sunscreen and bug repellent.
Bringing sunscreen is a no brainer, but I have to admit that I’ve neglected to
bring insect repellent on several occasions and regretted it.
This happened in Central America and I ended up getting eaten alive by sand
fleas, mosquitoes, and other insects. I think I’m a “mosquito magnet” in general,
but I still recommend bringing some just to be safe. If you need more info or
recommendations on repellents, see our video on the topic. Number 5: Watch out
for rip currents. This one is so important! So many people die every year
after being swept out into the ocean by strong rip currents. It even happened
last year in Los Angeles. Rip currents or “rip tides”, as they’re sometimes called,
are long and narrow channels of water that flow from the shore to the ocean. If
you get caught in one, you’ll feel like you’re getting pulled away from the
shore. In fact you can usually identify rip currents when you see foaming water
and debris that seems to be pointing toward the ocean. If you get caught in
one, don’t fight it. Go with the flow and once
you feel like it’s not pulling you anymore, swim parallel to the shore to
escape the current. Then start swimming back to shore. The biggest mistake is to
try and fight the current, which will only exhaust you, especially if you’re
not a strong swimmer. It’s worth mentioning that rip currents can also
occur in large lakes, so be very careful. Number 6: Wear sunglasses and avoid
losing them. Wearing sunglasses is important since the glare from the
water and sand can strain your eyes. I love polarized lenses too since they
often let you see into the water by reducing the glare. If you want to see an
example of what it looks like, check out our video on polarized lenses. One thing
to be careful though is that it’s easy to lose sunglasses in the ocean. Most
sunglasses do not float. So if they get knocked off your face by a wave ,you’ll
likely lose them. I’ve seen this happen so many times. So I recommend either
being extremely cautious or using a strap to keep them secure. Yeah, they may
not look stylish, but you’ll be glad you’re wearing them if you ever get hit
by an unexpected wave. Number 7: Rinse items after saltwater exposure. If
you wear your sunglasses or watch in the ocean, you’ll want to rinse them with fresh
water once you’re done swimming. Even if your
watch or sunglasses are waterproof or resistant to corrosion, it helps prolong
the life of your belongings by rinsing off the salt. Number 8: Carry water in an
insulated bottle. One of the things I hate is bringing bottled water and
having to drink warm water since it’s been around the hot sand and sunlight. I
recommend getting an insulated water bottle that will keep your water nice
and cold, even at the beach. It’s also a lot better for the environment. We did a
review of the S’well insulated water bottle a while back, so check it out if
you need more information. Number 9: Consider wearing aqua shoes. I’ve been in
situations where I’ve been to a beautiful beach only to find that it’s
more rocky than sandy. This can make for a painful and sometimes dangerous
situation when entering the water. In this situation, I recommend getting some
inexpensive aqua shoes to protect your feet. They’re an easy way to keep your
feet from getting cut and scratched, and you can use them for boat trips. Lastly, I
mentioned that we were doing a giveaway. Loctote has sent us one of their Flak
Sack Sport bags to give away to our audience. The bag is a lightweight
version of their Flak Sack 2 and is worth $100. Just head over to our website
to enter. You don’t have to purchase anything, but there are multiple ways to
enter and gain entries. By signing up for some of our social media channels, you’ll earn extra entries into the contest. The more options you complete,
the more entries you’ll earn. And of course, there’s no pressure to enter. We’ll
randomly select our winner on July 7th. Keep in mind that the contest is
only for US residents, though if you’re not based in the US, don’t worry. We’ll
have more giveaways soon, so stay tuned. I want to send a big thank you to Loctote for generously sending us a bag for the giveaway. If you haven’t seen our
review of their premium Flak Sack 2 bag, check it out. It’s actually a very
versatile bag for travel, especially if you plan to spend time at the beach or
the pool. In fact, I used mine a few weeks ago when we stayed at an Airbnb
in Palm Springs. Since it didn’t have a safe, I was able to lock up my laptop and
other valuables while we were out exploring the town. Do you have any
travel tips for those visiting a beach? If so, please share in the comment
section below. We hope you enjoyed this video and found
it useful. If so, please give us a thumbs up and consider sharing our video with
others that might also benefit from our content. Until next time, travel safe and
travel smart.

Reader Comments

  1. Great video as always. Lots of practical advice! But… When are we going to see you play the ukulele in the background of all the videos! 🎸

  2. Hey everyone! Our website went down in the afternoon after this video release. If you happened to have entered the contest between 12:00–6:00 PM (Pacific Time) on Friday (June 29, 2018), please check to make sure that your entry was recorded on the form. We had to do a restore on my site, so I want to make sure that your entries were recorded. I apologize for the inconvenience!

  3. Great Tips Ernest , I alway wonder these days when going to the beach how will I keep my valuables safe. Have a great weekend .

    Jose P.

  4. Good tips!!! Thanks for sharing…ok I guess I’m going to have to plug New Zealand 🇳🇿 again…because the beaches are so empty…you don’t have to worry so much about people stealing your belongings…

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