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Beach Bliss: 26 Hacks to Elevate Your Summer Getaway with Sand, Sun, and Lake Fun!

Updated: Jul 12

If you're planning on taking a trip to the beach this summer, make sure you're prepared for sand, lake, and sun with these 26 beach hacks.

Sprinkle Baby Powder on Your Skin to Help Get Rid of Sand

Sprinkle a small amount of baby powder on your skin to help get rid of dirt and grime while at the beach.

DIY Beach Towel Blanket with a Pillow

If you'd rather lounge on the beach than be swimming in the water, then you will absolutely love this beach towel with a pillow, and it doesn't require too much sewing skill to put together, making for a perfect beginners project!

Fitted Sheet Hack

Sand-free lounging and picnic space made easy with a fitted sheet and a few weighted items to anchor the corners. Your anchors can be anything--a cooler and beach bags work perfectly.

Instant Water and Sand Proof Phone Case

As someone who is active in the water, whether I'm lounging on the beach or taking the Jet-Ski's for a cruise, I stuff my phone in a few Ziploc baggies to protect it from the sand and water. Especially when Riding the Jet-Ski's, because you never know when you're going to need a little assistance.

Sunscreen Bottle Valuable Holder

Don't want to leave your valuables on the beach and unprotected? Well, using an empty bottle of sunscreen is an inexpensive hack for hiding those valuables. Simply, cut a small opening at the top of the bottle to fit your keys, phone, money/cards, etc.

DIY Beach Vacation Emergency Kit

From Advil to sunscreen, cortisone cream to tweezers, band-aids to baby powder you can personalize your kit for what works best for you and your family.

Edible Ice Packs

Make edible ice packs with frozen grapes, juice boxes, water bottles, etc.

Freeze Water Balloons

Freeze water balloons so when they thaw the kiddos can have a water balloon fight.

Sunburn Treatment

Freeze aloe vera gel in an ice tray before leaving for the beach so when you return you have a soothing treatment for that nasty sunburn.

Mesh Beach Bag

If you have kids and enjoy the beach but would like to leave the sand at the beach, then this hack is for you! Put their toys in a mesh bag so the sand will just flow right through and you won't be bringing it home with you.

Kids Beach Pool

I love this idea so much! It is so nice to be able to let them play and still have fun without have all the worry of them playing in the lake itself.

Homemade Sunscreen

If you're like me and have sensitive skin or are worried about the chemicals in your sunscreen, then make your own! The recipe is a lot easier than you would think, and I feel so much better knowing what's actually going on my skin.

Beach Games

This is an easy way to entertain your little ones while you relax.

Lie on a Yoga Mat Instead of a Beach Towel

Thank goodness for water proof yoga mats so we aren't laying on wet towels!

Sponge Lei

Super easy, inexpensive, and a fun project for your kiddos. Soak the sponge lei in water while you're sitting on the beach to stay cool.

Use a Plaster of Paris to Make Sandy Hand Print Keepsakes

What a fun craft for you and your kiddos, and a great keepsake! For the directions click here.

Turn Your Steering Wheel Upside Down

Turn your steering wheel upside down before getting out of the vehicle to prevent you from burning your hands when you get back in.

New Summer 'Do?

If you're looking for a new hair'do squeeze some lemon juice on your hair before going out to the beach to capture some natural highlights.

Protect Your Hair from the Sun

Love being in the sun but hate the damage it does to your hair? Click here to learn how to prep your hair for swimming to prevent damage.

Turn your Flip Flops Upside Down

Turn your flip flops upside down when you're at the beach to prevent them from burning your feet when you put them back on.

DIY Beach Shade with a Bed Sheet

Attach a bed sheet to a beach umbrella or a sturdy stick to create your own makeshift beach shade. This provides extra protection from the sun and creates a cozy spot for relaxation.

Sand Anchor for Beach Umbrella

Use a plastic or fabric bag filled with sand as an anchor for your beach umbrella. Dig a shallow hole, bury the bag, and secure the umbrella pole in it. This ensures stability even on windy days.

DIY Cooling Misting System

Create a cooling mist by attaching a spray bottle filled with water to the edge of your beach umbrella. This provides a refreshing mist for hot days, keeping you cool as you relax.

Reusable Snack Pouches

Instead of carrying disposable snack bags, use reusable pouches for snacks like trail mix, fruit slices, or chips. It's eco-friendly and keeps your snacks fresh without the risk of sand getting in.

Beach Picnic Hack with Cupcake Liners

Place cupcake liners under your snacks and food items during a beach picnic. They prevent sand from sticking to the bottom and make cleanup a breeze.

DIY Seashell Collecting Bag

If you enjoy collecting seashells, repurpose a mesh produce bag to carry your treasures. The sand will naturally fall through, and you can easily rinse the shells at the end of the day.

Feel free to mix and match these hacks to suit your audience's preferences and make their beach experience even more enjoyable!
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