Not so obvious things for the beach

The Atlantic Ocean in the Outer Banks of North Carolina welcomed us.

We had an amazing rental home from Joe Banks, only three doors down from our dearly beloved friends. The kids enjoyed three stories, kitchen and laundry room on each floor, heated pool, and for the grand finale – ocean view/access. Can you say vacation hallelujah? So after beachin’ it for 10 days, lets talk about what you really need to know but no one talks about for a relaxed day at the beach.

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Food Tenderizer. Yep. This is an easy first aid remedy in case of a jelly-fish sting. Just sprinkle onto the skin that has been stung (be sure you have first removed, with a stick or shell – not your hands – any particles of jellyfish or tentacles). This is a quick way to alleviate the sting. It works very well with bees stings as well. Of course, seek medical attention as soon as possible.

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Baby Powder. This works so well at getting stubborn sand off of little and not so little bodies. After swimming at the beach then sorta drying in the sand, sprinkle baby powder onto those sandy parts, don’t be prissy about it – apply mucho, then brush off vigorously. Viola! Now the little’s are ready for a snack and smell like Luv’s Baby Soft. (Thanks Ms. Marisa for the tip in the Newport Beach, California a few years back!)

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Anti-Bacterial Wipes. Nuf said

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Tissues/Napkins/Paper Towels. These often over looked beach bag items can come in very handy. Sometimes, those emerging from their ocean swim don’t realize their noses are dripping more than water.

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Zip Lock Bags. A beach must, the camera is always here.

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Mesh bags. To sort and store small items especially shells and toys so they don’t become lost within the cavern of your bag coated in wetness. Oye.

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Trash Bag. Clean up after yourself and leave the place as nice as you found it. Mother Nature will smile upon you. Promise. Keep it clean.

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We cannot wait to return in the years ahead with more family friends in tow. As for today, the little kiddos simply want to walk outside and be back at their destination from last week. I have had lots of “splain’ to do” with the wee ones. Very difficult since Momma wants to be back there too.

Thank you North Carolina.

78 responses

  1. Thanks for the pictures, they are soooo nice!

    June 22, 2010 at 10:18 am

  2. Beach Life guy

    Love the photos…disagree about the meat enderizer…while the papains have some effect, on the whole, tenderizer and urine are not very effective…found product called extremely well…very safe to use…mainly menthols and 5% acetic acid…vinegar on steroids…convenient spray bottle…carry it in my surf bag…keep the sunny side up 😉


    June 22, 2010 at 11:50 am

  3. This is good post, I will keep this in mind. If you add more video and pictures because it helps understanding 🙂

    June 22, 2010 at 8:05 pm

  4. good tips! i’ll definitely bring these items on my next beach trip.

    July 1, 2010 at 8:19 am

  5. ken

    the tenderizer does work wonders on mosquito bites, at least for me. been using it for years!

    September 3, 2010 at 4:54 am

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