You know what I just realized?! I have not been to the beach at all this summer. Not once! Usually every summer, I’ll go at least once. It just hasn’t worked out this year yet. The summer isn’t over though, maaaaybe I’ll go before it ends! But honestly, if you are in the Houston area and have any tips on where to have a nice beach experience in nearby shores, let me know because I have had a hard time finding a good spot.
For now, I’ll have to live vicariously through Sami who is going to Cabo San Lucas! I’m so jealous. As we were talking about her trip, we found a bunch of ideas and thought we’d share them with you. So even though there are only a few weeks left of summer, we’re going to give you a list of 15 Beach Tips and Hacks that we love and want to try. Some of these are must do hacks that will change your whole beach experience! Read on!
1. DIY Beach Dress
Create your own beach dress out of a scarf! No need to go buy a new, expensive beach dress or cover-up, just make your own out of a scarf that you already have, like LilyGirl did.
2. Portable Beach Sounds
This water and sand resistant speaker and radio from Sunnylife is perfect for keeping the soundtrack to your adventures running. It even has a spot inside for you to put your phone or portable media player to keep them safe and protected. For less than $25, this is a must.
3. DIY Sea Salt Spray For Beachy Waves
Looking for a way to keep those lovely locks looking beach perfect? Check out this Sea Salt Spray Recipe from Naturally Curly for a DIY solution that you could easily pour into a travel sized bottle.
4. Baby Powder Sand Removal
Sand plus sweaty skin and sunscreen equals a sticky mess. I had no idea, but according to I Dream Of Clean, baby powder washes you clean from sand. This means…never forget the baby powder in your beach bag!
5. S’mores Snack Mix
We love this S’more Snack Mix from Mirlanda’s Kitchen. Delicious, easy and portable. Just load ’em in some plastic Ziploc bags or a jar and this is a practical lounging snack.
6. Aloe Vera Cubes For Sunburn
I usually don’t get sunburned, I just keep getting darker and darker and darker lol. But this is an awesome idea from The Dumbbelle to soothe your precious skin sunburns.
7. Hair Prep
Learn how to protect your hair and get it ready to withstand the chlorine or salt water with this step-by-step guide from The Beauty Department!
8. Shell Projects
Now, if you’re like us, you collect a bunch of shells at the beach, bring them home with great intentions to do something with them and then you end up finding them months later still with no purpose. Let those seashells shine in your home! Here are some fun and easy Seashell Projects from Martha Stuart.
9. Choco Bananos!
If you are the type to take an ice chest to the beach, these NEED to be in your cooler stash! We LOVE this dessert that we call “Choco Bananos” – we even posted about them in our Refreshing Summer Desserts post. They are the perfect beach treat!
10. Avoid Skin Irritation
Learn how to avoid skin irritation at the beach with this guide from Munchkins and the Military. Stay silky smooth without the salt water burn.
11. Kool-Aid Lip Stain
Instead of having to apply and re-apply lipstick at the beach, try this Kool-Aid Lip Stain from The Beauty Department. They even give you a guide to know what flavor shows up to be what color!
12. DIY Beach Towel Hack
If you are a sewer, these last four are for you! This super cute beach towel/pillow/bag hack from Britt+Co is your next project to get you ready for the beach!
13. DIY Seashell Collecting Bag
Like we mentioned earlier, we love exploring and collecting seashells, but always end up carrying them in our shirt or coverup like a kangaroo pouch haha. So we love this tutorial of how to make your own Seashell Collecting Bag from Swoodson Says.
14. DIY Beach Covers
Getting sand and water all over your devices, magazines or books can be annoying. Check out these simple DIY Beach Covers from Martha Stuart that are cute and just the right sizes for whatever you want to protect.
15. DIY Pocketed Towel
This idea is super practical and makes it so easy to keep track of your belongings! Just sew up some pockets on a large beach towel like this one from Making It With Danielle!
There you go! Let us know your beach tips, hacks or must haves in the comments! We’d love to learn from you. Make the most of the rest of your summer, loves!