Love the beach but hate the sand? Looking for a way to enjoy your day at the beach without loads of sand sticking to everything you own and then making its way back into your vehicle, your laundry, and your house? We’ve got 10 essential tips that will help keep you and your family virtually sand free the next time you visit the beach!
USE A SAND-FREE-MAT, DON’T LAY TOWELS DIRECTLY ON THE SAND
Instead of laying your beach towels directly on the beach, use a waterproof sand-free beach mat as a base. Quality beach mats don’t even need a towel on them to be comfortable. You can keep your towels in a bag so they are clean, dry, and sand free — perfect for drying off after a dip in the ocean.
APPLY THE 1ST ROUND OF SUNSCREEN BEFORE YOU LEAVE FOR THE BEACH
Apply sunscreen on everyone before you arrive at the beach. This will give the lotion time to soak in and you won’t be a sticky sand-magnet the minute you arrive at the beach. For reapplications of sunscreen, use a spray version so that you don’t rub sand and grit all over your body.
PUT YOUR CELL PHONE IN A ZIPLOCK BAG
Stash your cellphone in a ziploc sandwich bag to keep it safe from water and sand. If you need to text, you can do it without opening the bag!
BRING BABY POWDER AND A LARGE MAKE-UP BRUSH
The rumors are true! Baby powder (or even cornstarch) works wonders for removing sand stuck on your body. Just shake the powder onto sandy feet, allow to dry, then use the make-up brush to gently sweep sand right off. Its a sand-free miracle!
BRING A SEPARATE BAG FOR HOLDING BEACH COVER UPS AND CLEAN TOWELS
Keep a few towels and all your beach cover-up clothing clean, dry, and sand free until you need them after the beach. Keep a bag (one that can be zipped or snapped closed is even better) for these items and keep it away from the main mess. You’ll feel so much better when you head home in clean, sand-free clothing!
BRING A WET WASHCLOTH IN ZIPLOCK BAG FOR EASY HAND CLEAN UP
A simple trick my grandmother taught me, always bring a washcloth soaked with water in a plastic bag. Its an easy way to wash off hands and faces – and if you add a couple of ice cubes to the bag – it feels wonderful on a hot day. Baby wipes work well too, but they create trash and aren’t as environmentally friendly.
BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE BEACH, RINSE ALL YOUR GEAR AT THE BEACH SHOWERS
Make use of those free beach showers to rinse all your gear – mats, buckets, toys, and people! Dry off with some of your saved clean beach towels before climbing into the car.
LINE YOUR CAR TRUNK WITH AN OLD FITTED SHEET
Use a fitted sheet turned upside down so that the ridge is facing up in your trunk. Then place all the beach gear inside the sheet. The lip of the sheet keeps any sand contained and out of your vehicle! When you get home, lift the entire sheet out with the gear and shake it out in your yard.
SET UP AN OUTDOOR CHANGING STATION AT HOME
Don’t let anyone into the house who hasn’t changed out of their sandy swimsuit. Set up a private changing area with laundry bins nearby to collect dirty swimsuits and towels. If you are still sandy from the beach, have a garden hose and fresh towels available.
PRE-RINSE SWIMSUITS AND TOWELS BEFORE WASHING
You can damage your washing machine by laundering towels and swimsuits that are full of sand. Before bringing these items inside for cleaning, pre-rinse everything with a garden hose outside. This will help remove the last of pesky sand and keep your machines in good working condition.
Jennifer Hillberg is the Founder and Creator of Mountain Mat, LLC, the USA’s first 100% recycled plastic, reversible, outdoor recreation mat. As an avid outdoor recreationalist, Jennifer has hiked and camped in some of the world’s most remote places alongside her husband and three children. Learn more about The Mountain Mat Story.