With the last of the summer sun slipping away, and the Easter holidays around the corner, why not take a trip to the South Coast seaside? There is nothing better than some fun in the sun with your family! While seaside holidays are always a delight, there are some precautions you must take to ensure the safety of your family. Here are some tips on how to have the best beach day with your kids:
- Bring a beach tent. Pop-up beach tents or shelters are perfect for when your little ones need some time out to rest. They’re also ideal for keeping them out of the way of the elements. Too much sun, heat, and the wind can make babies (and adults) very cranky, so bringing along your own little safe area where everyone can rest and recharge is something you shouldn’t forget under any circumstances. If you are staying at a hotel on the beach, you can always pop in and out of your room with your little one.
- Keep your sunscreen in the cooler, that way, when you apply (and reapply), you’ll help to cool down your body, too. Know when to apply and reapply sunscreen. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you should apply sunscreen 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and apply in one millilitre portions — about a shot glass full. You should reapply the same amount every two hours. Remember to apply sunscreen on sunless days, too, because as much as 40 percent of the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays reaches our planet even on a totally cloudy day. Set your timer on your phone or write down the time to reapply on the sunscreen bottle using a marker. Make sure that your little ones are always wearing sunscreen and wide-brimmed hats as well. Ensuring that nobody has serious sunburn will ensure that you have the best beach day with your kids.
- Create a sand-free place to eat. Sand in your sandwiches is just not fun. Why not bring along a foldable table to eat at, complete with handy water bottle holders? You can likely find these at beach stores, camping supply stores or maybe even your local DIY store. Alternatively, you can eat in a bigger beach tent or even in your car — away from the elements. Another handy tip is to pack the food in many little containers, rather than one. If one of the containers falls into the sand, you will still have something to eat. Alternately, you can avoid the hassle and go and enjoy a meal at the 30º South Restaurant at the Umthunzi Hotel.
- Another tip to ensure that you have the best beach day with your kids is to be aware of the tide and of the waves. We all know that the best sand for making sandcastles is down by the ocean. However, be aware that little children can easily be swept away by big waves that can creep up to the shore. Always stay with your kids when they’re anywhere near the water. Stay close to the lifeguard. When choosing your spot for the day, pick one near the lifeguard so if your kids get lost, they’ll have a marker to find you. Just ensure you don’t sit directly in front of the lifeguard’s station so the guards can get a clear path to the water if an emergency occurs. The Tweni beach is family friendly and has a safe paddle area and jungle gym for kids and also a ‘granny’ pool for the less adventurous, it is ideal for families as there is fun for everyone. There are braai facilities as well. There is also a kiosk for refreshments and informal sellers, selling buckets and spades for the kids.
We are certain that if you heed the advice above, your Easter holidays and your family beach days will be filled with nothing but sand, laughter, and fun! If you haven’t booked your Easter holiday as yet, why not check out our website to make this Easter a memorable one!