If you are planning a vacation to Cancun or the Mayan riviera, here's a list of items that are a must to have!
This is probably the most important item in your beach bag. Make sure that you have sufficient sunscreen protection for yourself and your children. The sun's ultraviolet rays are the strongest during the hours of 10:00 am and 4:00 pm, so limit your time in the sun during those hours. Choose a sunscreen lotion that is at the very least 15 SPF, more appropriate for children is and SPF of 30 or more. Be sure to adequately apply the sunscreen to all exposed skin, including ears, nose and neck. Speak to your doctor about sunscreen and babies under 6 months of age. For the environment sake please always use biodegradable suntan lotion.
Don't forget your lips!
Bring along sun protective lip balm with a SPF of 15 or more. An Aloe Vera based after sun lotion is a great way to soothe your skin after a day in the sun, apply after your day at the beach.
Protective Barriers
Sunglasses that block ultraviolet rays, sun hats with brims, and beach umbrellas are all wonderful items to have along for added protection.
Chairs & Blanket
There are chairs made specifically for the beach, they sit low to the ground and fold up neatly. Often they include a handy shoulder strap . Don't count on all the beach hotels having chairs for its guests.
A blanket is another nice thing to bring along. Not only it is comfortable to sit on, but it's a welcome comfort from the sand on bare feet
Sand & Water Toys
Kids love digging and building in the sand, it is a must for a beach visit. There is a huge variety of toys on the market made specifically for water play. Don't forget the standard shovels and pails, sand diggers and sand sifters - great for building sand castles, sifting for shells and rocks, and pouring water into makeshift motes.
Extra Towels
Bring towels along for each member of your family, this goes without saying. Bringing along and extra or two cannot hurt, specially if little Timmy decides to take his into the water with him.
Water & Snacks
Being in the sun can quickly dehydrate you. Bring along bottled water, enough for everyone in your family. Check with your hotel and see if coolers are allowed so that you can keep it nice and cold. Public beaches in Mexico allows people to bring coolers and snacks, please before you leave the beach make sure that empty bottles, cans and snacks wraps are deposited in a trash can, if you don't see any take your own waste and deposit it where you see one. People who loves to smoke on the beach usually extinguish their cigarette in the sand and leave the filter buried, please don't do that, take a little plastic bag, when you finish smoking gather the filters and deposit it in a garbage can.
Extra Clothing
Bringing along an extra T-Shirt or pair of short pants is not a bad idea. If your beach trip continue on into the evening, bring a windbreaker or sweat jacket for everyone, just in case the temperature dips down in winter months specially. Be sure that everyone has adequate footwear, swim shoes are a great idea as well although for the Caribbean coral beach they are not necessary unless you like to explore the reef rocks where you could step on a sea urchin.
Preserving Memories
Don't forget your camera! You can purchase waterproof disposable cameras to capture all of those sunny moments. Inexpensive disposable cameras are ever availanle for underwater use.
Now that you are ready to head off to the beach, here's a summarization of everything we have suggested. Check each item off to see if you are ready to roll!
  • Sun Screen
  • Lip Balm
  • Aloe after sun lotion
  • First aid kit
  • Sun hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach umbrella
  • Chairs blanket
  • Pail & Shovel
  • Sand digger and sifter
  • Beach ball or frisbee disc
  • Googles or masks
  • Plastic jar for collecting sea shells
  • Life jackets
  • Towels
  • Bottled water
  • Snacks
  • Extra clothing
  • Footwear
  • Plastic bag for garbage
  • Water/swim shoes
  • Waterproof disposable camera
Most of three to five stars hotels offers beach towels and beach chairs, however we suggest you to check this fact with the hotel or your travel agency.
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