Local beaches are expected to see an influx of visitors as we enter into the summer months. Beach days are ideal for relaxing in nature with loved ones.
Whether the beach day you’re planning involves heading over to a lake or the ocean, it’s important to be prepared.
1. Plan ahead
Research your desired locale in advance. Get directions, inquire about parking policies, and scope out the peak hours of the beach if you prefer to wait out the crowds.
Many times, bustling popular beaches are only blocks away from smaller lesser known retreats. Make sure to read local blogs and town webpages to learn more.
Due to COVID-19, additional precautions have been put into place throughout Connecticut to protect beach goers.
Ensure that you are up to date on these new regulations and have alternative plans in place in case the beach you intended to visit is over capacity or closed.
Be prepared to keep six feet apart from others while at the beach to maintain social distancing requirements.
2. Know the rules
Take note of the rules and regulations you are required to follow as a beach goer.
Be aware of where the lifeguard stations are and if there are any on duty. If you plan to go in the water, make sure to adhere to the buoys in the water that mark where it is safe to swim.
Do your research regarding what types of flotation devices are allowed in the water and what types of games can be played on the sand.
Many beaches only allow dogs through the winter months.
Others ask that your keep pets leashed and away from swim areas while enjoying the sun and sand.
3. Protect your skin
Keep your skin from burning by regularly applying sunscreen.
Pack clothing with ample coverage and consider investing in shirts with SPF protection.
Don’t forget about keeping your eyes safe from UVA and UVB rays.
Sunglasses that protect against these harmful rays should be on hand at all times. Attachments that allow your glasses to hang around your neck or float in water are relatively inexpensive.
Try to spend periods of time away from the sun to avoid overheating by sitting under a beach umbrella or in the shade of a tree.
4. Pack snacks
Pack plenty of water and healthy snacks.
Fresh fruits such as apples, bananas, and watermelon are easy to transport.
Fruits are a great source of natural sugars and fiber.
Include some salty food items in your bag such as nuts and whole wheat crackers as well. Perspiring in the hot sun on the beach all day can deplete sodium and electrolyte levels.
5. Trash removal
Make sure you bring your own trash bags, as many beaches do not have waste receptacles.
If you’re traveling with a pet, be sure to bring a container for their water, extra treats, and bags for waste clean-up.
For more information on Connecticut beaches visit: https://portal.ct.gov/DPH/Environmental-Health/Recreation/Public-Beaches.