9 Beach Travel Tips for the Summer (+ Loctote Flak Sack Sport Giveaway)

Hi there, it's Ernest from Trip Astute In this video, we're reviewing some travel tips for your next beach trip

Also, we're gonna tell you how you can win a free Loctote Flak Sack Sport bag (light chiming music) Summer is upon us, which means beach vacations for many of us Though being at the beach can present some issues for travelers, as there are specific hazards and challenges For example, how do you keep your valuables safe while you're swimming? Or how do you pack towels without using up all your luggage space? Today we're going to review some tips and tricks that can help make your next trip to the beach a little bit easier, safer, and more enjoyable So, let's jump straight in

Number 1: Secure your valuables There are basically two approaches to this issue One is to take your valuables with you into the water and use a waterproof pouch or wallet I know some people swear by this approach, but I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of it I think I'm just paranoid that water will leak in

Or even worse, I'll lose it while swimming The other approach is to secure your valuables using a portable safe or slash resistant bag that can be locked to a chair or other removable object I've even strapped mine to a beach chair knowing that the person would have to steal the entire chair if they wanted to take the bag This isn't completely foolproof, but I think it's the most practical approach for most people In fact, we reviewed several products that can be used for this purpose

And if you stay tuned to the end of this video, you'll learn how you can enter to win a Loctote bag for free Number 2: Use quick dry travel towels One of the biggest challenges is packing towels especially when you have limited space in your luggage My recommendation is to invest in some quick dry travel towels These are made with a microfiber that not only absorb water, but can be dried quickly

They are also extremely compact and take up very little room in your bag There are several options out there, but we recommend the Quick Dry Travel Towel Set from Country Bound I've had a few microfiber towels that only lasted after a few uses However, I like the Country Bound ones since they are high-quality and they come with a lifetime warranty The towels come with hang tags as well which are useful for drying

The set also includes three different size towels and a storage bag You can get them from Amazon or the website for less than $20, and I think they're definitely worth the cost We use them for most of our travels, not just when traveling to the beach Number 3: Consider renting gear I've traveled a few times to tropical locations hoping to do some diving and snorkeling

Though I quickly realized how little space I had in my suitcase for my gear I recommend renting equipment from a local dive shop at your destination Even if I plan to just go snorkeling, I'll often pack my mask and snorkel, then rent my flippers since it tends to be the most bulky object in my luggage Number 4: Bring sunscreen and bug repellent Bringing sunscreen is a no brainer, but I have to admit that I've neglected to bring insect repellent on several occasions and regretted it

This happened in Central America and I ended up getting eaten alive by sand fleas, mosquitoes, and other insects I think I'm a "mosquito magnet" in general, but I still recommend bringing some just to be safe If you need more info or recommendations on repellents, see our video on the topic Number 5: Watch out for rip currents This one is so important! So many people die every year after being swept out into the ocean by strong rip currents

It even happened last year in Los Angeles Rip currents or "rip tides", as they're sometimes called, are long and narrow channels of water that flow from the shore to the ocean If you get caught in one, you'll feel like you're getting pulled away from the shore In fact you can usually identify rip currents when you see foaming water and debris that seems to be pointing toward the ocean If you get caught in one, don't fight it

Go with the flow and once you feel like it's not pulling you anymore, swim parallel to the shore to escape the current Then start swimming back to shore The biggest mistake is to try and fight the current, which will only exhaust you, especially if you're not a strong swimmer It's worth mentioning that rip currents can also occur in large lakes, so be very careful Number 6: Wear sunglasses and avoid losing them

Wearing sunglasses is important since the glare from the water and sand can strain your eyes I love polarized lenses too since they often let you see into the water by reducing the glare If you want to see an example of what it looks like, check out our video on polarized lenses One thing to be careful though is that it's easy to lose sunglasses in the ocean Most sunglasses do not float

So if they get knocked off your face by a wave ,you'll likely lose them I've seen this happen so many times So I recommend either being extremely cautious or using a strap to keep them secure Yeah, they may not look stylish, but you'll be glad you're wearing them if you ever get hit by an unexpected wave Number 7: Rinse items after saltwater exposure

If you wear your sunglasses or watch in the ocean, you'll want to rinse them with fresh water once you're done swimming Even if your watch or sunglasses are waterproof or resistant to corrosion, it helps prolong the life of your belongings by rinsing off the salt Number 8: Carry water in an insulated bottle One of the things I hate is bringing bottled water and having to drink warm water since it's been around the hot sand and sunlight I recommend getting an insulated water bottle that will keep your water nice and cold, even at the beach

It's also a lot better for the environment We did a review of the S'well insulated water bottle a while back, so check it out if you need more information Number 9: Consider wearing aqua shoes I've been in situations where I've been to a beautiful beach only to find that it's more rocky than sandy This can make for a painful and sometimes dangerous situation when entering the water

In this situation, I recommend getting some inexpensive aqua shoes to protect your feet They're an easy way to keep your feet from getting cut and scratched, and you can use them for boat trips Lastly, I mentioned that we were doing a giveaway Loctote has sent us one of their Flak Sack Sport bags to give away to our audience The bag is a lightweight version of their Flak Sack 2 and is worth $100

Just head over to our website to enter You don't have to purchase anything, but there are multiple ways to enter and gain entries By signing up for some of our social media channels, you'll earn extra entries into the contest The more options you complete, the more entries you'll earn And of course, there's no pressure to enter

We'll randomly select our winner on July 7th Keep in mind that the contest is only for US residents, though if you're not based in the US, don't worry We'll have more giveaways soon, so stay tuned I want to send a big thank you to Loctote for generously sending us a bag for the giveaway If you haven't seen our review of their premium Flak Sack 2 bag, check it out

It's actually a very versatile bag for travel, especially if you plan to spend time at the beach or the pool In fact, I used mine a few weeks ago when we stayed at an Airbnb in Palm Springs Since it didn't have a safe, I was able to lock up my laptop and other valuables while we were out exploring the town Do you have any travel tips for those visiting a beach? If so, please share in the comment section below We hope you enjoyed this video and found it useful

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