Correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m almost sure that if you asked school students today what the Golden Rule is, they wouldn’t be able to tell you. I know I was always the suck-up that knew the answer, but I think it was just because I understood the phrase wholly, even when I was younger. Take a lesson from this phrase, and treat your fellow beach enthusiasts as you would like to be treated.
-For starters, don’t walk as if you have weights attached to your ankles. Step lightly so as not to fling sand in other people’s faces. Think about it: has there ever been a time when you left the beach without being covered in sand? You have the power to lessen this for someone, if you try.
-Bring a good book and/or magazine. What better time to read to your heart’s desire than when you’re turning over every 15 minutes trying to get darker under the sun? Take advantage of that extra ounce of free time you have while on vacation.
-Snacks and water are essential to keeping you running in the intense heat you find on the beach. Water will keep you hydrated, and both of these things will keep you from getting overheated during these long hours of relaxation.
-Apply lots of sunscreen at hourly intervals, or more if you have fair skin. The SPF level you need depends on your skin tone. Be vigilant about applying sunscreen. After all, no one wants to go home burnt to a crisp.
-Be sure to close your snacks when you leave them to go take a dip in the ocean. You don’t want seagulls chomping away at your pop chips.
-Littering is usually frowned upon on sandy beaches, also. Beachgoers don’t want to be stepping on cans or glass bottles as they make their way to a good spot in the sun. Would you?
-Last but not least, if you have an umbrella, make sure it doesn’t cover others around you. Most people are there to get darker, not lighter.
If you follow these tips and tricks, even in the ‘Burgh, while laying out at Schenley Park, I guarantee you will have an awesome day out in the sun. Even if you are just going to Lake Erie, I believe you can still make the best out of any situation where you are going to be laying out on the beach for an extended period of time.