If you love visiting the beach and do so often, you’ve likely had experiences when you’ve gone to the beach and seen people treating that area with disrespect. Sadly, the more this happens, the worse off all of your beaches are. But there are things that everyone can do to help keep the beaches beautiful on every trip you take to the beach.
To help you learn just what these things are, here are three ways to care for the beach on your next beach trip.
Steer Clear Of Sand Dunes
While it’s fun to play on the beach and enjoy the sand and water, it’s important that you know where it’s safe to play and what areas you should avoid.
If the beach you’re at has sand dunes, you should do your best to steer clear of this area. While it might seem fun to roll and play on the dunes, sand dunes play a very important role for the safety and security of a beach. In most cases, sand dunes help to protect the beach from having too much soil erosion. But when you walk or play on the sand dune, you move around the sand too much. So to keep from having to bring in professional help for soil and sediment control, it’s to leave this natural environment alone.
Bring Out More Garbage Than You Created
When you visit the beach, it’s best to bring as little garbage with you as possible. But while you might bring some food or toys with you that will create a small amount of garbage, your goal should always be to pack out whatever you packed in.
Not only should you bring out any garbage or materials that you brought to the beach, but to help keep the beaches clean and beautiful, you should also try to pack out any other garbage that you find on the beach. Even picking up just a few pieces of garbage can make a huge difference.
Consider getting a wagon the next time you decide to go to the beach. Naturally, if you plan to carry out more garbage than you create, you’re going to be hauling a lot of luggage. Instead of carrying it on your back, you might be better served by using a wagon. It’s fairly easy to pick out the best wagon for you. Ask around, read a few beach wagon reviews, and maybe do a test to determine which one will help you clean up the beach effectively.
Choose Your Sunscreen Wisely
If you’re going to be spending any amount of time at the beach, you’re going to want to protect yourself from the sun by wearing sunscreen. The sun at the beach can be especially powerful as it reflects off of the water, even though it might feel cooler and breezy right by the water.
Sadly, not all sunscreen is going to be safe to wear at the beach and in the water. Some of the chemicals in some sunscreens can be harmful to the water, the plant life, and the animals. Knowing this, you should always use sunscreen that’s reef safe or made from minerals. You can also wear swim clothes that cover more of your skin so you don’t have to worry so much about wearing sunscreen at all.
If you want to be a good steward of the beaches we have around us, consider using the tips mentioned above to help you learn how you can care for the beach on your next trip.