From Panama Jack — July 29, 2015 at 5:00 am

6 Beach Bag Hacks to Try This Summer

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Stock photo © Eivaisla

Stock photo © Eivaisla

Summer’s here and the living is easy. Or at least, that’s the way it should be. When the beach calls, you want to be able to answer without having to deal with any unnecessary fuss. Smart snack storage, ingenious lunchtime tips, and ways to protect your valuables… get ready to revolutionize your beach bag with our guide to indispensable hacks.

Include a Checklist
There’s nothing more annoying than finally finding the perfect spot to lay your towel, only to come to the realization that you forgot your umbrella at home. In order to prevent these easily avoided frustrations, try making a checklist before you head out the door. For those who want to go all out, laminating a list so that you can reuse it every time you hit the shore is a great way to stay on top of things and reduce waste. Leave a few lines empty for last minute additions and you should be good to go.

Be Sneaky With Your Valuables
Maybe you forgot to leave your watch at home or just need a safe spot to store your keys. Either way, you want to be sure that your important items stay safe and secure while you enjoy the day. All you have to do is clean out that empty container of sunscreen and use it as a portable safety deposit box of sorts. Chances are good that would-be thieves won’t take the time to rifle through your stash of sunblock, making it the ideal place to tuck your treasures.

Step Up Your Snack Game
It’s lunch time and, after a long morning of sand and surf action, you’re starving. So the last thing you want to have to deal with is a bag of smashed crackers or chips. Save yourself the irritation by storing crushable treats in re-purposed plastic containers. Empty coffee creamer bottles work wonderfully, as do the small plastic tubs that lunch meats are often packaged in.

Have Your Ice Packs and Drink Them Too
Instead of lugging a cooler full of reusable ice packs around all day, why not freeze your juice boxes the night before and use them to keep your snacks fresh? By the time lunch rolls around, they should be defrosted enough to enjoy. Then, at the end of the day, toss them in the recycling bin and you’re good to go.

Prevent Painful Plugging
Any swimmer can attest to the misery that comes with having your ears plugged with water. Luckily, there’s an easy trick that can prevent that unpleasant feeling from ruining your day. Simply toss a few deflated balloons into your bag and blow into them to pop the water out. Then back into the water for you!

Chill Out
Save yourself the hassle of carrying more than you need by leaving your after-sun skin care items to chill at home. By placing products like Green Ice Aloe Vera Gel or After Burn Sun Relief Gel in the fridge, you’ll have a soothing and refreshing way to treat the discomfort that comes with a little too much fun in the sun. .

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