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10 'Life Hacks' for the beach you should know about

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - Summer is in full swing, and as thousands flock to beaches across the country, there are a few simple tricks you can try to make your visit safer, more convenient, and more fun! Here are a few of our favorite "life hacks" we found from across the internet:

1. Turn an old sunscreen bottle into an incognito place to hide your valuables

You could easily make one yourself, or purchase a pre-made decoy bottle here:

http://www.firebox.com/product/2829/TanSafe

Either way, thieves probably aren’t interested in stealing your sunscreen, and it is a great place to subtly hide your valuables.

Alternatively, you could create a discreet storage option out of other things thieves wouldn’t think to, or wouldn’t want to touch, such as a disposable diaper, or a box for feminine hygiene products.

2. Make a DIY-waterproof bag for a fraction of the cost.  

This one takes some arts and crafts skills, but with some wax, a brush, and a double-boiler, you can turn that old ruddy camera bag into the perfect waterproof beach bag. Check out full instructions here: http://www.diyphotography.net/spoil-your-camera-with-a-diy-waxed-camera-bag/

3. Baby powder has many uses, but did you know you can use it to get the sand off your feet?

Just sprinkle some of the powder on and brush the sand away. Bonus: baby-scented feet!

This tip comes from Lifehack.org: http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/15-life-hacks-for-the-beach-pool.html

4. Repair your broken flip flop with a bread clip

Flip flops aren’t the most durable footwear in the world, and the strap keeping your toes in place can easily snap. Until you get to the nearest beachwear store for a replacement, grab a bread clip and secure it to the strap under the hole in the sole – it should keep you flip flopping along the beach.

Image source: Danielgamage via Wikipedia

5.  If you’re ears are clogged from swimming, simply inflate a balloon.

This one also comes from LifeHack.org: “No, really, it’s that simple. Keep a balloon handy and inflate it a few times after each dip. If you ears still feel like they need to pop, try plugging your nose while you blow up the balloon.”

6. Turn your steering wheel upside down after you park on a hot day at the beach.

Yet another simple hack from Lifehack.org: When you return for the day, the bottom of the steering wheel will be hot, and the part you grip will be cool.

7. Dig a trench to keep your towel in place

This one comes from Reddit user ztrobin5 on the site’s “LifeProTips” subreddit: “ Use your hand to dig a small trench along the windward sides of your towel, then stick the edge of the towel in your newly constructed trench. This breaks up the airflow and sends the wind over the edge of the towel and keeps your towel flat on the sand. No more stacking your beach items on the edges!”

8. Follow these directions to decrease your already small chance of being attacked by a shark:

Always swim in a group, don’t wander too far from shore, avoid water at night, dawn or dusk, don’t enter the water if bleeding, don’t wear shiny jewelry, don’t go into waters containing sewage, avoid waters being fished and those with lots of bait fishes, avoid an uneven tan and brightly-colored clothing, don’t splash a lot, use care near sandbars and steep drop-offs.

See more tips from the Florida Museum of Natural History here: http://www.flmnh.ufl.edu/fish/kids/avoid/avoid.htm

9. Use science to build the perfect sandcastle
Some incredibly smart people published an actual scientific report on "How to Build the Perfect Sandcastle" - no really, this is how scientists enjoy the beach. A lot of the report is pretty technical, but two basic points: 1.The perfect mixture of sand-to-water for maximum cohesion is 99 parts sand for 1 part water. 2. While wider bases obviously allow taller castles, that ratio decreases as the columns get wider. However, the team was able to create a tower with a 20 cm base that was an impressive 2.5 meters tall. Read the full report here: http://www.nature.com/srep/2012/120802/srep00549/full/srep00549.html

10. Use some citrus as a natural hair highlighter
This one also comes from LifeHack.org - comb some lemon juice into your hair and let the sun do its work to make natural highlights in your hair.

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