I have lived in Florida for over 30 years off and on. I visit the beach, go boating and know a lot about Florida's damaging sun and what it takes to stay safe outdoors.
Sunscreen products have expiration dates. Most sunscreen will only last 1-2 years (FDA says at least 3) and then will not be as effective.
Buy sunscreen from a local store so you can see the expiration date for yourself. DO NOT BUY SUNSCREEN ONLINE unless they show or tell you what the expiration date is of the product you will receive. In Florida sunscreen products are for sale everywhere from the grocery store to gas stations.
Apply sunscreen before leaving for the beach and not when you get there. It will have time to sink into the skin. I use Neutrogena SPF 30 on my face - and ears - don't forget the ears. And I wear a hat always, even in the water. The rest of my body gets an SPF 8 or 15 but I never stay long at the beach. For an all day visit, use a higher SPF and re-apply after swimming.
Buy special sensitive skin products for babies and young children.
Don't forget lips. You need a high SPF lip balm.
Worst times of day to be out in the sun is between 10:00AM and 2:00PM, but here in Florida you will burn at almost any time the sun is out.
*Bring along a container of fresh water for rinsing feet, children, faces, whatever. Also bring a lot of drinking water.
Do you like to get out of the sun at the beach?
Beach tents and wagons are awesome and wonderful at saving both your skin and space, Folding down into a fraction of the size is a big sales point.
Hello Derduiu, the water for the baby tent would come from the ocean / lake - wherever you visit, unless you bring along a jug of water. The wagon shown has no cover, I think. Some wagons do have covers, and blue tends to be the "tropical" color of choice. Other than blue I would search for any light color.
dustytoes, Thank you for the practical information and the product lines. Where does the water for the pop-up tent for babies and toddlers come from? Is everything beach-related always in blue in Florida? Is there a cover for the wagon or is it open no matter how full?
Thanks Mira, I like that one too.
The Pacific Breeze tent seems great! :) Nice post!
I like the idea of tents as I have very pale skin and burn very badly without ever tanning .
ty for posting
I'm not sure I would personally go to the trouble of setting up a tent, but it's a great idea when you have young children.
Keeping out of the sun much of the time is important. These seem simple enough of a solution