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10 beach hacks that will improve your summer holiday

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Be ready for sun, sea and sandy beach trips with these helpful summer holiday tips
1. Cheat a beach sheet
Use a fitted sheet to protect your belongings from sand. Simply place your beach/cool bags in each corner of the sheet and pull the corners up over them. You’re left with a lovely, sand-free lounging space.
2. Talcum powder power
Sprinkle talc or baby powder onto sticky, sandy skin (and even hair) and rub skin in a downwards motion. It will help to dry the skin and the sand will naturally fall away.
3. Toothpaste trick
Check if your toothpaste contains eucalyptus, which will help to calm burns and stings. Discover other DIY ways to sooth sunburn, stings and bites here.
4. Soothe sunburn
If you’re yearning to stop the burning, you probably know to reach for the aloe vera. But to really make it earn its place in the cupboard, pop some gel in an ice cube tray and freeze. Melt into scorched skin for unbeatable soothing. Also works on bites and stings.
5. Nifty way to hide valuables
Clean out an old suntan/aftersun lotion bottle and you’ve got the perfect place to store money, cards and keys safely. Family holiday? Stash belongings in a rolled up nappy. It’s unlikely thieves will want to chance looking in there.
6. BBQ on the beach
Decant condiments, sliced onions and tomatoes into a muffin tray and cover tightly with cling film and there’s no need to cart big bottles to the beach for a BBQ.
7. Clever towel weights
Sick of your towel trying to blow away the minute you stand up? Don’t bother buying towel clips to keep it stable, just use those outdoor tablecloth weights, which will do the job just as well.
8. Pocket guide
Want somewhere convenient to store your book and sunglasses? Sew some pockets onto your towel (using an old towel or fabric) so you’re not constantly digging around for them in a giant beach bag.
9. Super squash
If you’re taking a drink for kids, make up a two-litre bottle and pop it in the freezer the day before. It will stay cool for ages and once finished the bottle can be used for playing in the water or sand.
10. Zip it
Protect phones, iPads and e-readers from the effects of sand and seawater by securing them in a zip lock bag (the ones you can pick up for free at airports). You’ll still be able to use the touchscreen but you won’t risk annoying scratches and water damage.