This time of the year can get very hot. And being in the UAE, its not something you’re unfamiliar with. Regardless of how hot it gets, the beach is one of the best places to go this time of year.

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Though you may already know the basics of protecting yourself from the scorching weather, you’re going to need to plan your itinerary well when you are visiting the beach. As the UAE has many gorgeous public beaches, make sure you don’t forget to bring the basic essentials to help you beat the heat, as well as having a good time.

Here are some basic summer essentials as well as extras that you may need to prepare before heading out to the beach.

1. Lots of Water

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If there’s one thing you’ll definitely need when going to the beach, its drinking water. Whether you’re going for a dip in the sea, playing ball sports or simply chilling in the sand, water is the most basic essential. With sun exposure being the worst on the beach, your body temperature will increase drastically, and quickly.

It’s essential to drink plenty of fluids to regulate your body temperature, keep you feeling cool, as well as preventing the chances of dehydration or heatstroke.

2. Sunscreen

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The number of people who forget to wear sunscreen when heading outdoors can be quite concerning, especially for those who at the beach. The beach is one of those places where there is almost no shade from the sun. In a matter of minutes, your skin will start feeling the strain.

The UV rays from the sun will not only cause discolouration, but can also cause pain, and health complications, skin cancer being the most serious. SPF 30 is the minimum, and SPF 50 is the best.

3. First Aid Kit

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Unlike going to the mall or theme park, you can never truly determine what’s going to happen or what you’re going to encounter at the beach. And unlike more recreational summer activities, the beach isn’t the most convenient to look for help in the case of emergencies.

That’s why you should always bring your own first aid kit. Bandages, antiseptics as well as ointments, and medical tools are essential to have. If you have an allergy or specific health condition, always bring your gear with you.

4. Anti-bacterial Wipes

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Though in the most practical sense the beach may just have sand and water, there are many other elements you need to consider coming in contact with. There are birds, pests, bugs, as well as carcasses that may wash up on the beach shore that you need to be wary of.

Always bring anti-bacterial wipes before and after touching something. This is definitely something essential to bring when you are going out in the sun with your kids.

5. Lip Balm

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Just like your skin, your lips can become severely dry under the sun. Though drinking plenty of water may help, the heat may cause your lips to become dry and the having lips that crack and bleed is the last thing you’d want while on the beach.

A lip balm to keep your lips hydrated and wet to help it from going dry. Trying looking for one with extra hydrating properties as well as SPF.

6. Healthy Snacks

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Whether you’re active on the sand, water, or just laying down enjoying the atmosphere, a tasty snack can provide you with the important nutrients to provide you energy as well as getting rid of the discomfort of hunger.

Healthy snacks such as fruits, dried fruits, vegetable sticks, rice crackers or nuts re great choices for the beach. However, just be careful if you bring nuts to the beach as it can trigger people with allergies, and anyone having an allergic reaction on the beach can be very troublesome, or even fatal.

7. Hat and Sunglasses

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Just like water and sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses belong with the very basics of beach and summer essentials in general. If you aren’t bringing a beach umbrella (or even if you are), make sure you bring a sun hat and sunglasses as there is not a lot of shade on the beach. Having a hat and sunglasses will protect your eyes from being damaged.

If you have a health condition when under the sun or being exposed to scorching weather, speak with your medical practitioner before your next visit to the beach. Alternatively, there are many other activities you can do this summer, apart from going to the beach. You can go to the mall, go to parks with plenty of shade or go to the local swimming pool.

Head over to the Okadoc app to immediately book an appointment with your health practitioner.