This past weekend we had a wonderful long weekend enjoying the beach and the Blue Angels!

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My husband and I took Thursday and Friday off, so we got to spend some quality time as a family and enjoy a little beach staycation. Pensacola is home to the Blue Angels, so they do their shows right here! There was a practice on Thursday, “Dress Rehearsal” on Friday, and the full show on Saturday. Each one was excellent!

On this weekend or any other weekend, there are several things you can do to make sure you have a great time at the beach.

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Bring some shade. Since I’m about as pale as they come, this is always big on my list. This year we went out early and staked our claim with a sun canopy. It worked out great – we set it up on Thursday and left it there until Sunday, just taking the canopy down when we weren’t using it. Of course, this will only work if it isn’t too crowded where you are!

Hydrate. Be sure to bring plenty of water. When you’re in the water all day, sometimes it’s hard to remember to hydrate. But it’s important! You don’t want to get sick from dehydration and miss out on your fun day in the sun. Bring plenty of water and some low-sugar drinks for the children. If you plan on imbibing in some adult beverages, be sure to have a couple of glasses of water after each one.

Sunscreen! Living in Florida, we’re in the habit of applying a sunscreen lotion every morning. When we’re playing outside, we put on more sunscreen before going out, and then reapply every couple of hours. Even if you’re going to be in the shade, the sun reflects off of the water and the sand so there are lots of different ways you can get sun!

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Be aware of your surroundings. When you’re in a large body of water, it’s important to remember that lots of other creatures live there. That doesn’t mean you can’t have fun, but pay attention! It never fails when we’re out in the water all day we see a gar or a nurse shark swim by. While humans aren’t their meal of choice, even an accidental brush by can cause injury. Don’t swim at dawn or dusk, when sharks are feeding. Also, I stay away from people fishing and passes – where sharks like to swim through and feed.

Have fun! Follow these tips and you’re ready for a day of fun in the sun! We got to watch the Blue Angels, catch some waves on our floats, and enjoy each other’s company. Just be sure to leave only your footprints behind when you leave!

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