Heading to the beach is a tradition when it comes to summer, whether you’re lucky enough to live close to one, have to make it a day trip, or wait until you jet off to a sunnier location. While we all have an idea of what a day at the beach will be like, there’s always a part of us that knows it probably won’t run as smoothly as we hope.
In fact, there are a number of things that seem to happen every time you hit the beach, no matter what you do to avoid them. While a few may be fairly annoying or frustrating, you have to admit, it isn’t a trip to the beach without them.
Here are ten things you can probably expect to happen on every beach day you take this summer:
1 – The moment you get to the beach your kids will want to run into the water, at which point you need to wrangle them until you manage to cover them in factor 50 to avoid burning and leave them looking like Casper the Friendly Ghost. At this point, they’ll escape into the sea and you’ll have to go through the whole process again when they get out as the sun cream will have washed off.
2 – Just as you lay on your towel to start soaking up the sun while reading the book you’ve been meaning to start for months, someone will kick, brush or shake sand all over you. This means you need to get up, get the sand off and start your relaxed reading all over again.
3 – Inevitably, you’ll find out just as everyone has finished off their first swim that you are one towel short so someone has to share. This will, of course, cause an argument and someone will moan about how cold they are because they don’t have a towel – even though they were asked to pack their own. The rest of the day will be spent with everyone being overly possessive about the towel they have claimed.
4 – No matter how many layers of cling film you use or how tightly packed your lunch box is, there will always end up being sand in your sandwiches. All that extra care won’t mean a thing as it is the laws of physics that state that as soon as a sandwich is taken onto the beach, it becomes covered with a fine layer of sand and you’ll have to eat it anyway.
5 – Once everyone has had lunch, you’ll have the age-old arguments with your kids about not going into the water so soon after eating. There will be tears and tantrums, with no other activity – no matter how fun – being a suitable substitute for a swim with a full stomach. You’ll resort to just throwing them a bucket and spade and hoping they calm down.
6 – Someone will get buried. No one knows who started this, but at least one member of your family will end up buried in sand from the neck down and everyone will think it’s funny until they get stepped on or get sand in their eye.
7 – At one point everyone will be in the water at the same time having a lot of fun and not noticing that the tide has changed and has steadily started creeping toward all your belongings. Cue the mad dash to move everything before the picnic hamper starts to float away and the book you left out on the blanket starts to go curly at the edges.
8 – Your kids will end up meeting other children who instantly become their new best friends and who they don’t want to leave at the end of the day. They may seem them a few times over the summer and end up having loads of fun, but before you know it, you or they head home and you never hear from them again, despite them somehow ending up in every family photo taken at the beach.
9 – When it’s time to pack up and go home, there will be one child who blatantly refuses and is determined that ‘one more swim’ should last for another few hours. You fight the temptation to just wrap them tightly in a towel and carry them back to the car. Instead, you try to convince them to get out of the water with the promise of their favourite meal or movie when you get home.
10 – No matter how carefully you brush sand off feet and shake it out of towels and swimwear, it gets everywhere. You’ll be reminded of your day at the beach every time you hoover for months, with your house, car and even swimwear that has been through the wash still somehow being coated in a fine layer of sand.