Plum Island, Newbury Beach, and Salisbury Beach State Reservation offer beautiful respites and fun in the sun. How can you make the most of this year’s Newburyport beach vacation? Check out these top tips.

Stay Hydrated

Sure, you’ll be spending time in the water, but water needs to spend time in you as well! Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration, especially in hot weather.

Sodas and sports drinks are useful for replacing electrolytes lost through sweat. Make sure at least some of your fluids are pure water.

Protect Yourself from Burns and Bites

Apply sunscreen regularly. If you have sensitive skin or other health concerns, check the ingredient label before purchasing. Zinc-based sunscreens often have fewer chemicals.

If you are not accustomed to a full day in the sun, this can be a taxing experience. Know what shade is available near your destination. Can cabana huts or local cafes provide a temporary escape from the sun? Consider bringing an umbrella if no other shade is available. A wide-brimmed hat is also advisable.

Did you know? Temperatures may be 10 degrees Fahrenheit cooler in the shade than in full sun.

Bring a natural insect repellent, such as tea tree oil mixed with witch hazel, in case the bugs start bugging you. Also, keep aloe vera gel on hand to relieve any sunburns that might occur.

Have a “Plan B” for Bad Weather

During the heat of the day, you may wish to retreat indoors. Even in the summer, you may encounter rainy days or thunder storms. These meteorological occurrences don’t have to spoil your fun.

When planning your vacation, research local attractions that can serve as a “Plan B” during bad weather. In Newburyport, you can learn more about the waterways you enjoy at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Active youths may enjoy the MetroRock Indoor Climbing Center. Or, you may simple want to try a locally made drink at one of Newburyport’s brewing companies.

Keep Your Smartphone Dry

There are plenty of reasons to bring your phone with you to the beach. You may need to stay in touch with work or family, or simply post amazing beach selfies to your favorite social network. You can also listen to music, read a book, or research restaurants and activities nearby.

Many phones today are water resistant, but keeping sand and moisture out of your electronic device is still a good idea. This can be easily accomplished by placing it in a sealed plastic bag or dedicated protective cover.

Have a Comfortable Place to Land

Bring a towel or folding chairs to spend time relaxing on the beach. Choose a beach towel that is large enough to prevent sand exposure if you decide to lie down.

When your day is done, you’ll no doubt want a comfortable retreat from the sand and sun. Just minutes from Newburyport’s Beaches, the Essex Street Inn is the perfect headquarters for your next beach adventure.