As the weather heats up, it's time to start thinking about how you'll be staying cool this summer. For many of us, heading to the beach is an obvious choice. But while it's great to enjoy the sun, sand and sea, it's important to remember that the beach is a shared space, and we need to be mindful of others around us. We spoke to etiquette experts to find out the top five things you should never do at the beach.
1. Starting a fire or barbecue without permission
Beach bonfires and barbecues might seem like the perfect way to enjoy some outdoor cooking, but it's important to follow the rules and regulations of the beach. Jasmine Cheng, an etiquette expert and founder of The Gentle Album, recommends not starting a fire or barbecue without permission. “This rule is often in place to prevent accidents and protect the environment,” says Cheng.
2. Bringing furry friends without checking the rules
Many of us love to bring our pets to the beach, but before you do, check the beach rules and regulations. Nancy Mitchell, a registered nurse and contributing writer at Assisted Living, advises pet owners to be mindful of health risks to others. “Some people may be asthmatic or allergic to animal fur, so bringing your dog to the beach on a crowded day could actually be a health risk to others.”
3. Setting up too close to others
Finding the perfect spot at the beach can be a challenge, but it's important to be considerate of others when setting up. Dana Hall, a clinical therapist with expertise in social skill training, advises beachgoers to maintain a reasonable distance from others. “By placing your blanket at a distance equal to the length of the umbrella from your neighbor's spot, you can help create a comfortable and respectful environment for everyone around you,” notes Hall.
4. Disrupting others when taking photos
Everyone wants to capture the perfect beach photo, but it's important to remain mindful of those around you. Shelley Marmor, a travel etiquette expert and founder of Travel Blogging 101, advises beachgoers to follow any local rules or regulations regarding drone usage. “In addition to respecting others' space, it's crucial to follow any local rules or regulations regarding drone usage.”
5. Leaving trash behind
When it's time to pack up and head home, don't leave anything behind. Jim Campbell, an etiquette expert and founder of trip-planning company Honeymoon Goals, stresses the importance of cleaning up after yourself. “Even if you don't care about the environment and think that other people should clean up after themselves, you're still leaving a mess for someone else to deal with,” Campbell explains.
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