Sandcastle building, swimming, and lounging in the sun: a beach trip is truly summer at its best. Don’t let your next trip bum you out, though: we’ve got ways to make sure you stay cool, protect your assets and even keep sand out of your car (well, kinda). Click through the gallery for 15 ideas that will make your next trip to the beach so much easier.

Dust ‘Em Off

We know your little beach bums can’t get enough of making sand castles, digging for seashells, and burying their friends alive, but what happens when the day is over? How do you clean off all of these tiny specs of sand? With baby powder, of course; just sprinkle it over tiny fingers and toes, and you’ll see the sand fall off like magic.

photo: John Kay via flickr

Do you have any beach hacks to share? Tell us in a comment below!

—Natasha Davis & Amber Guetebier