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.

After-Beach Care for Babes

In spite of your best efforts, your little ones sometimes get a bit too much sun. Soothe their burns and any bites or itches by adding a few drops of apple-cider vinegar to the post-beach bath.

photo: Bart Heird via flickr

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

—Natasha Davis & Amber Guetebier