There is one item you must never forget to bring to the nude beach (besides your towel): sunblock. Remember, unless you are regular nude sunbather, your privates have not seen the UV-light of day since you were a toddler. And they're very sensitive to sun.
If it's extremely hot, and you're prone to burning, consider adding a hat, and yes, we're aware of the irony. But melanoma is a horrible way to die, and this type of skin cancer can take root and spread to other parts of your body faster than any doctor would like to admit [source: Skin Cancer Foundation]. You'll want to use a sunscreen of at least SPF30 and apply it liberally all over your body. Also bring flip-flops to keep your feet from getting burned on the sand.
Malignancies aside, be generally cautious, particularly if you're new to nudism. Fleshy bits tend to snag on objects. Don't let that happen to you.
Nude beaches often initially draw curiosity seekers and exhibitionists but wind up as family-friendly and liberating ways for modern humans to connect with a fundamental — and bikini-free — state of mind. So, if you can afford the prodigious amounts of necessary sunblock, and you think you're ready to commit to sand not only between your toes, but also your, well, you know, maybe it's time to take a stroll on a nude beach.
Author's Note: How Nude Beaches Work
I'm gonna pass on this one.
More Great Links
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