Take It or Leave It: Beach Packing Quiz
by Staff
Hitting the beach is a guaranteed good time, no matter who you are or what you enjoy doing there. Whatever kind of beach bum you are, you undoubtedly always bring gear with you. Take this quiz and see which of these 10 items are worth the haul.

Obviously, you've got to pack sunblock. But how long should you wait to go in the sun after applying it?

  • There's no need to wait. Head outside!
  • Wait at least 30 minutes.
  • It depends on the SPF -- the lower the SPF, the longer you should wait.

A beach designated "free beach" means what exactly?

  • nudist beach or clothing optional
  • the beach doesn't charge a fee for use
  • pets are welcome as long as they're leashed

What does a sign that reads "wet beach" mean?

  • swimming is mandatory
  • alcohol is legally permitted
  • the shoreline is in a storm zone that gets a lot of rainfall and can pose risky swimming conditions

You pack a sandwich and snacks for the beach. How long can you leave out cheese in the sun before it goes bad?

  • always keep cheese refrigerated or cool
  • about 24 hours after it starts sweating
  • indefinitely, cheese doesn't spoil

When should you start drinking water to stay hydrated at the beach?

  • when you start feeling light-headed or sick
  • when you start feeling thirsty
  • before you start feeling thirsty

How can taking along binoculars make your beach experience safer?

  • They can help you spot your kids or other swimmers in distress from a distance.
  • Their mere presence can dissuade petty thiefs from preying on your area of the shore.
  • Their lenses are safer to look through than sunglasses or reading glasses.

Where on your body are you most likely to get skin cancer, and what should you do about it?

  • under your hairline, so keep your scalp wet
  • your ears, so wear a hat that protects them from the sun's rays
  • your chest, so keep it covered with a bathing suit or clothing

What time of day are the sun's UV rays the most harmful?

  • between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • late afternoon
  • between noon and 6 p.m.

Which one of these factors should NOT harm a digital camera at the beach?

  • sand
  • UV rays
  • wind speed

Who invented the original swim fins?

  • Amelia Earhart
  • Albert Einstein
  • Benjamin Franklin