Have a beach parking permit
Always have an updated parking permit to avoid a $75 fine. Annual permits are $12 and can be purchased at the Corpus Christi Visitor Information Center at Heritage Park or at H-E-B and Stripes locations.
Bring sunscreen and sunglasses
Beat the sun’s harmful rays and bring plenty of sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses.
Feeling the sand between your toes is nice, but not when it’s scorching hot outside. Protect your feet from burns and items that may be hiding in the sand.
Extended exposure to heat can take a huge toll on your body. Fuel up.
Avoid glass containers
Glass containers are prohibited at the beach. Avoid foot-related injuries and always dispose your trash properly.
Enter water feet first
Entering unknown water headfirst can result in serious lifelong injuries. Feel for the water’s depth and walk with your hands extended in front of you.
Be mindful of ocean life
Barnacles and shells have razor-sharp edges, so watch your step. Keep a look out for jellyfish and other forms of marine life. Stay away from grassy areas and dunes.
Wear a life jacket
For those who can’t swim, keep a well-fitted life jacket with you at all times, especially for children.
Swim near a lifeguard
Most drowning cases occur in unguarded areas. Know where lifeguards are stationed and keep close.
Swim with a buddy
Having a second person with you in the water can save you from a life-threatening situation. They can help you or signal others for help.
Watch for waves
Waves are more powerful than you may think. Look for rip current warning signs or ask about the day’s wave conditions before you head out.
It’s OK to have a few on the beach, but make sure to do so responsibly. Alcohol affects your judgment and can lead to dehydration, increasing the risk of heat-related illnesses. Never swim or drive while intoxicated.
Remove valuables from car
Be sure to hide or take down important items from your vehicle.
Have a designated driver
Be sure to have somebody who isn’t drinking to get everyone home safe. This friend could ensure that nobody gets hurt.
If you need to use an ATM, make sure to check it for anything odd. Spring breakers can be an easy target for skimmers. Whether if it’s pulling out cash or pumping gas be aware and monitor your online bank statement.
Eat a meal
Drinking on an empty stomach can cause alcohol to affect you much quicker. That bowl of snack mix isn’t enough.
The week can get wild but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t think about your future. Stock up on protection before you leave home so you don’t end up with regrets.
Make sure you have a reasonable amount of money. Be prepared for the unexpected and assume everything will cost 10 percent more than you expected.
If things ever get out of hand, don’t be afraid to call for help. Whether it be someone drowning, heat exposure, alcohol poisoning or a fight breaks out be sure to get help.