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Floating in the Dead Sea is one of the highlights of my trip to Israel. Heck, it’s one of the cooler experiences of my life. Because the Dead Sea has such a high salt concentration, you literally float in it. It’s incredible! I read a lot of different articles on it before I went, but it still didn’t prepare me for it. I think it’s the closest I’ll ever get to weightlessness!
Before you embark on this adventure, though, there are a few ways to make your experience a little more enjoyable! I’m glad I followed them (and my husband broke a few and regretted it, haha). Be sure to at least take these into consideration before you go!
7 Things To Know Before Floating in the Dead Sea
1.) Wear an Old Swimsuit
This is one I lucked out on. I didn’t realize it until we arrived and were talking to some of the folks here – but it’s a good idea to wear an old swimsuit when swimming in the Dead Sea. Due to the high salt concentration, it can strip the color of your bright, new swimsuit! My polka dot bikini has been through a lot over the years, and fortunately, I didn’t notice any discoloration. But, it’s definitely worth taking into consideration before you jump in!
2.) Don’t Dunk Your Head
My husband found this one out the hard way…you will regret dunking your head in the Dead Sea! Your eyes will burn – even if they are closed! Plus, it’ll tangle however much hair you have on your head. There are even signs (which we noticed after the fact) saying “don’t submerge your head.”
3.) Drink Lots of Water
Again, the high salt concentration can dehydrate you. While it’s tempting to grab a beer and hit the beach – don’t forget to hydrate!
4.) Slather on the Mud
Grab handfuls of that Dead Sea mud and coat yourself in it! Then, go ahead and rinse off. It’s said to have healing properties…and at the very least, it’ll make your skin silky smooth.
5.) Don’t Wear Jewelry
Like wearing a new swimsuit, wearing your jewelry in here will wreak havoc on it!
6.) DO NOT Shave
If you have any kind of knick or cut or razor burn you WILL feel it. And depending on your tolerance for this type of pain, it’s best to just avoid shaving. I didn’t shave for two full days before this dip in the sea. (Don’t look at these photos too closely!) I had a couple little cuts on my foot, though, and it wasn’t the worst pain by any means – more just irritating. (But again, it depends on your tolerance!)
7.) Don’t get your camera or phone wet
Keep your electronics on dry land! The saltwater will also do some damage to your phone or camera if you drop it. Even using a GoPro can be tricky, as the salt will leave a residue over the lens. If you want your photos in the Dead Sea – have someone take them from shore.
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Is floating in the Dead Sea on your bucket list? Let me know in the comments!
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