Pack These Essentials for Your Next Family Beach Trip
Who doesn't love the beach? Sand, sunshine and cool waves make for a really relaxing day perfect for the family. If you are lucky enough to get a day at the beach you want to be sure you pack everything you need to really enjoy the day with your family and not have to make random trips to go get the basics. If you do not head to the beach on a regular basis you may be wondering what to pack for your next beach trip. The good news is packing for the beach can be a breeze.
Sun ScreenSun protection needs to be your first focus when packing for the beach. Whether you are sitting by or playing in the water, you are exposed to more sun than normal so sun protection is vital. A quality sunscreen in the highest SPF you can find is the perfect start. Be sure to pack enough that you can reapply about every two hours, more often for people sensitive to the sun. Packing rash guard swimsuits with built in SPF is great for protecting sensitive shoulders and backs. For on the beach, an umbrella is great option to provide shade. Tents are perfect for protecting your baby from the sun while you relax a bit.
Kid TowelsEveryone knows to bring towels to the beach, but they don't always remember to bring ones specifically for the kids. When returning from a fun filled day at the beach, the last thing you want is a tired, wet kid tripping over a towel that is too big and falling off of them. We love these Kidorable towels because they are just the right size for little ones and come with a button at the top to keep them from falling off. The soft and absorbent 100% cotton towels are machine washable and come in cute styles that will excite boys and girls alike. They even come in 2 sizes: a smaller size that is suitable for newborns to 2 years old, and a larger size for children 3-6 years old. Want to win a towel from Kidorable? Read to the end of this post to find out how you can enter!
CoolerGrab one of these great coolers and fill it with food and drinks. While most beaches have several places you can buy food it can be a pain to wait in long lines for an overpriced flavorless hot dog because you forgot to pack food. Even if you choose to not pack food you still want to bring plenty of drinks included bottles of water. We love to freeze refillable water bottles and use them as the ice for our cooler. Then we have plenty of ice cold water to rehydrate from the sun and less mess than dumping a bag of ice into the cooler.
ToysWhen you go to the beach, take advantage of toys and floats that you aren't allowed to use at the local pool. Pull out the big floats and let the kids enjoy themselves. When packing toys for the beach, grab some cheap sand toys that will help keep little ones busy playing away from the water during a break. They may even entertain older children for quite a while. Other great toy options include water squirters, frisbees, and pool noodles. Stop by your local Dollar Tree for these items so that you aren't out big bucks if the kids lose or break them.
CameraIf you're lucky enough to own a tough camera that is water and sand proof you have the perfect addition to document your family trip. If you don't have one you can get a waterproof case for most higher end cell phones that will allow you to take photos and never forget that big smile on your child's face when they come running with w hermit crab or minnow cupped in their little hands. Some of my favorite family photos are the ones with an amazing ocean backdrop.
BagsTo transport all of your fun stuff and your basics like towels, flip flops, and spare sunglasses grab some reusable shopping bags. Sturdy bags are perfect for the pool or the beach. You can even toss them in the wash and store them in the trunk for your next trip to the grocery store.
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