Let’s not allow that beach trip to turn into a disaster. Pack the following items and you are guaranteed to have a better time.
1) The Correct Sun Block
This one should be a no brainer. You obviously will need sunblock when you are at the beach, but are you packing the correct one? If you have an aerosol sun block, the answer to that question is no.
Lotion is a better option at the beach for a number of reasons. The chief one is that lotion works better than aerosols. With an aerosol, it is difficult to get the correct coverage and that will lead to burns. With lotion, it is much easier to apply the correct amount and it will last longer, which means less reapplications.
Using lotion is also a much friendlier option to your fellow beach-goers. Not putting sunscreen into the wind means not spraying other people with your protection. Additionally, you do not have to worry about a can being left in the sun and heating up.
2) More Snacks Than You Need
You have kids, so you know that you will need snacks, but are you bringing enough? Make sure of it by packing more than you can possibly need, because you might be surprised at just how much you kids eat.
What you have to remember, is that your children will be going non stop from the time they set foot in the sand until the time they pass out in their car seat. More activity means more hunger.
While you are at it, make sure that you also throw a few dollars in your bag. Depending on the beach, there are likely going to be some vendors selling food and snacks. These might grab your child’s attention, but they may not take credit so be prepared.
3) A Portable Toilet
This is another one of those, depending on the beach situations. Not every beach will have adequate restroom facilities. Be sure to check ahead of time and see if toilets are provided at your beach. Keep in mind though that even if your beach does have a restroom, it might be too far away or undesirable to use.
A portable toilet is cheap insurance that you will not have to abruptly leave the beach. Line it with a trash bag and use litter for filler to make things easy to dispose of at the end of the day and don’t forget to pack toilet paper.
As for usage goes, if you have a SUV or large car, you are all set. Otherwise an inexpensive pop up shelter will provide you with all of the privacy that you need.
4) Beach Tools
Building sand castles is a classic beach activity, but it is very difficult to pull off without a few tools. A few buckets and some shovels will make all of the difference in the world. Try to pick quality tools as well. Those dollar store beach kits almost always break within the first couple hours.
Not a sandcastle building family? You still may need tools to dig for shells or shark teeth. In any case, it is better to have something and not need it than to wish you had it and have disappointed children.
5) A Change of Clothing
If you live close to the beach, you can disregard this tip. For those of you with a long drive however, take notice of this one.
There is nothing worse than being at the beach all day and then having to wear the same clothes home on a long car ride. Kids lack the patience to stay out of the water while they dry and that means wet clothing. In addition, sand will be everywhere. You will find it in every pocket and every crevice and that will make the drive home annoying at best.
Bring a change of clothes for everyone and make sure that they are easy to put on. For example, you should be thinking exercise shorts over blue jeans.
To Sum It Up
This is obviously not a complete list of everything that you need to enjoy the beach. You will still need items like towels, beach chairs, umbrellas, etc. The list goes on and on, but having the five items above in your kid beach checklist will go a long way towards making your day a success.