What to pack for a stress free trip to the beach with kids
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What to pack for the beach with kids
Wondering what to pack for the beach with kids? Before having kids I imagined that going to the beach with little ones would involve me relaxing on a beach chair while my beautiful, well-behaved children played nicely in the sand building sand castles and splashing in the waves. Of course, real life at the beach goes something like: “My hands are too dirty! My hands are too clean! I’m too hot! I’m too cold! I want a snack! The waves are too big! There are no waves! I don’t LIKE sand”
Packing smart for a beach vacation with kids is essential. Here my beach packing list filled with tried and true essentials for kids.
- 1 What to pack for the beach with kids
- 2 Beach Packing List for Kids:
- 2.1 The Best Toddler Sunglasses: Ro Sham Bo Sunglasses
- 2.2 Best Toddler Water Shoes: Fit Kids Water Shoes
- 2.3 The Best Toddler Swim Vest: Puddle Jumpers
- 2.4 The Best Toddler Sun Hat: iPlay
- 2.5 Best Toddler Beach Tent (?!) Phil and Ted’s Traveler
- 2.6 The Best Toddler Beach Toys
- 2.7 The Best Stroller/Car Seat Fan:
- 2.8 The Best Kids Sunscreen: Think Baby Sunscreen
- 2.9 Best Snack Container: YumBox
- 2.10 The Best Beach Baby Carrier: Buboose Aqua Carrier
- 2.11 The Best Toddler Beach Chair: Spiderman Beach Chair
- 2.12 The Best Beach Safe: Safe-GO
Beach Packing List for Kids:
The Best Toddler Sunglasses: Ro Sham Bo Sunglasses
I discovered these sunglasses in one my babywearing groups, and am now totally obsessed. These are the best toddler and baby sunglasses around. Not only are they super cute and stylish (clearly, priorities!!) they are also completely indestructible. These moldable plastic glasses can be chewed, bent, pulled and twisted and they WILL NOT BREAK. Seriously. They are that awesome. I own them in several colors. (Sizes: Baby, Junior, and Adult)
Best Toddler Water Shoes: Fit Kids Water Shoes
I first came across these awesome toddler-friendly water shoes at a friends cottage. I absolutely love the adult version for myself and the toddler version is just as practical (and adorable!). The best part about these water shoes is that they keep the sand OUT! For some reason, my toddler HATES sand on his feet so these shoes actually helped us avoid multiple meltdowns. So far, they have also been great for several long hikes and beach walks. These shoes pack completely flat which makes them a great travel companion.
The Best Toddler Swim Vest: Puddle Jumpers
The puddle jumper is one of the best toddler inventions around. Please note, that it is not a lifejacket, and still requires supervision, but it has allowed my son to be very independent in the water from a really young age. My son used to be very afraid of the water and clung to us for dear life if there were any waves. With the puddle jumper, he is a little swimming fish! Although it takes some space, this item is a must-have in our suitcase for any beach trip.
The Best Toddler Sun Hat: iPlay
A good sun hat is essential on a beach vacation with kids. For babies and toddlers, I try to get a hat with a large brim, ties under the chin, and a neck cover. Especially with my toddler, who screamed every time we came near him with sunscreen, a good hat was so important. I love this affordable hat from Amazon.
Best Toddler Beach Tent (?!) Phil and Ted’s Traveler
This may seem like an odd addition to a beach packing list but let’s be honest, I don’t have room to pack a beach tent for the majority of my beach vacations. If you’ve read my post on ‘The Best Toddler Travel Beds‘ you’ll know that I’m a fan of the Phil and Ted’s Traveler Playpen. the Phil and Ted’s is so versatile and that is what I absolutely love about it! We bring this on all our vacations for our littlest one to sleep in. When it’s not being used as a crib for sleep it also makes a great beach tent! We put a UV cover on top and it was perfect for an afternoon nap.
The Best Toddler Beach Toys
For my son, the best beach toys are definitely diggers and dump trucks. He is NOT into the sand castles and would much rather create a construction site in the sand. We don’t tend to bring along any sand toys if we are headed to the beach on a beach vacation that requires a plane trip. We will typically buy sand toys at our destination (go Target!) or even better, we rented toys on our last trip to Mexico!
Check out my post on the best travel toys for toddlers for more ideas.
This was a recent discovery and it was great on vacation. I only wish I had bought more than one because everyone wanted to use it! This portable fan clips to a stroller or car seat and helps the little ones to stay cool especially if they are napping in their stroller.
The Best Kids Sunscreen: Think Baby Sunscreen
This all-natural sunscreen is perfect for babies as the main ingredient is the same as diaper cream: zinc oxide. We have tried SO MANY kids sunscreens and this one is definitely my favorite. It isn’t too greasy and goes on easy. Now if anyone can figure out how to get my toddler to stop LOSING HIS MIND when we put on sunscreen, I’m all ears!
Best Snack Container: YumBox
This is a repeat from my travel essentials for toddlers post but it is worth it. I love the YumBox! It is great for the beach to offer a variety of snacks in minimal space. It also is easy to clean when the inevitable sand gets in it. Pack it in this pack-it lunch box to keep it cool on the go.
The Best Beach Baby Carrier: Buboose Aqua Carrier
For babies that like to be carried, this waterproof baby carrier is amazing. It is so comfy and adjusts easily to any size. I have used this at the beach and at the splash pad and it is great fun. I am also wearing the shaidee which straps on top of the carrier to provide some shade for little ones who aren’t quite ready for the sun.
The Best Toddler Beach Chair: Spiderman Beach Chair
We bring this spiderman chair when we are taking a car trip to the beach. It packs flat, and my son loves Spiderman! It’s nice to have something to keep the kids off the sand especially when it comes to snack time.
The Best Beach Safe: Safe-GO
This is another beach game changer for us. One of the things that drives me CRAZY at the beach is having one person stay behind to watch over the valuables. We don’t bring a lot, but usually have a wallet, cell phone, and camera. The SAFE-GO is the perfect solution. You can lock it to a beach chair or umbrella and feel free to chase your toddler up and down the beach to your heart’s desire!
Enjoy the beach!