What to Pack for 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 is a list of my tried and true essentials:
The Best Beach Products for Kids:
This may seem like an odd addition to a beach packing list but 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.
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.
These are the best sunglasses for little ones around. They are completely indestructible and super cute!
This all natural sunscreen is perfect for babies as the main ingredient is the same as diaper cream: zinc oxide.
My husband and I have the adult version of these shoes and they have been great for several hikes and beach walks. My son loves water shoes and the best part is that they keep the sand out! They are practical, cute, and pack easily, the perfect combo!
This is a repeat from my travel hacks with toddlers post but it is worth it. I just 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.
The puddle jumper is one of the best toddler inventions around. 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 has more confidence to be independent (Obviously adult supervision is still required!)
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 sun.
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!