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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Essentials For A Beach Day With Kids

Living in Miami, we are pros at beach days. With gorgeous weather year-round, spending the day at the beach is the norm. When I was young, packing for the beach meant a cute bag, magazine, sunblock and a drink, not so easy when as a mom. As a mom, you need to think about EVERYTHING!! The beach is a great family destination and it shouldn't be a nightmare to get ready for a day of fun!

Here are my beach essentials as a mom of three:

Beach Day Essentials

1.   Beach Towels: One per person. I like regular beach towels, nothing fancy for us!
2.   Baby Powder: SUPER IMPORTANT! Baby powder is the best to remove sand from feet and hands.
3.   Baby Wipes: These are a mom staple, just pack them along for the beach also
4.  Wet Happened Bags: I love these bags for storing wet swimsuits. I never leave wet swimsuits on the kids.
5.   Beach Toys: These can vary depending on the age of your child but my kids (ages 8, 7, 6) still play with         basic buckets and shovels.
6.   Beach Cart: This is my life-saver. I pack everything in this cart and just roll it down to our spot. 
7.   Frozen grapes: The kids love these. It really refreshes them. I just stick them in the freezer the night               before.
8.   Beach Umbrella: Ours is over-sized but the kids only come under it when they are eating. 
9.   Beach Chairs : I like 5-position beach chairs. I drag my chair all the way to the water so I can watch             the kids closely. These are a tad expensive but they have lasted for years.
10. Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids & Aveeno Protect and Hydrate. I take separate sunblocks, one for kids,             one for adults. I love the Neutrogena for the kids. Every hour or so, I call them in and just spray them           with the block. No need to dry them off first. 

SUNBLOCK TIP: Apply before leaving the house. This way, it has time to dry on your skin and it serves a base for future re-applications. If you apply at the beach and then go in the water, it just washes off!

Along with these items, I pack sandwiches, chips and fresh fruit for everyone to munch on during the day. Water makes kids super hungry!

The beach cart makes hauling everything out and back to your car so easy! I highly suggest you get one if you plan on going to the beach all the time like we do!

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What else would you add to the list? What are your beach essentials?


  1. Snacks and water, like you said! Mine are still young enough that we bring a little tent for the little one to nap in away from the sun!
    And my camera is important!!

  2. Love your beach essentials! I believe a beach trip can go from dreamy to nightmarish in a spark so the best way to avoid any unforeseen meltdowns is to have a well-packed beach bag especially when you are going with your kids. For me, these are don't-leave-home-without-them items that are essentials for the beach: swimsuit, roomy beach tote, colorful cover-up, sun hat, flat sandals or flip flops, oversized sunglasses, lots of sunscreen, beach towel, beach chairs, fabric headband, camera, music player, sand toys and a few beauty essentials.

  3. Fabulous post. Pinned and am featuring at Family Fun Friday!

  4. Great tips! I only thought about toys, sunscreen, and food.

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  5. My daughter always needs a sandwich sized ziplock for her collection, unusual rocks, broken bits of shell, driftwood.

  6. Stopping by from That's Fresh Friday link party. Great tips! My absolute MUST have, is my beach cart. No mother should be without one or maybe even two! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. I love these essentials. I currently have a summer bag essentials must haves - and a GIVEAWAY for it but this one with the kids is just super necessary,

    I just learned about the baby powder trick just last year and it is a dream. How did I ever go without it at the beach?

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