With memorial day weekend coming up I’m sure a lot of you are planning on having a day at the beach with family and friends. Living in Florida with kids and being a total beach bum I’ve figured out ways to make it easier.
- Apply sunscreen before you leave the house. For one, trying to apply sunscreen to a two-year old trying to play in the sand is hard. For two, sunscreen needs to soak into the skin at least 15 minutes before sun exposure to sun. Don’t forget to pack extra though, you’ll want to reapply every 80 minutes or so for continuous coverage.
- Bring some shade. Having a shady place for a snack or a diaper change is nice. We now bring a big beach umbrella, but when the kids were younger we brought a beach tent. This tent is perfect, it pops open quickly and stores itself in a bag for easy carrying. I also used four Ziploc bags full of sand, one in each corner, to weigh it down.
- Bring baby powder. When you’re ready to leave sprinkle baby powder on your kids skin where the sand is stuck. It gets the sand off so there is less sand in your car and their car seat. Makes a much more enjoyable ride home.
- Use a large mesh bag for sand toys. Like one schools use for gym balls. This one is cheap and with amazon prime. It’s super convenient to throw all the sandy toys in the bag and give it a good shake or two before throwing it into the trunk. Less sand the better.
- Bring snacks. Hand held things such as goldfish, pretzels, apple slices and peanut butter sandwiches are perfect. I keep a pail full of water next to the cooler for the kids to dip their hands into before grabbing said snack. Nothing is worse than chewing sand.
- Bring a cooler with drinks. This one is perfect. It has a plastic liner that you can pull out and spray off and its also on wheels. I usually hook the beach bag around the handle and roll it down the beach. It also has a pocket on the top that I stick the snacks into. Convenience is key. Water bottles, a sippy of milk, juice boxes, make sure you have something for everyone, we don’t need to be getting dehydrated.
- Bring a few plastic grocery bags. For garbage, wet suits or dirty diapers. I shove them in the side pocket of the cooler.
- Don’t forget the floatys. The waves and under current can be a bit much for a novice swimmer. We always bring a floaty for V, you never know how strong the waves are going to be that day and its better to have it with you and not use it then have a child bummed because she can’t enjoy the water.
- Invest in some beach chairs. We have these. They can be carried like a backpack and also have a large pocket which is perfect to stick towels in rather than putting them into a beach bag. I stick two towels in each chair before we leave that way I know we have enough towels and they are readily available. We’ve had them for 5 summers and they are still going strong.