With the summer holidays in full swing, families are packing up their beach tents and swimwear and heading for the nearest seaside destination.
Taking your family to the beach is really exciting. The beach is so perfect children. It’s a big open space for them to run around in, there are lots of new friends to play with and there are different sounds and textures to explore; not forgetting there’s some splashing fun to be had in the sea too.
But, as a parent, it can be a bit confusing choosing what to take to the beach now that you’re no longer single. Whereas before, you only needed a towel and a good book, now you wonder if you should bring along the entire nursery, in case your little ones get bored.
Too many times I see family’s on the beach who have overpacked and are loaded down with toys and non-beach essentials. The sandy hike back to the car can’t be fun and too often toys and belongings get lost, buried or ruined in the sand.
If you can fit everything you need into one bag and forget your pram then you’re winning! Take note; prams are a nightmare to take on the beach as you can’t push them on sand.
As a seasoned beach goer (we literally live opposite), we’ve created a list of the only beach essentials you’ll ever need for your family.
Here’s our top 10 family beach essentials:
- Sun Cream*
- Sun hat
- Big bottle of water
- Snacks or a packed lunch
- Swim costumes
- Bucket and spade
- Talcum Powder – This gets sand off easily when you’re ready to leave the beach!
- Tent or wind break (optional)
*When buying suncream, check that the suncream isn’t ‘blue’. Unless you want your child looking like a smurf for an hour. At least Evie was easy to spot when she started to toddle off.
If you are heading to the beach with your toddler sometime soon, check out my post: ‘Beach Survival Guide: Toddler Edition’.
Have you ever taken too much with you to the beach & regretted it? Is there an essential that you’d add to this list? What do you think of our top 10 family beach essentials? Let us know in the comments below.