I have been taking my kids to the beach since they were babies, so I consider myself a seasoned pro. I will share my secrets for a day well spent in the sun with you to take the stress away and allow for a well spent day in the sun!
Shade is a Secret Weapon
I know, shade at the beach is unlikely, it kind of defeats the purpose of a beach to be super shady! However, the dangers of the sun are very real, and being prepared to offer a shady sanctuary is vital to any successful day at the beach with small kids! A pop up shelter is ideal and a great investment if beach days are plentiful in your life, however a big umbrella to stick in the sand will work just fine when the time comes to rest or play on the beach!
A day at the beach calls for a few things. Sunscreen is non-negotiable. Drinks and Snacks are a given, but some simple items like baby powder, plastic shopping bags for easy garbage collection and a soft bristled brush in the car make the day a lot simpler when it comes to clean up!
Save on Cooler Space
A cooler is one of those items you know you will need. Cold drinks and snacks are much needed at the beach! Freezing the drinks and fruits the night before will make the cooler lighter and easier to manage because you can skip those heavy and bulky ice packs. As the day goes they will unthaw and be the perfect temperature for a hot day!
Toys are going to make the day easier! But, don't go overboard on bringing too many fun things! A sand bucket, a few small plastic shovels, a beach ball or a floaty are really all you need to keep the fun rolling like the waves! If your children need a lovey to make it through the day, bring one that is easy to wash!
The kids are going to get sand EVERYWHERE! This in inevitable, but cleaning it up can be a breeze, this is where that baby powder I mentioned earlier comes into play. Applying it liberally to sandy and mostly dry bodies will make the sand fall off with ease. You can also use the soft bristled brush I mentioned keeping in the car to gently brush any remaining sand off of those little bodies!
Set A Schedule
I know a day at the beach is a chance to relax, but having clearly outlined time limits on swimming time will help your kids avoid sun dangers. Our kids are still small, so we do 20 minutes of swimming, 20 minutes of sand play, then 20 minutes of rest. This helps avoid bad sunburns, cranky attitudes and it gives us ample opportunity to fit all of the fun into one day!
I hope these tips help your family to enjoy a day at the beach! If you have a great tip for families visiting the beach for the first time, please leave a comment!
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