A day at the beach is the perfect way to enjoy a warm spring or summer day. Your kids fill their lungs with fresh air and make plenty of memories. But you don’t want to get stuck on the beach without a few essentials. These items make the trip more enjoyable and safe for your entire family.
One of the most important essentials is sun protection. You won’t find much natural shade on the beach. Sunscreen is a must for families. You’ll need to reapply several times if you spend the entire day at the beach, so bring plenty.
You might also want something to block the sun. A large sun umbrella is one option. Another idea is a tailgating canopy or tent that has a frame and a tent top. This creates a home base on the beach where you and the kids can get a break from the sun. Hats for the entire family also help.
First Aid Kit
If you go to a beach with a lifeguard station, they should have a first aid kit, but don’t take your chances. It’s always best to travel with a fully stocked first aid kit just in case something happens. The beach is full of potential hazards, from sharp rocks and glass to biting insects. Come prepared with your own first aid kit.
You’re surrounded by water at the beach, but you’ll need plenty of fresh water to stay hydrated after a day in the sun. Bring a cooler with lots of water in it, especially if the beach you’re visiting doesn’t have a concession stand or drinking fountain. If a drinking fountain is available, bring refillable water bottles and keep them full.
Another essential is food for the day. Again, if the beach has concession stands you always have that as an option. But you’ll probably want to bring some of your own snacks too to save money. Bring things that are easy to eat, such as fruit, nuts or crackers.
The kids will likely splash in the waves and dig in the sand most of the day, but a comfy spot to rest is also important. Bring plenty of beach towels or blankets for lounging on the beach. A comfy blanket makes sleeping easier if you have a baby or young child who still needs naps. Bring some folding lounge chairs if you want to get off the sand.
Change of Clothes
The water and wet sand are fine as long as the kids are playing, but once they stop they might feel uncomfortable. Plus, you don’t want to take the beach home with you in the car. Bring at least one change of clothes for everyone in the family. Bring stretchy clothes that are easy to get on. Even after towel drying, skin tends to be moist, making it difficult to get tight clothes on.
If you don’t want to hear complaints of boredom, pack up some fun beach toys. A basic bucket and shovel is a standard. Bring one for each child to avoid fighting. Water guns are also an option. The kids can fill up with the waves and squirt each other with the guns. Frisbees also work well on the beach.