Heading on a beach vacation? Lucky you! Packing the right amount of beach gear, without going overboard, is essential for a successful, stress free (or stress a little less) beach vacation with kids. The tricky part is most of the time you are taking a plane to get to your beach destination. If you are anything like me, you don’t like wasting your actual vacation time shopping for things that you need for your vacation. With a little foresight, you can pack all of your beach essentials within your children’s luggage. I generally am able to fit all of the extras into their suitcases and not mine because their clothes are that much smaller. Plus they don’t require makeup and extra toiletries.
Here are my favorite beach essentials for any beach getaway!
I swear by this product. I have used it since my first (born 2010) for all things traveling. It makes life so much easier. It folds into a travel size bag and comes with a blow up mattress (I don’t pack that – it adds too much weight to my bags) and it is perfect for the beach. It gives you a shaded area for the baby to play and take a nap. It helps especially if your child is not a fan of the sand. It’s also one of my top baby travel essentials.
The Original Sand Free Mat
Another amazing product. We know how annoying sand can be. Think about all the time, effort, and energy you spend setting up your beach gear, towel and essentials. Ten seconds later it is destroyed by your toddler who waddles his sand covered body over your towel. The Original Sand Free Mat is so neat. Sand is able to filter through the blanket and keep off of you and your towels.
31 Brand Large Utility Tote
I have not one, but 3 of these bags and I have been using them for years. These large utility bags fit perfect at the bottom of your suitcase for packing, and make the best beach tote. I also use them throughout the year for toting the kids stuff from place to place, picnic dates, and even sporting events.
If you are going to the beach, you should bring the snorkel gear along. Some resorts offer snorkel rentals, but I always find it easiest to just pack my own. My kids each have their own snorkel set that they pack inside their carry ons. *mom tip* make sure your kid is actually going to use the snorkel gear before you pack it along with you. Have them practicing using the gear during the summer months at the pool. Otherwise, you will find that you brought all this gear, and did’t really need to.
Beach Ball, Sand Toys, and a Few More…
Inflatable beach balls, sand toys, and a few other random toys that can be found around the house, or at the Dollar Store are always fun to bring to the beach. I find that if I bring the random small figurines and cars, that my kids will spend the day building castles, roads, and houses to play with. If you don’t bring anything, you might get (ok you most probably will get) the “I’m bored” comment at least once during the day. Do yourself a favor and bring something for the kids to do. I always pack stuff that I know they will enjoy playing with, but I don’t care if it gets lost, given away at the end of the trip, or broken.
Mini Speaker with Bluetooth Capability
My oldest brother has always been so good about this one. Bringing a portable mini speaker/stereo to play some music while you are at the beach is another way to keep your kids entertained. For the parents it is helpful to drowned out any sibling quarrels, arguing or whining.
Sunscreen and Baby Powder
Two more things to throw into your beach bag are sunscreen and baby powder. Need I say more? There is nothing worse then a sunburned or sand covered baby at the end of the day.