Top Beach Tip: Less is Best
Your beach day starts full of energy and bliss as you load up all the bags and your family races to the sand. Before you leave your house or car ask yourself if you’re going to want and be able to carry everything but the kitchen sink from water to home after a day in the sun. At the top of my list of beach tips is practical planning and that means minimal gear for maximum seaside fun for all.
Ziploc bags are lifesavers to protect your cell phone from sand and water. I’ve found that most of the time I can use the phone while in the bag, no need for it to ever get close to salty digits.
Gallon or quart size bags are perfect for wet swimsuits if you’re using one giant beach bag like me. I have my hands full with a water baby so less items to keep track of works best.
Leave the Valuables at Home
Before you pack each item ask yourself if you care if sand and salt water leave their mark on each thing. My beach tip for outings with kiddies is leave your finest at home where safe or you may soon find that beautiful watch is scratched from sand and caked with bits of ocean mist.
Sunscreen First & Reapply Often
Apply sunscreen on each kid before leaving the house. Believe me it’s far less hassle than wrangling kids when their little toes hit the sand and their focus is on becoming water babies. Kids have the ability to get sandy from head to toe within seconds and no one wants to smear sunscreen on a sandy impatient kid.
I admit that I’m pretty bad at packing snacks and drinks on our outings. I never pack enough and we usually end up buying goodies along our weekend adventures. When it comes to our beach days I do not make this mistake because it’s absolutely crucial to stay hydrated during a day in the sun. Waters, fruits and veggies take up most of the space in our beach bag. Everything from chopped cucumbers, watermelon, pineapple and more. Water based fruits and veggies help keep you hydrated and keep tummies full.
Leaving Sand at the Beach
I have shared my love for the beach many times and part of the love is the sand between my toes. I know sand will find a way to my car and home but I do have a few beach tips to remove sand.
Sand Gone is always in our beach bag because it is safe and effective. Made from vegetable starches, this non-toxic powder saves us from tears as we remove sand during outfit changes at the beach. Learn more about Sand Gone.
Baby wipes may be my favorite item as a mama. Even with a potty trained child, we do not leave the house without baby wipes. They are stashed in cars and bags because they will help clean sunscreen off your hands, clean containers, and clean our salty faces.
I would love to read about your beach tips. How do you keep everyone happy and sane during the endless summer days in the sand?