Thursday, July 23, 2015

Family Beach Day Essentials

Hitting up the beach is one of my very favorite summer activities, and I try to escape to the shore whenever possible. Now that I have a little one in tow, getting all packed up can be a pretty daunting task, and it’s often a fine line between over packing and forgetting some must haves. Today I wanted to share my favorite beach day essentials, which have kept our sanity during the last couple trips to the beach.

 I remember last summer I distinctly fell into the latter category of under packing. On our very first outing to the beach with Little M, we pretty much packed like it was just two adults going to the beach, plus our diaper bag filled with his normal necessities of bottles, diapers and a change of clothes. It was basically a disaster waiting to happen, so thank goodness the friends that we went with were waaaayyy more well versed than us and let us borrow all of their stuff throughout the day.
My little bathing beauty - super cute, but definitely doesn't travel light!
1. Stroller – Little M is our little champion sleeper, but god help us if he doesn’t get his daily nap! While I love nothing more than to doze off on the beach, he usually is too distracted by all of the fun surroundings to actually fall asleep and take his nap on the beach. So we usually end up taking him for a walk on the boardwalk in his stroller around nap time, and within 10-15 minutes, he’s out cold. We try to plan this around lunchtime, so we actually get to have a peaceful sit down meal while he snoozes away in his stroller! So while it may be a bit of a pain to lug the stroller out to the beach, we are so, so thankful we have it at our disposal for nap time!
Thank you stroller for letting Mommy and Daddy have a peaceful lunch!
2. Sunscreen - Another must have, and after Lindsay raved about the Babyganics line, I checked it out myself and it's been our summer go-to!

3. Blow-up pool – This is one of those items that seemed like total nonsense to me in my pre-child days, but now is probably my number 1 must have, especially if you have a toddler. The one we bought was perfect since it's just big enough to keep Little M amused and cool, but doesn't take forever to fill (see also #4!), plus you can't beat the 8.99 price!

4. Baby powder – Did you know that baby powder is basically sand’s kryptonite?! This was a recent discovery, and was amazed that a couple shakes of baby powder will completely clean sand off of you! So now we never head to the beach without it.  We’ll douse Little M in it when changing his diaper on the beach, and then again before getting into the car. Plus, is there anything better than a sweet smelling baby powdered baby?!

5. Assorted beach toys – This one is a bit of a no brainer, but I figured I’d share my favorite set of beach toys that we have. The plus to this set is the large bucket that fits all of the rest of the toys. Not only is it a handy way to keep everything all together, but it also helps get that baby pool I mentioned above filled up more quickly! You’d be surprised how long it takes to fill up that little baby pool with just a couple inches of water, so the bigger the bucket, the less the number of trips back and forth to the ocean are required.

6. Extra sippy cups – This is another one we learned the hard way after having to clean a sandy, salty sippy cup off one too many times. Always pack a couple of back-ups, so you can be sure your little one has a fresh and clean sippy cup to keep them hydrated in the hot sun. These Munchkin Click Lock Cups are some of my faves since the straw retracts inside when closed and is actually spill proof.

7. Crocs - Crocs are a summer staple in our house, but especially at the beach. They somehow always magically stay on his feet, and are so easy to rinse off after a messy day in the sand.

8. Beach Cart – And last but certainly not least is our favorite beach cart. This was another live and learn situation, after having GG nearly break his back trying to carry all of our bags and accessories, while trying to wrangle a baby! We load this baby up and wheel it onto the beach, then once it’s time to go home, it conveniently folds up taking up hardly any of the space in the car. I love this one, though there are tons of great options available on Amazon.

What are your family beach necessities?


  1. I never thought of bringing a blow up pool but that's brilliant!!

  2. So much fun stuff!! Now I know why my Brother in law is always carting so much stuff down with them to the beach haha

  3. It never fails that I always forget something when going to the beach! And I don't even have kids to pack for! I would have never thought about a blow up pool!

    <3, Pamela
    Sequins & Sea Breezes

  4. These are great tips! For a full day, I would definitely recommend something with wheels. We've taken a wagon before and it's so nice to lug the cooler in that and not have to carry...for the guys of course, lol.

  5. I feel like the stuff you have to take triples once you add a little one to the equation! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

  6. Taking a blow up pool sounds like such a fun idea!!

  7. I also just learned that baby powder trick and it is PURE MAGIC! I wish I would have known it years ago!

  8. He is adorable! I love that beach cart, what a great idea! Definitely need to keep that baby powder trick in mind!

  9. Great tips, but I'm just focusing on the super cuteness of Little M :)

  10. I don't have any little ones [yet] but I watch my sister haul her 2 babies to the beach every weekend and it haha! but such fun times and great memories! I can't wait for those days!

  11. What a perfect list! I didn't know that baby powder helped with sand!! I need to remember that on my next trip down with my nieces and nephew.

  12. Great tips for family trips - better save for that day when I have kids.

  13. You hit the nail on the head! I need to remember the powder trick, I always forget!

  14. Great ideas! I had never thought of taking a blow-up pool to the beach until I saw someone else post it earlier this summer. And I'm so glad you posted the beach cart! Hopping over to Amazon now:)


  15. Wow, he is getting so big!! He's adorable! Hope you're having a great summer!!


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