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What to Pack: For a day at the beach with kids


This is another instalment of our “What to Pack”… series, where i share some of our packing essentials, as well as a few not-so-common items. Hope you find this beach day checklist useful as you plan your beach day with kids!

What to Pack: For a day at the Beach with Kids


Our mornings on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii

I always end up with an overflowing bag of items to take to the beach. But i have made a small list here to try and keep your beach bags from overflowing, but still making sure you have the necessities!

The “Basics” Beach Vacation Checklist:


  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Towel
  • Bathing suit
  • Sunglasses
  • Snacks ( you can find some great packable snacks here… )
  • Water to drink
  • A bucket and sand toys for the kids.
  • A book or kindle for mom/dad


Not so common beach weekend packing list essentials:

Baby Powder
Baby Powder… is great to get all the sand off your legs before you try to put your shoes on. Just apply a generous amount and rub it all over. The sand dries up and brushes off easily (I always pick up a travel sized one for each trip)

Beach Blanket

If you have an infant who is… not crawling yet I highly suggest the JJ Cole Blanket. This blanket has been a great investment for us. When we went to Hawaii my youngest was not yet crawling, this blanket was big, light and folded up with a convenient carry handle. I called it my luxury item in my suitcase as it took up a fair bit of room but we used it everyday and it beat those sand mats that you can buy at all of the stores.

Our go-to beach blanket in action in Hawaii

Our go-to beach blanket in action in Hawaii

Wet Bag

There WILL… be sandy and wet clothes after your day at the beach with kids! Consider a Wet Bag to keep all of those wet and dirty things contained until you can get home and wash them!

Pop up Tent

If you are taking your baby to the beach for a day-trip, these pop-up beach shade tents… have become very popular! They are a great place to put your baby down for a nap, and they are much easier to pack and set up than a traditional umbrella (we all know it is not easy to keep an umbrella standing up at the beach!)


If you want more packing tips for your next family vacation, you can check out our What to Pack lists here

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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.

7 thoughts on “What to Pack: For a day at the beach with kids

    1. HGroz

      This blog is AMAZING! Such practical advice and great ideas! A must see blog when you are travelling with kids! I am going to recommend this to all of my friends!

    2. carpediem Post author

      thanks Enno! im glad you found something new to pack in your bag! did i miss anything you think should have been included?

  1. eileen at FamiliesGo!

    Great list! I have a small, porous sack I fill with baby powder for the beach. It’s easier to pack than a shaker jar and the powder flies around less. very handy. you can get the same effect filling a thin sock with baby powder and tying a knot in the top.

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