REVISED AND UPDATED Aug 10th 2016
This is another instalment of our “What to Pack”Â 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
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:
- Bathing suit
- Snacks ( you can find some great packable snacks hereÂ )
- 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 PowderBaby PowderÂ 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)
If you have an infant who isÂ 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.
There WILLÂ 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 tentsÂ 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!)
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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.