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Tips for the Perfect Beach Day with Kids

I can’t believe it is almost summer!  The days have been flying by, but at least they are getting longer and warmer.  Thanks to living in Florida, where at times it feels like living on the surface of the sun, we have already started having lots of fun beach and pool days with the kids.  When we first moved down here, I always felt like a disheveled mess when we would hit the sand for the day.  I would always forget something, the kids would be getting sand everywhere, and someone always ended up in tears from stepping on something or getting sand in their eyes.  Now that we’ve been here for a couple years and been to the beach about a hundred times in that time span, I have come up with a routine.  So, I’m sharing my favorite tips for having the perfect beach day with kids.

Tips for the Perfect beach day with kids

Beach Tips and Tricks

First and foremost, keep your expectations in check.  It’s unlikely you will get a lot of time relaxing in your beach chair while reading a book.  However, beach trips with kids brings on a whole different level of fun in the sun.  Wave jumping, sand castle building, shell finding fun.

Pack lot’s of water and snacks, kids get tired and hungry from salty air and the water.  Plus, snack time is the perfect time for you to be able to actually enjoy some time in your beach chair.

Tips for the Perfect beach day with kids printable

Get a toy bag that has holes in it, the last thing you want to have to do is rinse out all the sand toys one at a time while the kids are running all over the place.  Or even worse have to rewash them again at home because you have a bag full of sand.  A cheap popup laundry basket is perfect, or if you can find the plastic tubs with large holes in it.  This was you just swish it in the water a few times and everything clean.

Brina a trash bag, you don’t want to have to run to the trash barrels all day, bring a plastic bag and throw everything away at once at the end of your day.

Take sun protection seriously!  Bring a lot of sunblock, a tent or umbrella, and try to get to the beach early or late in the day when the sun isn’t at it’s strongest.

Tips for the Perfect beach day with kids free printable

Get the kids comfortable, stylish swimsuits that have UPF protection.  Garnet Hill sent Lilly this beautiful “Cabana Life” bathing suit and cover-up.  I love that it’s a tankini because they offer the coverage I want and the easy bathroom trips that two-piece swimsuits provide.  Plus the coordinating cover-up is soft and cozy, perfect to put on when she is sitting in the sun.

Tips for the Perfect beach day with kids cabana

Don’t forget anything.  There’s nothing worse than driving all the way to the beach, finding a parking spot, carrying everything through the sand to find a perfect place to spend the day, only to realize you forgot your beach blanket or the sunscreen.  Use this free Beach and Pool Printable Checklist to help you remember everything.

Free Beach Checklist Printable

Have fun, Lots of Fun!  The Beach is the perfect place to make magical summertime memories!

Tips for the Perfect Beach Day with Kids

 

11 Comments on Tips for the Perfect Beach Day with Kids

  1. Elizabeth O
    May 16, 2018 at 8:02 am (5 months ago)

    This is a really great post with some handy tips in. I love the idea of getting a toy bag with holes in, that is a superb idea! I am sure this post will really help a lot of people out.

  2. Lena Juice
    May 16, 2018 at 9:58 am (5 months ago)

    I remember the beach time with my younger brother and it was the best time ever, ’cause it was so much fun and I was in charge of everything from the same list. It was hard and fun at the same time!!!

  3. Pooja @ Peaceful Banyan Tree
    May 16, 2018 at 7:55 pm (5 months ago)

    These are some very important tips you are sharing. I don’t think you can miss anything out of this list.
    I love the white cute dress of your daughter 🙂

  4. Christopher Mitchell
    May 16, 2018 at 8:16 pm (5 months ago)

    Love the checklist that you’ve included here! Great little article!

  5. Tushar Singh
    May 16, 2018 at 8:32 pm (5 months ago)

    That checklist is so comprehensive. Definitely a lifesaver for those hitting the beaches with kids without any preparation.
    And, such a cool design for the checklist. Reminds me of SpongeBob. lol

  6. Geraline Batarra
    May 17, 2018 at 8:16 am (5 months ago)

    Those tips look so good and that beach or pool checklist is a great guide for us in preparing those necessary things that our kids need when they are going to the beach, thanks for sharing!

  7. Lexie Lane
    May 17, 2018 at 12:45 pm (5 months ago)

    We live about 2 blocks from the beach and it is very very hard not to have sand in your house. I usually bring a plastic bag or 2 so I can change him before he gets in the car. That avoids at least 90% of the sand issue. lol!

    I do like the holes in the bags tip though. It does help to also know the amount of sand you’re taking with you!

  8. Rachel
    May 18, 2018 at 2:19 am (5 months ago)

    I’m not much of a beach person, but this post makes it sounds like you got beach day down to the T! Your tips for making the day as relaxing as possible with kids all sound great 🙂

  9. Autumn Murray
    May 18, 2018 at 10:41 am (5 months ago)

    Great list! It has been a few years since my kids were little but I made sure to create a checklist so I wouldn’t forget anything. I would be lost without a checklist.

  10. Blair villanueva
    May 19, 2018 at 7:57 am (5 months ago)

    Making sure our little babies are safe even travels. Even there are lifeguards, we can’t rely in them. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips! Would you know any sunscreen lotion for babies?

  11. Mommy Sigrid
    May 22, 2018 at 2:55 am (5 months ago)

    Every summer, I buy a new set of swimsuits for the kids. They like the fun colors and well, at least their swim photos look different from each other. haha

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