Ah, an idyllic and carefree family beach trip – that’s just what you need this summer. It’s a great way for the grown-ups to relax by the seaside and the kids to play in the sand, although a family beach trip isn’t without sand ending up in all the wrong places! If you want to make your day at the beach successful, here is our list of family beach trip essentials. Pack like a pro and you´ll set yourself up for a stress-free day.
Always keep a first aid kit and clean-up kit
Even though you´re likely doing all you can to keep your kids safe, accidents do happen, so it´s good to be prepared.
Packing a small first aid kit along with the rest of your stuff doesn’t take up that much space. Plus, if one of your children gets a bump, a scrape, or even an unexpected ailment, you’ll be equipped to deal with it on the spot.
Tantamount to this is a clean-up kit: tissues, wipes, hand gel, etc. are all items you should never leave home without. No matter how young or old your kids are. They can prove to be very handy when you least expect it.
Sunscreen your way to fun
Skin cancer affects not only healthy adults but also children. Plus, why let a perfectly good day at the beach get ruined by sunburn?
Many people think getting sunburnt isn’t possible with cloudy or overcast weather, but that’s a misconception. If you or your kids plan to go for a dip, reapply the sunscreen every two hours, either before or right after swimming.
Come up with a nice entertainment checklist
While there´s sun, sea, and sand, children still need to be entertained. At the bare minimum, here’s what we recommend as part of our family beach trip essentials:
- A bucket and spade for all the sand digging and castle building (great activity for the grownups too)
- A beachball, beach paddles or football for fun-filled family games
- A fishing net and sturdy waterproof sandals for the rock pooling
- Bodyboards and snorkels if your kids are a little older and know how to swim
- Reading material when you want to sit back and lose yourself in a good book for a while
Time to hit the road and lose yourself at the beach. Hopefully, the weather won’t turn!