Beach lovers, let’s talk about the sun and the sand. Heading out for some waves suddenly takes on an entirely different feel when you have your children with you, right? You seem to always need more… stuff. I think the Sweeney clan has finally gotten it down to a Science. No more struggling to get to our position. No more mental breakdowns in the middle of the heat. Oh no – we hit the beach with a plan in place and it’s a good one. Shade, food, entertainment, organization, and BOOM – relaxation for both parents.
Here are some recent purchases I’ve made all revolving around the beach. I want to note that the very first one is my absolute FAVORITE, but everything helps towards an easy breezy day in their own way.
I literally bought this while I was on the beach watching another family USE IT. I was amazed by it and ran right to Amazon to pick one up. However, my Amazon app had it going for over $100!!! I snagged it brand new on eBay for $68! Grab yours right now. I am so happy with my purchase OMG! The kids can eat their lunch underneath the cabana or build sandcastles whenever they want to take a break from the sun. I mean… even I sneak under there every now and then!
You need to keep reapplying sunscreen on your kids’ faces and they won’t like it. The stick is the least invasive way to do it! Trust me, they won’t argue with you if you have the stick. Just rub while they are eating a piece of fruit and move on. Don’t even mention that you are doing it. It’s a non-issue. Sprays and lotions are always a fight waiting to be had in my family, but I won’t mess around with sun care. Too many sunburns lead to issues no one wants to deal with, right?
Man, don’t even think about going to the beach without a shovel and pail. That is not a joke. And have enough for all your kids and their friends because whoever you are going with is going to forget stuff for their kids. There won’t be enough and there will BE ISSUES. Just do yourself a favor and grab a few more pails for the road.
I used to go to the beach and not really bring too many snacks thinking we could get through the day with just a sandwich. Not anymore. Now, I come with a boat load of supplies. To be honest with you, I have two of these type of mini coolers.
You need things that you can carry on your shoulders so you can have your hands free up to carry other things. I learned this the hard way last week when I was the only one that had to lug a chair 87 miles to the shore with three kids and no husband to help. My other friends all had backpack chairs and I was totally impressed. Bought one for myself as soon as I caught my breath!
You don’t need to BUY anything specific, but remember to bring a bathing suit bag. It could be a Target plastic bag or a garbage bag for that matter. But you just need something to keep the wet away from the dry when you wrap your day up.
Sand and water and tech – no good.
There are few things I hate LESS than when my towel goes awol at the beach. For $8, this problem is solved!
Do you have anything you’d like to add to the list? Would love to know what you always bring to the beach when you head there with the kids.