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Ever been to the beach with your kids and realized you left something important back at the house? We have been the family that left diapers behind. Can you believe that? We had six toy shovels but not one diaper. I put together this beach packing list for kids so that it would never happen again!
Going to the beach can be stressful when you're worried about heat, water safety, food, and honestly just making sure everything fits in the car. The last thing you want to think about is whether or not you're missing something. Just go through this easy list and you'll never arrive at the beach without your essentials again.
Do you have enough spare hands to put up an umbrella or tent? If your child naps while you're at the beach (lucky you!) you'll want to make sure they stay in the shade with something like this.
Never underestimate the importance of sun protection! My kid's a wiggler so we like to use a squeeze bottle this one from Coppertone.
3. Full Coverage Bathing Suits
Baby and toddler skin is especially sensitive to the sun. I know it's hard to resist those adorable tiny bathing suits but for the sake of avoiding sunburns, try to provide bathing suits with plenty of coverage. Osh Kosh B'gosh has some really cute designs.
Are you going to be enjoying the beach for hours at a time? Be sure to bring a comfortable hat and/or kid-size sunglasses.
5. Swim Diapers
Swim diapers are a lifesaver when your kid wants to play in the water but don't count on them as regular diapers. It can turn into a huge *ahem* mess. Your child may need to change into a regular diaper for a short period, then want to head back into the water. Tip: Pack double what you think you would use and then an extra one just in case.
6. Baby Powder
You know the baby powder trick right? Just pour a little on your child's arms and legs and the sand will rub right off. Just make sure you don't over-powder them as inhaling very much isn't good for their lungs.
7. Cooler Full of H2O
This one is obvious but I'm still going to mention it. Bring tons of water in a cooler and then some. Keep your child hydrated!
I'm a sucker for the kiddie versions so if you can find a mini pirate version like this, then you're totally rocking it in my book.
9. First Aid Kit
Because you can never be too prepared! We have this one.
10. Medication/Essential Oils
Don't forget the aloe vera or any other sunburn treatments you might like, as well as your child's prescriptions if they're taking anything. My son is allergic to peanuts so we are sure to list his EpiPen so it's not forgotten.
11. Safety Gear
Life jackets, floaties, and any other safety devices that will give you peace of mind should be packed.
12. Regular Outfits
Your child may eventually tire of the sand and the water and just need a fresh change of clothes and a good nap. We basically camp out at the beach all day long so I bring at least 2 spare outfits like this for my little man.
13. Beach Shoes/Flip Flops
When my son started walking he wanted to run all over the beach but his little feet couldn't handle the warm sand. We bought him beach shoes like these and now he's free to roam, which is stressful and wonderful all at the same time.
I know this seems like a ridiculous item but every.single.time. we go to Galveston I get stung by a jellyfish. If you or your little one get stung just pour some vinegar over it and the sting will slowly go away. Trust me, it works every time.
So you brought the swim diapers but what about the regular ones? We forgot to pack ours on one trip and the swim diaper leaked all over the car seat on the way home. Fortunately, we had access to a washer and dryer, but what if we hadn't? Be prepared, friends!
16. Beach Mat/Chairs
Don't forget that the sand gets hot so be sure to bring a beach mat or adorable kid chairs like this one by Melissa & Doug.
I know the summer is essentially over and a lot of schools are already in session. For a lot of you, that means you won't be going to the beach anytime soon. But if you're lucky enough to live close by then you might be able to make a few weekend trips throughout the school year.
Having an easy list to follow like this one will give you peace of mind so you can relax (as much as a parent with a young child can) and enjoy the ocean. Have fun!
What do you bring to the beach for your kids?