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What To Bring To The Beach When You Have Kids:12 Insider Tips

By Meghan Gesswein |

We are incredibly lucky to live in a beach community. Our house is about 2 miles from our favorite beach, and, except for days when the cursed marine layer brings cool temps and cloudy skies, we absolutely love where we live.

It gives us the opportunity to head over for an afternoon at the beach whenever the mood strikes, and the mood strikes on a fairly regular basis, even in the winter months. Because we spend so much time at the beach, I’ve been able to learn a few lessons over the years that have made our beach adventures a fun and painless process.

With the arrival of Spring Break and the upcoming, much anticipated, arrival of Summer recess, I think it’s safe to assume that more than a few of you are in the process of planning beach vacations. So after Grandma has been notified, or your hotel or campground reservations are made, you can start planning the fun stuff. Hopefully the tips I’ve put together will help make your beach vacation as relaxing, fun and stress free as possible! Because whether it’s the ocean, a lake, or the side of a river, there’s nothing quite like spending a day by the water.

Check out my tips below and then tell me, where are you planning to vacation this year? What’s your beach must-have?

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Choose The Right Beach Bag For Your Needs

I feel about beach bags the way some women feel about shoes. I love them. Because I think that choosing a beach bag is up to many individual opinions, I'm only going to offer a few pieces of advice. Pick one that's roomy, you're going to have a LOT of stuff to put in it. Try it on and make sure the straps are going to be somewhat comfortable. Chances are good that you're going to end up lugging that thing all over the place, and you don't wan to curse your decision by the middle of the first day.
Now, keep reading for tips about what to keep in your awesome beach bag, and for things that you're going to need to carry around along with your beach bag!
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Meghan Gesswein

Meghan Gesswein is a stay at home mom to three boys. Most of the time. Meghan is extremely active online, and writes for the ever growing mom blog, Meghan GWine. She was a regular contributor to the Parenting channels on Babble.

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3 thoughts on “What To Bring To The Beach When You Have Kids:12 Insider Tips

  1. Grace says:

    Another suggestion I have is to try to learn the beach rules before you get there. Many of the beaches near me have different rules on food, drinks, ball playing, and even flotation devices. No one wants to pack up all their stuff and lug it to the beach only to find it’s not allowed. Also, we like to bring some other small toys like dinosaurs or army men to play with. They love to climb sand castles, and most of the time no one notices if one or two accidentally get left behind.

  2. lam says:

    We live at the beach, and have found beach umbrellas seriously lacking. When we have guests who want to hang out all day at the beach, we use a king size sheet tied to the ends of 4 bamboo rods with hair elastics. Yes, the rods are long, but lighter than an umbrella and much more effective at making ample shade. Also, goggles! Toothpaste makes an excellent defogger.

  3. Janet says:

    Hats and sunglasses are a must too. My daughter is pretty fair skinned and would burn easily, even her scalp. Plus, she doesn’t really wear sunglasses to protect her eyes, but I still bring them just in case. And of course, I wear sunglasses and a hat. Also, since it’s usually fairly windy at a beach (or can be with gusts off the water) get hats with a drawstring so they don’t blow away. They can be pretty hard to find though.

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