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Family Beach Essentials

Almost everyone has arrived for a day at the beach, only to discover they need something they didn’t pack or they’ve included a lot of unnecessary items. Parents are charged with remembering everything from sunscreen to toys, but they don’t have to be pack animals. With a few simple adjustments, parents can remember all the essentials, lighten their load, and have a relaxing day of sun and sand with the children.

A waterproof carryall bag should be the first thing on a beach-goer’s bucket list for every member of the family, even children. If a child wants to take sand toys to the beach, they need to carry it themselves in their own tote bag.

Sunscreen is an absolutely critical item for the beach. Be sure to have enough to apply multiple times and that it has a high SPF rating. Sunscreen will need to be reapplied frequently.

Make sure everyone has a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses that block UVB and UVA rays that damage skin. To save money and keep everyone fed and hydrated, a rolling suitcase-style insulated cooler is a must-have.

No one wants to lounge on the beach unprotected from the heat radiating from the sand. A single large beach blanket will do the trick and they’re available in materials that won’t trap sand and makes cleaning a breeze. It’s also a good idea to have a compact beach towel in which to wrap a child that’s cold from being in the water. Parents may prefer a beach chair for lounging and they’re offered in lightweight models with convenient carry straps.

Umbrellas provide shade for adults and children, but they can be limited in scope and difficult to keep anchored in the sand. For younger children, a small, popup tent can be helpful for shielding youngsters from the sun.

It’s also a good idea to invest in a waterproof and sand proof bag for phones. It will ensure the devices are safe and are always ready if needed. A day at the beach is fun for everyone and it will be more enjoyable when families take the essentials and pare down the unnecessary items they take.

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