There’s nothing better than a day in the sun, sand, the best of company (family, of course) and the best packed child-friendly beach bag (and car).. Packing the essentials can be tricky but to help you out, here’s what every family needs to pack for the beach (and car trip) to make the day (or trip) perfect.
DUH! Even if it weren’t the beach, sunscreen is an essential product everyone needs to practice daily application. Be sure to apply a braod sprectrum of 15 SPF or higher. It would be best to apply your sunscreen at least 15-30 minutes before exposure to the sun and reapply every 2 hours and after getting out of the water.
OK.. Of course towels.. But… Unless you’re staying in a hotel and they are provided, towels are always needed for your day trips to the beach. For littles, in the market, there are plenty of cute wearable towels which can be slipped over their heads and will NEVER slip off. LOVE EM!!
3. Sand Toys
As typical as it can get but it’s what every child just loves to play with. buckets, spades and watering cans.. Why not add a few things like cake topper flags for the final product or even collect some seashells to decorate those cute little sand castles.
you can be simple with the snack or you can go full on BBQ picnic style. But if it’s simple that you want, nothing beats the sandwiches, biscuits and chopped fruits. Easy fruits like grapes (seedless of course), apples and bananas are great but if you have planned this trip for a while, you could prep up some melon, papaya and maybe some mango just as an example of messy fruits which needs cutting up.
5. Beach Mat
having sand on your hands and feet is great but when it’s time for a snack, you don’t really wanna be eating it as well.. the crush is so unbearable, seriously!
6. Tent or Beach Umbrella
Umbrella’s seem to be too much baggage for me to carry with my girls so I opt on bringing a tent with us which is light enough for even the littles to help out.. Depending on how many of you there are, there is a wide range of tents out there for a party of 2 all the way up to a party of 8 (yes, they exist and are so cool!). If you bring a small tent, you’d probably not be in it much because your stuff would overtake the whole tent. But it’s a great space for your littles to take a nap if needed.
Be it a hand fan or a small electric fan, the beach can get HOT to a point of URGH! Having a fan is always good to cool down the littles in between making sand castles and splashing in the water.
7. Whistle (for each child)
For safety reasons of course! sometimes our littles like to wonder off. Explain to them, when you blow your whistle if you can’t find them, they need to blow their whistle when they hear yours. That way you know if they’re just near by or far away. Just make sure you give them the whistles AT the beach and not IN the car!!
8. Baby Powder
OK.. Initially, i didn’t really believe this but when we went to Perhentian recently, I figured I’d give it a try and OMG!! The best idea EVER!! I would have a small tube of powder ready at the porch before getting into our room and would slap some on the girls before entering and in seriously does work. Every bit of sand just falls off. I swear by the use of baby powder to avoid sand everywhere!!
9. First Aid Kit
We always need to be safe than sorry. Doesn’t have to be a full on kit either. Most times, I have a small ziploc filled with little things in my bag.. Plasters, tiger balm, pawpaw ointment, magic oil (a family product of generations) and hand sanitiser.. simple as that! 🙂
10. Sun Hats
Hats are always great to keep the sun out of your childrens faces and to avoid monster burning too after all the sun screen has been rinsed off after a swim. Also avoids pre-mature wrinkles too since your little won’t have to squint so much because of the sun! :p
11. Diving Slate
Children just love drawing and drawing on paper on the beach is pretty much impossible. Why not try using a diving slate. I suggest this as I’m a diver myself and I have one at hand and found very useful for the girls. They simply love it! You could also try making one yourself, just try googling it.