Are you heading to the beach this summer? Here are my top beach essentials for a stress free beach day!
I’ve talked about this many times before, but when we moved to California five years ago, I literally had no idea how to be a beach mom. But happily I quickly met lots of friends at church who were all expert beach moms, and I learned quickly.
Now, after five years of being a beach mom, I’m sharing my top beach bag essentials.
You might think I’m crazy, but this is legit. You know when your kids come out of the ocean and they’re sticky and sandy and the sand is chafing their skin horribly? Sprinkle them with BABY POWDER. It soaks up all the moisture, and the dry sand just brushes off. It works like a charm, I’m serious. I buy the BIG CONTAINERS of it because it’s better to be heavy handed with the powder…no light sprinklings here.
Also my friend bought one of these SAND BRUSHES and says the combo of the brush and baby powder is AMAZING. Sprinkle on the powder, brush off with the brush, and you’re dry and non-sandy in less than a minute!!
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This is a given, but I wanted to share some favorites.
We also love the LA ROCHE POSAY SUNSCREEN LOTION for their faces and ears, so you don’t have to spray in their face.
This NEUTROGENA STICK SUNSCREEN is also great for underneath their eyes and on their noses where they’re super prone to getting burned!
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3. Lots of snacks.
It doesn’t matter what time we go down to the beach, we’re all suddenly starving when we arrive. Without fail. So I have to pack a big sack lunch and a lot of snacks.
We have a little INSULATED LUNCH SACK that is small enough to toss inside the beach bag, but big enough to carry a good amount of food, and we usually put any produce and cheese in there.
Here are some of our go-to snacks that are easy to pack up for the beach:
IN THE INSULATED SACK:
- container of hummus
- string cheese
INSIDE THE BEACH BAG:
- peanut butter and honey sandwiches
- veggie straws
- can of pringles
- fruit snacks
- fishy crackers
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4. One big community towel, and another towel for each person
Basically you can never have enough towels at the beach. I love a big ROUNDIE TOWEL for our community towel, and then we get the big plush colorful ones from Costco (they sell them for very cheap this time of year).
The big round towel stays mostly dry because it’s just used for lunch or laying in the sun, and then everyone has a big cozy towel to wrap in when they’re ready to warm up.
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A BACKPACK BEACH CHAIR is my favorite thing we’ve ever purchased for the beach. When I go by myself to the beach with all three kids, I toss our beach toys and towels in the chair’s back pocket, and then carry it on my back. It gives me free hands to hold the boy’s hands as we cross the street, or chase after them more easily.
We purchased two of them so Philip and I each have one, and we always bring both when we go to the beach as a family.
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If you’re heading to the beach this summer, don’t miss these other posts!
- 15 super cute one piece swimsuits
- My favorite self tanner and how to apply it
- An easy beach coverup you can DIY