Pack These Essentials for Your Next Family Beach Trip

Who doesn't love the beach? Sand, sunshine and cool waves make for a really relaxing day perfect for the family. If you are lucky enough to get a day at the beach you want to be sure you pack everything you need to really enjoy the day with your family and not have to make random trips to go get the basics. If you do not head to the beach on a regular basis you may be wondering what to pack for your next beach trip. The good news is packing for the beach can be a breeze.
Sun Screen
Sun protection needs to be your first focus when packing for the beach. Whether you are sitting by or playing in the water, you are exposed to more sun than normal so sun protection is vital. A quality sunscreen in the highest SPF you can find is the perfect start. Be sure to pack enough that you can reapply about every two hours, more often for people sensitive to the sun. Packing rash guard swimsuits with built in SPF is great for protecting sensitive shoulders and backs. For on the beach, an umbrella is great option to provide shade. Tents are perfect for protecting your baby from the sun while you relax a bit.
Kid Towels
beachEveryone knows to bring towels to the beach, but they don't always remember to bring ones specifically for the kids. When returning from a fun filled day at the beach, the last thing you want is a tired, wet kid tripping over a towel that is too big and falling off of them. We love these Kidorable towels because they are just the right size for little ones and come with a button at the top to keep them from falling off. The soft and absorbent 100% cotton towels are machine washable and come in cute styles that will excite boys and girls alike. They even come in 2 sizes: a smaller size that is suitable for newborns to 2 years old, and a larger size for children 3-6 years old. Want to win a towel from Kidorable? Read to the end of this post to find out how you can enter!
Cooler
Grab one of these great coolers and fill it with food and drinks. While most beaches have several places you can buy food it can be a pain to wait in long lines for an overpriced flavorless hot dog because you forgot to pack food. Even if you choose to not pack food you still want to bring plenty of drinks included bottles of water. We love to freeze refillable water bottles and use them as the ice for our cooler. Then we have plenty of ice cold water to rehydrate from the sun and less mess than dumping a bag of ice into the cooler.
Toys
beach When you go to the beach, take advantage of toys and floats that you aren't allowed to use at the local pool. Pull out the big floats and let the kids enjoy themselves. When packing toys for the beach, grab some cheap sand toys that will help keep little ones busy playing away from the water during a break. They may even entertain older children for quite a while. Other great toy options include water squirters, frisbees, and pool noodles. Stop by your local Dollar Tree for these items so that you aren't out big bucks if the kids lose or break them.
Camera
beachIf you're lucky enough to own a tough camera that is water and sand proof you have the perfect addition to document your family trip. If you don't have one you can get a waterproof case for most higher end cell phones that will allow you to take photos and never forget that big smile on your child's face when they come running with w hermit crab or minnow cupped in their little hands. Some of my favorite family photos are the ones with an amazing ocean backdrop.
Bags
To transport all of your fun stuff and your basics like towels, flip flops, and spare sunglasses grab some reusable shopping bags. Sturdy bags are perfect for the pool or the beach. You can even toss them in the wash and store them in the trunk for your next trip to the grocery store.
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56 thoughts on “Pack These Essentials for Your Next Family Beach Trip

  • May 19, 2017 at 7:50 am
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    Would be great for our upcoming vacation!!

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    • May 20, 2017 at 1:22 am
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      Yes these towels are great. We use ours at the beach and pool

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  • May 19, 2017 at 11:47 pm
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    I pack sunscreen!

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    • May 20, 2017 at 1:20 am
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      Absolutely!

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  • May 20, 2017 at 12:44 am
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    Sunblock, water (lots of water), cooler, towel, beach toys and a chair.

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    • May 20, 2017 at 1:19 am
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      Definitely lots of water is important, don’t want to get dehydrated

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  • May 20, 2017 at 1:04 am
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    Sunscreen, floppy hat, sunglasses, water, beach towel, and chair!

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    • May 20, 2017 at 1:19 am
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      Yes to all of these! Tough to find a good floppy hat I like though

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  • May 20, 2017 at 1:21 am
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    Lots n lots of kid sunblock!

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    • May 20, 2017 at 1:22 am
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      I use the same sunblock as the kids to get the most protection possible!

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  • May 20, 2017 at 1:30 am
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    Backpack, picinic, bathing suit, sunscreen, diet pepsi, sun glasses

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:42 pm
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      Great ideas. Love the Diet Pepsi lol

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  • May 20, 2017 at 1:40 am
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    I pack extra clothes, drinks, snacks and meds on a beach trip.

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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      Extra clothes are a definite must in case the originals get wet

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  • May 20, 2017 at 2:16 am
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    We take water, hats, towels and most of all the sunscreen.

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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      Hats are a big help with keeping the sun off of your face

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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      Absolutely!

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  • May 20, 2017 at 2:49 am
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    sunblock, towels and a change of clothes

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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      Great ideas

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  • May 20, 2017 at 4:43 am
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    Towels, Sunscreen, snacks

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:48 pm
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      Snacks that don’t melt are a must!

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  • May 20, 2017 at 9:41 am
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    Sunscreen, towels, kindle, snacks and water

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm
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      Ooh a kindle is a great idea so you can bring multiple books with you

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  • May 20, 2017 at 1:14 pm
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    What a great win it would be ,summer so hot for the little ones so I could use all of it ,hope to win😁💚💚💚

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:46 pm
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      Summer gets very hot here in Georgia, a trip to the water is a must

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:47 pm
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      Good luck!

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  • May 20, 2017 at 2:39 pm
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    I really dislike the beach. I need to buy a tent for shade if I take my toddler this year.

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:45 pm
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      I don’t like getting too hot or too much sun, so a tent definitely helps

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  • May 20, 2017 at 2:41 pm
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    Those towels look as cute as a button would love to win one Sincerely Mary Harding

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    • May 20, 2017 at 3:45 pm
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      They are really cute! Good luck

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  • May 20, 2017 at 4:39 pm
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    Sunscreen,water,lots-of-fruits,towels,

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:38 pm
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      Fruit is a great idea, good refreshing snack

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  • May 20, 2017 at 4:59 pm
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    Umbrella for shade!

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:39 pm
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      Oh yes, an umbrella or cabana is awesome

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  • May 20, 2017 at 5:37 pm
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    towels, sunscreen, snacks, drinks and umbrella

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm
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      Great list

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  • May 20, 2017 at 6:26 pm
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    the main thing is sunscreen, but we pack snacks, change of clothes, first aid kit , and water and towels for sure!

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:43 pm
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      A first aid kit is important but not everyone thinks of it

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  • May 20, 2017 at 7:33 pm
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    I take sunscreen that has bug repellent

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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      Great idea, 2 for 1

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:41 pm
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      I prefer a chair to a towel for sure

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  • May 20, 2017 at 10:59 pm
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    We back everything and make a day of it

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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      Good idea

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  • May 21, 2017 at 12:32 am
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    We always pack plenty of sunscreen, along with water & snacks (that won’t melt in the heat). Always a couple good books & a blanket/beach chairs. And hats, sunglasses, water toys/boogie boards.

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:42 pm
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      Good books for parents are great because kids tend to want to stay longer than I do

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  • May 21, 2017 at 12:03 pm
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    Sunblock, water, snacks and toys for the kids

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:41 pm
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      Yes I agree with those

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:41 pm
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      Absolutely

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  • May 22, 2017 at 2:05 pm
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    Trips to the beach I love to pack lunch in a picnic basket! Kids love it! But trips to the beach aren’t complete without sunscreen or a beach towel!!

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:40 pm
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      A beach picnic sounds like a fun idea

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  • May 22, 2017 at 7:02 pm
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    Everything! Towels, bathing suits, toys, sunscreen, etc.

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    • May 22, 2017 at 9:39 pm
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      I tend to overpack because I never know what we will need but not have

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