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Plan the Ultimate Beach Day

Is this your first time bringing your little one to the beach? Or maybe youโ€™ve taken your children several times but you mostly remember them crying and complaining? There are a number of different things that you can do to make their beach experience a more memorable and enjoyable one, while, you wonโ€™t be left feeling so stressed out. Here are 12 tips for a fantastic beach day with your family.

  1. Create a Beach Check-list
    Having a beach list of everything you need and checking it before you visit will make things easier. These are several of the items that you should consider bringing along with you:
    โ— Multiple sunscreens (SPF 30 or higher)
    โ— Talc-free baby powder (helps remove sand from your childrenโ€™s feet)
    โ— Sunglasses, beach hats, coverups
    โ— Enough towels for everyone
    โ— Water bottles
    โ— Snacks
    โ— Zip Top bags (for storing small beach items and wet swimsuits)
    โ— Baby wipes or antibacterial wipes
    โ— Small first-aid kit
  2. Choose a Beach that has Extras
    Going to a beach that has multiple types of entertainment and recreational activities will take your beach experience to a whole new level. Some of the better beaches will have activities such as boat rides, bike and water sport rentals, nearby hiking trails, as well as tiny shops and beach restaurants. And if youโ€™re visiting at the right time, there may be live entertainment and music somewhere right on the beach.
  3. Use the Ice Cream Shop or Treats as an Incentive
    Hopefully, the beach that you choose has an ice cream shop or concessions nearby. You have something you can reward them with for good behavior throughout the day.
  4. Go There Early Or Later
    When you have younger children, the best times of the day to head to the beach are earlier in the morning or late afternoon. That way you arenโ€™t taking them during nap time when theyโ€™re usually the crankiest. These are also good times because itโ€™s not so hot and the UV rays arenโ€™t nearly as intense.
  5. Lather on the Sunscreen Before You Arrive
    If your children are like most other kids, they probably canโ€™t wait to get into the water once
    setting a foot on the beach. But thatโ€™s usually when a lot of parents put sunscreen on
    their children and allow them to immediately head out into the water.
    The truth is, it takes about 15 minutes for their skin to soak in the sunscreen and for it to
    work properly. To prevent them from standing around, apply good childrenโ€™s sunscreen on
    them before you even start heading to the beach.
  6. Set a Timer
    When it comes to your childrenโ€™s skin, donโ€™t make the mistake of going cheap on sunscreen. Youโ€™ll need to put sunscreen on your kiddos every other hour to keep them from getting sunburnt. So you donโ€™t forget, you can set a timer on your phone as a reminder.
  7. Bring Lots of Shade
    While you may not have used an umbrella or worried so much about the sun before you had
    kids, now itโ€™s something that you must think about. Get your family a large umbrella to provide
    shade from the sun. Bringing along a beach tent is another good idea if you have one and
    encourage your kids to wear a hat.
  8. Use a Mesh Beach Bag
    Instead of bringing a beach bag that quickly fills with sand, how about using one thatโ€™s more
    sand-friendly? A mesh bag will make it easier for you to find your stuff and most of the sand will
    slip right out.
  9. Avoid Bringing Every Beach Toy You Own
    You donโ€™t want to torture yourself by having your children bring every beach toy that you own.
    Why? Because you can bet that youโ€™ll be the one carrying everything by the time youโ€™re headed
    back to the car. Make it easier on yourself and bring only one or two beach toy items per child.
  10. Pack Enough Bottled Water and Juice Boxes
    Make sure that you bring plenty of water and juice with you for the day, and also keep reminding
    your children to stay hydrated every half hour or so. If you have an extra cooler, itโ€™s a great idea
    to leave one filled with bottled water in the car, that way you have something to drink on the way
    home.
  11. Donโ€™t Forget the Snacks
    Make a beach experience that much sweeter by packing along some of your childrenโ€™s favorite
    snacks. But donโ€™t forget to bring snacks that you enjoy as well! Sweet or salty snacks are a
    no-brainer, but bring a few healthy and delicious snacks along as well.
  12. Consider Having a Picnic on the Beach
    When youโ€™re planning on staying at the beach for a better chunk of the day, youโ€™ll want to pack a
    picnic to enjoy! Cut up your sandwiches into smaller portions before putting them into little
    baggies. That way if your kids get sand on it, they don’t waste a whole sandwich. Containers
    with individual apartments for the other foods you bring are a good idea as well.

These are 12 tips to help you and your kids have a better beach visit, whether it’s your first time or a return trip. Can you think of any other ways to make life easier for parents or kids during a beach vacation? Let us know!

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