It’s official,you have made the announcement that it is time to travel and everyone has gone scampering for their luggage. If you crew is anything like anyone else’s family, there is always one unhappy person in the bunch about the choice destination whether it is because he got stung by a jellyfish last time you visited there or because someone lost their earphones at that vacation resort. While there is nothing you can do about the sour grape in the group, except move on, and keep positive because you know their attitude will change for the better before you take off, you can pack up perfectly for that trip to the beach so that time on the trip is smooth sailing. As seasoned beach-goers we have a packing list and I follow it each year to make life easier. Many people say don’t worry if you forget something there is always a store around, I prefer preparedness over errand running on vacation. From sunscreen to flip flops let’s take a quick look at what to toss in the bags for your perfect beach getaway.
My kids know the first thing I need is our ‘beach’ laundry basket. I like a laundry basket that has soft sides, and totes and in fact we have one specifically dedicated to our beach vacations. This basket if packed with what the kids love to take back and forth to the beach as well as a few other needed supplies.
Inside our beach basket you will find: an inflatable ball, badminton set, 3 shovels, 2 buckets, 5 pairs of flip flops, a plastic jar with lid, a few pairs of goggles, a frisbee,bubbles, and a football. This is the fun kit we carry back and forth to the beach and trust me, when the wave jumping interest loses its fanfare, the football throwing begins as do the badminton tournaments and sandcastle building. It is inevitable that while the beach is a blast, it does get boring to kids, but with a good kit that travels with you to the beach and a little muscle power you are sure to survive the whining.
You might be asking what is in the plastic jar and what is it’s purpose? This is the seashell jar. Every year we traverse to the beach and every year we pick more shells, I have crates filled with them. Every year I bring the shells home, clean them(to get that smell out of them) and load up our shell jars with our new finds. The jar limits the amount we can scoop up and bring home, making us a bit more selective than the average shell collector.
I also throw the above items into my bag: a mini bungee key cor, a clip, underwater camera, Amex Gift Card, and sunscreen. The Amex Gift Card is great, because if for some reason it gets stolen, you are not worrying about the credit or the credit limit, enough said. The clip has come in handy for clipping bags shut, holding a flip flop set to the blanket(windy days, and the boogies wipes are great after ocean plunging and the need to wipe the nose. The underwater camera has its own perfect uses and I elaborate on this much more in a different post.
Let’s get the other beach stuff that makes us comfy while we are on the sand. I am a huge proponent of comfort and I can handle only so much ground, so sometimes we tote inflatable mattresses and place our towels on them, and other times we just bring the beach mats, it just depends who grabs what that morning. Maybe because I am a bit OCD, we also bring additional towels for drying because somehow the sand just grasps hold of those towels and makes it unbearable against tanned skin.
Speaking of tanned skin, as for other items that are a must have at the beach: sunscreen lotion, with an SPF Of at least 50(this is all a personal choice), a few bottles of frozen water, a small lunch cooler, a beach umbrella and our portable speakers. We place the sunscreen lotion in the cooler with the water where it stays cool and we also keep the nose and face stick in the little cooler as well. As the sun warms the bag, the water defrosts allowing us to quench our thirst, the bag is cool and the sunscreen is kept at a decent temperature.
We also always back an underwater camera that the kids love using. The kids produce their own video of their trip and the water and sand don’t hurt the camera, I will share more on this in another article as we have the perfect camera for this.
Packing up for the beach must be done ahead, and once you do it one time, if you keep everything together, you won’t have to repeat the process, as we literally keep the laundry basket packed and ready to go from year to year. Have fun at the beach this year!