What To Bring To the Beach

When the sun is shining, and the temperatures rise, many families visit the shore. What is not to enjoy, right? Well, in case you don’t plan. Accordingly, a day at the beach can become a nightmare. When seeing your favorite beach destination, you need to be prepared for a successful outing. Our shore loving Traveling Mothers have you covered with our list of over 50 things to pack for a day at the shore.

You might think I am a little crazy to suggest that you need 50 things for a perfect day at the shore. Well, of course not, but when you are going to the beach with kids, you may no longer just pop on flip-flops, grab a beach towel and some sunscreen and proceed. A beach trip with kids is a totally different circumstance.

1. Sunscreen, sunscreen, sunscreen

Since skin cancer is on the rise, we all know to come home with seashells, not sunburns! Kids’ skin is delicate and should be protected no matter complexion. I had to have skin cancer removed from my face, so I learned the hard way that sunscreen ought to be priority #1! Do not forget lip balm with SPF too. A few of our favorite sunscreens for Children are:

· Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids

· Thinksport Kid’s Safe Sunscreen SPF 50+

2. First aid kit

Besides sunscreen, it is very good to be prepared for other tiny ailments and injuries. You need to always keep a kit in your car and take a little one as soon as you travel. Bear in mind that most first aid kits need to be in checked bags should they contain sharp things like scissors. Once, my son fell on a piece of glass, and we had been so lucky to have our kit to wrap him up till we could get into the emergency area.

3. Bug spray

Most beaches have germs. Sand fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks.

4. Beach Towels

Bring more than you think you are going to want. We like to have a small towel only for drying off rather than laying in the sand. A quick-dry towel works nicely.

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5. Snacks

Kids run across a ton so that they work up an appetite. Bite-size snacks in Ziploc bags work well.

TravelingMom Tip: If you decide to pack sandwiches, then cut them into quarters. This way if a single bit falls, there is still a lot left. 

6. Water Bottles

Save money and keep the children away from sugary snack bar drinks by bringing your own water bottles.

7. Daypack or beach bag

You’ll need something to carry it all. Lightweight daypacks work well. We love to have at least with a built-in cooler area to keep fruit fresh and drinks cold.

TravelingMom Suggestion: Have a look at this listing of this prettiest beach luggage we have found! 

Ziploc Bags

These are so easy to package and solve a lot of beach day struggles. Keep dry clothes dry and wet/sandy clothes from everything else at the end of the day. They’re useful or stocking swim diapers, snacks, sunscreen and much more.

Clothes for your Beach

Things to wear to the beach may seem like a no-brainer, but having a checklist always comes in handy. We recommend these 10 key products.

1. Swimsuits

2. Rashguards

3. Cover-ups

4. Flip flops/sandals

5. A change of clothes (more than 1 for babies)

6. Water Shoes

7. Sunglasses — ranked for complete UVA/UVB protection

8. Sunhats

9. Swim diapers


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TravelingMom Suggestions:

There is nothing worse than an injured or sunburned foot. Water shoes protect feet from sharp stones and seashells and provide added traction for walking on slick stones and moss. Our TravelingMoms enjoy these:

· JIASUQI Baby Boys/Girls Barefoot Swim Shoes

· Putu Unisex Aqua Sport

Sunhats are crucial, especially to protect infants’ fair skin. Hats with chin straps help them remain on. Here are a few we like for your kids:

· I play Baby Flap Sun Protection Hat

· Sunday Afternoon’s Kids Play Hat

Personal items

While this is a list of what lots of men and women bring to the beach, I believe many electronic types of equipment (except perhaps a cell phone) ought to be left at home. There’s no need to worry about electronics that could get sandy, broken or even stolen.

1. Hand wipes

2. Hand sanitizer

3. Feminine products

4. Cell phone

5. Books/Magazines — the paper kind that can get sandy, lost or pitched at the end of the day.


7. Extra set of keys have two people carry keys in case a group gets lost

8. Reading eyeglasses or prescription sunglasses

9. Wallet — or essentials such as license, credit card, charge card and cash in a Ziploc bag.

10. Medicines — epi-pens, inhalers, etc..

11. Hairbrush and hair ties

12. MP3/Music player

Comfort Items

When you desire a “luxurious” day at the beach, these are the additional comfort items you’ll want to attract (determined by what can fit in your vehicle, of course).

1. Beach chairs

2. Beach blanket

3. Shade Tent

4. Cooler/Insulated bag

5. Beach Umbrella

6. Folding snack table

7. Collapsible utility wagon — these would be the best way to find all of your things to the beach from your car without breaking the bank.

Experienced beachgoer and TravelingMom Kathy Penney enjoys this shore tent. It has even got displays to keep away the bugs.

Not all shore blankets are made equal. We recommend those called”sand proof.” These blankets easily shake off the sand and typically arrive with tent stakes and/or corner pockets so you can weigh them down. Nothing worse than a beach blanket that blows away.


1. Goggles

2. Snorkels and masks

3. Swim fins


5. Coast Guard-approved life jackets for little ones who can not swim

6. Waterproof camera

7. Waterproof phone case

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