There is still a month of summer left for us. But I must admit it is hard to believe it is the end of July already. Especially since this week we had temps in the low 80’s I am not complaining but that is unseasonably cool. Are you headed to the Beach or Pool this summer? Here are some beach bag essentials for your next trip to the coast. Most of these beach bag essentials work for the lazy days by the pool too!
Beach Bag- A nice big bag with lots of pockets and ideally waterproof will meet most of your needs for your family. Since my kids have gotten older, I have gotten them each their own personalized bag so they are now responsible for their own stuff!!
Lip balm: Lip protection is important to keep lips from getting chapped by the breeze or burned by the sun.
Water shoes or flip-flops: Choose shoes that can get wet and rinse off easily. If you are heading to a public pool that has rough cement, fresh water swimming with a rocky bottom or ocean it would be safer to opt for water shoes with rubber soles with a mesh covering to protect feet and toes. Shoes also help protect delicate feet from hot sand and asphalt, which can cause severe burns.
Water bottle: Even though your family is spending the day at the beach, it is very important that you rehydrate throughout the day and having water handy will encourage your kids to replenish their fluids. Avoid alcoholic beverages, caffeine, soda, and other carbonated drinks, which are dehydrating.
Sand Toys or Ball–Depending if you have kids with you they will want to be entertained so throw some beach toys or a ball for them to play around with.
Hat: Whether you choose a floppy straw hat or a baseball cap, be sure to include hats for every member of your family in your beach bag. Remember that ears get sunburned too so choosing a wide-brimmed hat is extremely useful for keeping the sun off ears, face and head.
Hair ties for the girls— Even if you have one one before you head out, someone inevitablely will lose it in the surf.
Cell Phone- be sure and pack it in a plastic bag to keep it from getting sand and water damage. No need for a nice camera if your phone has one. Just one more thing to get ruined.
Eye protection: Sunglasses help shield the eyes from the harmful effects of the sun and also keep you from squinting, which can contribute to premature wrinkling. Be sure to choose sunglasses that have good UV protection.
Sunscreen to protect your family’s precious skin for the sun. We like to have lotion for our bodies and sticks for the face.
Babypowder it seems to works great to take excess sand of your body before heading home.
Beach time means relaxation be sure and pack the easy to fold Swimways Spring Float Papasan – They come in a compact carrying case and they fold right back in. Doesn’t this girl look like she is having a blast. Price ranging under $10, not only are they inexpensive and you don’t have to worry about inflating anything, it is instant relaxation. Right now you can get 15% off on all Swimways floats on the Swimways website thru July 31st.
These are the prefect size for my kids as well as for myself to enjoy some relaxation at the beach. Our pool does not allow for floaties so this will be a beach only toy. For more color options and to watch a video on how easy they are to fold back up into your beach bag check out all the Swimways Products available.