How to Pack for a Family-Friendly Beach Excursion

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How to Pack for a Family-Friendly Beach Excursion

Imagine you and your family chilling by the beach in a comfy chair with the sunset to your left and the beach towel to your right. Being in nature, especially where you feel safe, can help lower your blood pressure and stress hormone levels. Similarly, spending time at the beach can reduce anxiety and nervous system arousal, which causes stress and anxiety. It improves your mood and makes you more in line with yourself and your kids, maturing the bond while creating an environment that helps you to have fun.

Pack Light

A trip to the beach should be cathartic, and children should not be concerned with carrying loads and loads of stuff if their parents have over planned. Lightening your load reduces stress and allows you to get out the door faster. This is especially true for her six-person family. Because no one wants to carry a million toys around with them. We recommend packing only what you need (you’ll be surprised how little you really need) and loading it up the night before. It is possible to avoid negative attitudes and feelings of frustration and overwhelm.


Sunscreen is the most essential item for a fun day at the beach. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh rays and burns is necessary, whatever the weather. It’s a common misconception that you can’t tan on cloudy or overcast days. In fact, up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays reach us, which means we’re more likely to get sunburned these days. It is strongly advised to use reef-safe sunscreen when swimming in the ocean to protect children and the environment. We have compiled a great list of the best reef-safe sunscreens for kids.

A beach towel is another essential when it comes to packing for the beach with kids running all over the place, they need to relax after a while, and the best place for that is their own beach towel, so be sure to pack small kid-size towels for the little buggers to have their fun and their sun time.

Foldable beach chairs are a proper necessity when it comes to trips to the beach; a beach chair is a lifesaver and is such an important thing that your entire beach experience will rely on you relaxing in the beach chair with your family and friends enjoying a book or two whilst listening to the calming music of the 90s or whatever your preferred indulgence is.

Every beach attracts families during the day, which means you’ll find crowds upon crowds on the beach during the day – sunset is our favorite time of day at the beach. I’d like to go a few hours before sunset to watch the kids on boogie boards and the sunset in the evening. It also means avoiding crowds and the hottest times of the day.


Young kids are like small fish who spend most of their time in the water. To keep them entertained and engaged, you don’t need a lot of toys. However, when the sun goes down, they permanently settle in the sand and begin building sandcastles. The popular pastime among families has always been watching the sunset while the kids build sandcastles. It’s a memory of how vital sand/beach toys are to the happiness of such young lives. Fortunately, they’re typically inexpensive and lightweight, so they won’t weigh you down when packed. Bring your shovel and sandcastle-making supplies. Shapers are entertaining, but kids can accomplish much with shovels and pails.

Boogie boards are popular among children. You can spend hours swimming or riding waves on your surfboard. We strongly recommend purchasing if your child is 3 years old or older, adventurous, and enjoys the water. You’ll be out there for hours riding waves! They are available in any store and are most commonly found in seaside towns. This excellent post covers everything you need to know to get started boogie boarding with your kids. Remember to bring your frisbee or ball to throw. Bring a mesh laundry bag with you to store your beach toys. This will assist you in washing them off and reducing the amount of sand.

Packing for safety

When traveling with a baby, remember that you will need to pack more: diapers, wipes, bottles, clothes, toys, and other necessities. You may not be able to drastically reduce your baby’s requirements, but you can significantly reduce what you need to bring for yourself and your older child. Use the list below to figure out what to get for your family beach vacation so you remember everything and don’t overpack.

Accidents happen, so bring a small first-aid kit with bandages, Neosporin, and alcohol swabs. Keep baby wipes on hand if sand or sunscreen gets into someone’s eyes or face. Good. They make it much easier to wipe down. This is precisely what your child’s first aid kit should contain. Don’t forget to bring extra tissues in case of any small inconvenience where tissues might prove to be extra useful.

Purchase a life jacket for your beach vacation to keep your children safe. Children’s life jackets are typically lightweight and easily packable. Puddle jumpers (for younger children) and children’s life jackets are available. Life jackets are an investment that can save lives.

Remember to pack a whistle to get your kids in line when it’s time to come back or even to gather for some delicious lunch.


Your children will enjoy eating whatever they want at the airport or when they arrive at the resort before going out to dinner. It may take some time for them to become accustomed to treats in their new environment. However, eating a few packs of home-bought treats can give everyone a sense of familiarity and peace of mind. Crackers, granola, nuts, chips, and dried fruit are all simple options. Keep your children hydrated while traveling, even using bottled water.

Beach tents are popular for families with small children vacationing at the beach. It has many applications, from preventing sunburn to providing privacy for breastfeeding mothers. Ideal for providing a shaded and comfortable area for your toddler.

Bring more than you believe you will require. Instead of lying on the sand, I use a small towel to dry myself. A quick-dry towel is ideal.

Packing plenty of water and snacks is essential when families intend to stay at the beach the entire day; bring enough bottled water for your kids to stay hydrated. I like to pack individual snacks and lunches. Grapes are great because they can be frozen and served on ice. Avoid sugary drinks in hot weather because they dehydrate your body. Water (and possibly Gatorade) is your best bet. Freeze the water bottle and place it in the cooler to keep the rest of the food cold, then drink it until it melts. Remember to bring a large blanket for everyone to sleep on. We have yet to look into pop-up tents, but we prefer them for extra sun protection if you’re at the beach during peak sun hours or have young children who need a break from the sun and munch on delish foodies that were prepared before coming to the beach.

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