We love a day out at the beach. Life can’t get much better than when you can feel the sand between your toes and listen to the lapping of the waves on the shore line. Add to that plenty of free fun making castles and exploring rock pools and you have the makings of a perfect family adventure. However, it can be a bit of a pain if you get to the sand and realise you’ve forgotten something essential. If this has ever happened to you then you are in luck. Here’s our beach bag packing list so you need never leave home without your seaside essentials again:
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What to take to the beach
Phone and portable battery charger
You never know when you’ll need your phone in an emergency. And while you’re not caught up in BayWatch-style incident you can use your phone to make plentiful blogging notes without the fear of it dying.
Small first aid kit
This is essential for dealing with any scratches picked up while rock pooling.
Set up a parenting rota to cover sand castle duties and make the most of your alloted down time with a good book
Bucket and spade
It would be a mummy/daddy fail to leave home without these.
If by chance interest in sand castle building wanes then have beach football on standby.
Sandcastle windmills or flags
Who doesn’t want to blinging up your construction? Just make sure you pick them up at the end of your day.
There will be trouble if you forgot these. Even if we are just going for a walk the kids always want a peddle at the beach. And don’t forget a towel for your four-legged friend!
Change of clothes
Don’t get caught without some dry clothes, especially if you decided to travel to the beach in your bikini.
Make sure you’ve got appropriate factors for kids and parents. We use sensitive skin sun creams for Baby who has eczema prone skin.
I love our handy pop up tent as it protects us from the wind and sun. You can pick these up really easy from super markets and outdoor shops in the summer, but they are available all year round on Amazon:
These probably don’t matter too much but if there is an accident of the ‘two’ variety and extra layer means it doesn’t go all over swimsuits.
Essential for protecting delicate heads and your own. I have a great wide-brimmed sun hat than comes out each summer.
We always over pack our picnic with goodies, but I think that’s OK considering how many calories must be burnt off in the water and running around the beach. I’m a sucker for a pretty bag and adore out insulated picnic bag which squishes down when we’ve emptied it of treats.
We bring our own drinks as part of our picnic but its so important not to forget a bottle of water for Tin Box Dog.
We have forgotten this before and TBD has had to resort to drinking out of a bucket. She’s not been too bothered!
You can use this a a carpet in your tent to stop the canvas floor sticking to your bum. We favour a blanket with a waterproof back to stop dampness in the sand soaking through.
This goes everywhere with us at the moment and is particularly useful at the beach as what toddler wants to be pulled away from building a sand castle to walk to the loo block half a mile away? I haven’t met one yet!
What’s in your beach bag? Let me know. And if you think you’ll need my beach bag packing list then you can pin it for later.
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I'm a late-30s mummy with a passion for travel and writing. Tin Box Traveller is my way of sharing my family's adventures and maybe inspire others to explore with us along the way. I live in Devon in the UK with my two young daughters, Royal Navy husband and our labrador retriever.