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What to take to the beach: packing list for seaside days with kids

What to take to the beach: packing list for seaside days with kids

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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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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.

We have Anker power banks* but there’s lots of others available*.

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 read on your Kindle*.

Bucket and spade

It would be a mummy/daddy fail to leave home without these.
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Beach ball

If by chance interest in sand castle building wanes then have beach football on standby.

Sandcastle windmills or flags

Who doesn’t want to bling 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.

Sun cream

Make sure you’ve got appropriate factors for kids and parents. We use sensitive skin sun creams for Baby who has eczema prone skin.
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UV tent

I love our handy pop up tent as it protects us from the wind and sun. You can pick these up really easy from supermarkets and outdoor shops in the summer, but they are available all year round on Amazon:

Swim nappies

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.

Sun hats

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.

Dog bowl

We have forgotten this before and TBD has had to resort to drinking out of a bucket. She’s not been too bothered!

Picnic blanket

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.

Travel potty 

This went everywhere with us while the girls were small. It was 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!
This one was really portable:


Now our kids are a bit older we bring body boards and paddle boards for then to play with in the water – hours of fun!

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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.
Hate turning up at the seaside with half the things you actually need? Take a look at out beach bag packing list for families #beach #accessories #beachbag #packinglist #seaside #familyday #whattopack #sea #coast
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Tuesday 8th of September 2015

We've only been to a sandy beach together once. Must change that! Thanks for linking with #TwinklyTuesday.


Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

We pretty much have the same stuff! I dont have the potty though as the boy just pees everywhere (our secret okay). My beach bag is near the door and when the weather permits we get it and we head to the beach and enjoy some time there =) #TwinklyTuesday

you baby me mummy

Wednesday 2nd of September 2015

Pretty much the same as you minus the dog bowl and dog! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

Beau is Blue

Tuesday 1st of September 2015

Wow what a great idea! Such a lovely read! Thanks for sharing! Suz x

NewMummy Blogger

Tuesday 1st of September 2015

This is fab! So useful, I'll definitely check back when we're off on holiday x#maternitymondays

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