What to pack for the beach
Have a relaxed, no-drama day at the beach with these essential beach bag items.
Insulated BPA- free water bottles
Dehydration is a real risk in hot weather, and little ones are particularly susceptible. Invest in some BPA-free insulated water bottles- the water taste remains untainted and you will be able to monitor how much each child is drinking.
Togs and rash tops
Don't forget the togs and rash tops. For slightly cooler days or lake swimming you could consider a wetsuit. Not only do they provide sun protection, they also help keep the wee ones warm and happy.
Water proof hats
Sunscreen alone is often not enough to protect very young skin. A water proof hat for wee ones is ideal as they can wear them in and out of the water. Choose one with a wide peak and flowing neck flaps.
High sun protection factor sunscreen
Not all sunscreens are created equal. You should always purchase a sunscreen with the highest protection factor possible. Read more about sunscreen.
First Aid Kit
Every family beach bag should contain and up-to-date first aid kit. Bites, scratches and stings are an inevitable part of a day a the beach and you never know when a bandage or a pair of tweezers might come in handy. Saline to wash sand out of eyes is also a useful item.
For dry lips, scratches, wetsuit or body board chaffing - in fact any number of things - a nice layer of an ointment can provide instant relief.
Like sunscreen, not all towel are created equally. They are going to get soggy - it's unavoidable. If you can, pack two each - one to use and one to hang on a tree to dry out.
Pack plenty of it! The sun, water and sand play and fresh air means hungry hungry mouths.