Essential Family beach vacation packing list
Beach vacation packing list
Can’t decide what to pack for your family beach vacation? The lists and options are endless. Having been a few times, and failed more than once, here is a handy family beach vacation packing list and beach house items that are essential. And a quick reference of what can be left behind.
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What to take to the beach; beach checklist
- Battery Operated fan. To cool off the babies when not in the water.
- First Aid Kit. Stings, bites, scratches and the like happen everywhere. And the beach is a dirty place.
- Beach toys; this was all they
neededused for the week, and they aren’t very expensive. Make sure all beach toys can double as bath toys in order to justify taking up so much space in your luggage.
- Beach cover-up
- Change of clothes
- Sun Hat
- Swim shoes
- 2 baby beach tents – one to use and the other for a spare when you break the first because you were distracted while putting it together
- Sunscreen – check out our list of best sunscreens for little ones and sensitive skin.
- Bug spray
- Aloe vera – here is how to use Aloe Vera. There are more ways than one.
- Hair ties
- Detangler – Having a little girl has made me realize just how awful beach hair can be. Grab some detangler, spray like your life depends on it.
- Kids hooded towels
- Beach bag; preferably one that zips closed
- Water bottles or sippy cups. Enough for everyone to have their own
- Baby wipes
- Sand-free Mat – does an amazing job at sifting the sand off the towel, so you never have to dust it off (for the millionth time) again. That or a flat sheet (since it uses less room in the luggage and weighs less, but I prefer no sand)
- Kite and frisbee.
- Ocean books and colouring pages. Sometimes mommy and daddy just want to rest, which means little ones need to get out of the water. Have them read (or be read to) and colour while you catch up on your tan. This activity book for older kids, and just about anything Octonauts for the little ones are a great way to keep their minds busy.
- Keep camera accessories and other fragile items in a Ziploc bag. Blowing sand can be just as harmful to your equipment as water.
- Waterproof cameras are a great idea too. Check out our full guide to kids cameras here, and this waterproof point and shoot camera for adults.
- Cornstarch or a small bottle of baby powder will go a long way to helping get that scratchy sand off your legs without tearing you apart.
Packing list items #26 through #30 is consumables!! Lots of snacks. Water bottles, loose change for the ice cream truck, and possibly a hot dog to carry every one over until dinner time.
Don’t make the mistake of thinking they won’t need much for just 2 short hours at the beach. They will ask for something every moment you are without, even if you stuffed their faces before leaving the house. It’s mother natures way of making sure you don’t forget snacks and water for next time.