Essential Family beach vacation packing list

Can't decide what to take to the beach? Here is a handy list of beach and beach house items that are needed and a quick reference of what can be left behind

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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Can't decide what to take to the beach? Here is a handy list of beach and beach house items that are needed and a quick reference of what can be left behind

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 needed used 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
Can't decide what to take to the beach? Here is a handy list of beach and beach house items that are needed and a quick reference of what can be left behind
Seriously? How does this happen?
  • Sunscreen – check out our list of best sunscreens for little ones and sensitive skin.
  • Sunglasses
  • 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
Can't decide what to take to the beach? Here is a handy list of beach and beach house items that are needed and a quick reference of what can be left behind
  • 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)
Britannia Beach – Ottawa
  • 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.
Owl Park – Ottawa

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.

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Mrs Fancy-Pants - September 6, 2016

Those foldable potty covers are great!

    Christine Leger - September 6, 2016

    I know, right? I got ours through Huggies rewards point. I don’t understand why it isn’t on more packing lists. I love it

Niki @ Toot's Mom is Tired - September 6, 2016

Saving this for when I take my little girl to the beach for the first time! 🙂

    Christine Leger - September 6, 2016

    the first time is always the hardest. You are never sure what they will think about, what they want; hopefully my list helps

Laveena Sengar - September 10, 2016

These are very interesting and helpful. I am a total beach lover. I have trip planned for andamans next year with family. I am going to bookmark this post for that trip

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