Heading to the beach with kids is a lot of fun but usually involves a lot of planning! Depending on the age of your children, you may need to take a whole beach cart like the ones here to haul along all of the bits and pieces! 

Here are some of the items you will need for a beach outing! 

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Sand-proof toys

Nothing is better than filling toys with sand and tipping it out again or building a couple of sand castles. But sometimes, in haste to grab a couple of toys that will stop working when sand gets into the parts. 

Floating toys are great if you want to dig a little hole and fill it with water or take a little paddling pool with you. 

Sunscreen

Don’t just take one or two tubes with you; bring as much sunscreen as possible. Because inevitably, the moment you get to the beach, you won’t be able to do it because the tube has fallen out of your bag in the trunk of your car. 

Sprays are a quick option; make sure it is water resistant (although you’ll still need to reapply regularly). 

Tent 

You and the kids are going to need some time outside of the sun. A pop-up tent with some level of UV protection can offer the perfect place for naps, eating snacks, or just giving delicate skin a break from the sun. 

Beach towels 

Beach towels and plenty of them will offer a soft place to sit. Even if you don’t want to go in the water at all, they have so many uses – and if you have travel-sick children, they can be a life-saver after the warmth and beach snacks. 

Clothing 

Sand can be uncomfortable, and while it’s not an issue while you’re sitting on the beach, after a few minutes in the car with sand exiting pockets and making you itchy – you’ll be thankful that you took a spare change of clothing. 

It’s a good idea to bring everyone a change of clothing, even if no one intends to go into the water, or you have a picnic blanket that people can sit on. 

Baby powder 

Even if you never use baby powder at home, it can be amazing to take to the beach. Rubbing talc on damp sandy skin helps all of the sand to dry up and be brushed off. 

First aid 

Everyone hopes they never have to use it, but taking first aid to the beach is a must. Babies have a habit of picking everything up; it just takes a second to pick up something they shouldn’t have. And you’re going to want to disinfect that hand asap. 

Not to mention the little boo-boos that can happen. 

Change 

Change is always worth having for ice cream treats or parking. While almost everything is contactless and can be done by phone, a few coins are always a good idea. 

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