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If you’re a mom or dad considering a beach visit, you should look over these essentials for a trip to the beach with your children. So long as you follow these suggestions, you’ll avoid the frustration of being unprepared at the beach.
Some beach destinations in the United States have banned the sale of sunscreens with octinoxate and oxybenzone to preserve marine life. As a parent, you want a product that will protect your children’s skin. And as an environmentally conscious inhabitant of the planet, you should go for a sunscreen that has little to no negative impact on the aquatic ecosystem.
You want mineral-based sunscreens with “non-nanotized” zinc oxide, plant-based elements, and titanium dioxide. The sunscreen should have an SPF of at least 30. It’s best to put on a heavy layer of sunscreen before you leave the house and then reapply more every time you come out of the water.
Beach Towels and Chairs
Now that you have your sunscreen sorted, you next want to get your beach towels and chairs together. Assuming you’re not visiting a location that will provide you with these items, you must bring your own towels and chairs. Ensure there’s enough towel space for everyone to lie down, enough towels for everyone to dry off, and enough chairs for everyone to sit on.
Any parent who has brought kids to the sea knows that beach toys are essentials for a trip to the beach with children. Kids need something to guide their play and somewhere to direct their attention. The beach is a large, bustling, and confusing place. Without some grounding toys, kids might lose interest. Some toys you could pack include:
- A frisbee
- Buckets and shovels
- A kite
- Masks, snorkels, and fins
Get creative and choose items based on what you know your kids will enjoy. By playing alongside them, you’ll build memories for decades to come.
Food and Drink
Lastly, you’ll want to pack on-the-go picnic snacks. Look for something healthy and easy to put into a baggie, such as fruits, vegetables, and nuts. If you can bring a cooler, pack everything in there, along with some water bottles.