Tips for a Great Day at the Beach With Kids & Super V Sweepstakes!
I remember spending long days at the beach in sunny San Diego when my sister and I were kids. I always remember our light blue, styrofoam cooler with rope handles packed with snacks for the day. My mom would lug it to the beach, and we would tag along with the rest of the gear.
Once I started surfing in high school, I didn’t spend much time on the beach, just in the water. I pared my supply list down to a towel skirt I found at a thrift shop. No shoes, no snacks, just a towel and car keys.
Well times have changed once again now that I have my own family. Being the crazy organizer I am, combined with my love of the beach, I have come up with a system that works perfectly for our family with a few tips along the way! (BTW we use the same system for local pools and theme parks too)
Rule # 1. Each member of the family MUST carry their own bag.
The kids each have a beach backpack that can get sandy. I even bought a tiny “Pre-School” backpack for my 2 year old this year so he could carry his own gear. I believe in having everyone help out, even if it is just carrying and being responsible for their own stuff.
Rule #2. Everyone packs their own lunch.
I set out the bins and baskets of suggested food for the day, and they pack what they want in their lunch. This way no one can complain to me that they are “starving” or can’t find anything they like, or “BUY me something at the snack shack”! I let them eat at their own pace throughout the day as well.
Rule #3. Everyone is responsible for their own gear.
My kids know what they like to do at the beach: boogie board, build moats and body surf. They grab the gear they need and know where it is at all times, or they go without. Maybe harsh, but it works and I don’t hear the constant questions like, “Where is my towel?”
Typical Contents of the Kids backpack:
Capri Sun Super V - These are perfect for the beach. They aren’t just sugar water; they are 1 combined serving of fruit and vegetables. I love that I am able to “sneak” serving vegetables to my kids in their drink! My 7 year old BEGS for these. I’m sure he is convinced they are only for super heroes, and he believes he is one. Plus, they are delish. I always put them in the freezer the night before and grab them the next morning. They keep everything cool in their lunch and are refreshing as they defrost on a hot day.
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Road Trip Chex Mix - I did a post about this delectable little treat. It is easy to make and the perfect snack for the beach. Get the recipe HERE.
Individual Chip Bag – That way if sand does get in, you can toss the whole thing. Plus who doesn’t like chips?
Orange – So refreshing to have a cold orange at the beach.
Grapes – Again, refreshing little treats to pop in your mouth throughout the day.
Snack Size Candy Bar - I prefer peanut m&m’s myself, especially since they don’t melt into a mess in the hot sun, but any candy will do.
UnCrustable – To me, these were made for trips, even just to the beach. Who wants to make the kitchen a mess when you could just grab one of these from the freezer and throw it into your backpack. I like to pick up a box at Costco in whatever town we are visiting (unfortunately they only carry grape, and I prefer strawberry, but it’ll do).
Towel Robe – I LOVE these and so do my boys. We usually buy them from Costco, but many big box retailers have them too. These are great since you can wear them or put them in your bag. The hoods keep them warm and cozy after getting tumbled in the sea.
Goggles - We don’t usually take these for the ocean since they fall off and get lost in the waves way too easily, but the stop at the pool on the way back home makes these essential for my peeps.
Shovel – We found the best shovels a few years ago at a surf shop and have since seen them at a few drug stores close to the beach. They are plastic with long wooden handles and cost around $5. Worth every penny. Sometimes the kids will shove the handle down the back of their pack so they don’t have to carry it back and forth.
Rash-guard - What mom doesn’t love a rash guard? My favorite is our bright yellow one from the Gap. I love the Gap’s because they hold their shape well, have fun designs, and last longer than cheapie ones.
Contents of MY Backpack:
Same as kids
The Back Pack Chair - I LOVE my Tommy Bahama backpack chair from Costco. It reclines completely, has a cooler pouch and is the perfect way to relax on the beach.
Sunscreen - I’m loving the new Neutrogena Kids Wet spray. Totally works wet or dry.
Baby Powder -If you didn’t know this trick, you’ve got to try it. If you or your kids have dry sand stuck to their hands, feet, bunsies, whereever, just cover that spot in baby powder and wipe it away. Perfect for cleaning up before eating a snack or jumping in the car. The kids LOVE this stuff.
Umbrella - As much as I love the sun and a great tan, I love the shade even more, especially with babies. The bigger the better.
Rubber Mallet -T his my friends is how you keep your umbrella perfectly positioned in the sand (or grass). My husband picked up this little gem at our local Harbor Freight for under $5. Just place your bottom umbrella pole where you want it and pound away. Once it is secure, put the top in and enjoy your shade while others umbrellas fly away. Seriously, everywhere we go people are begging to borrow our rubber mallet.
Sun Glasses - If you know me, you’ve surely seen me in my sunglasses. I used to buy cheapies, but Justin convinced me to upgrade to Polarized lenses. I’m not talking Blue Blockers (Julie) but Ray Bans. I love these. They fit my face without letting light in above or below. They aren’t the fancy Maui Jims he wears, but they are way better than the “disposables” that I was used to.
Camera-What blogger would feel complete without their camera? That’s how we roll at the beach!
What items are in your beach bag?
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