Monday, June 01, 2015

Beach Vacation With Kids

We're heading to a wedding, in Florida, on the beach! So many details and so many things to pack that I think I may need to check extra bags for the trip. I have selected everyone's outfits for the actual wedding and they're ready to pack. The beach towels and swimsuits are already in the suitcases, but now I'm trying to think of everything else we will need for a week at the beach with kiddos. It's times like this I wish we were driving instead of traveling the friendly skies! Since we're flying I can't take along all the things I normally would stuff into every nook and cranny space I can find in the car. Since space is limited I've consulted several favorite blogs and websites on my quest for the very best suggestions on what to take for a stay at the beach with little ones. has lots of fabulous suggestions including to remember to pack a big beach bag for hauling towels, toys, sunscreen and lotions to the beach. A super plan is to have smaller beach bags or backpacks for the kids. I love this idea! She suggests a small beach bag or drawstring bag easy for the little ones to carry. Kid floaties and beach toys can be packed in these smaller bags. In the larger beach bag be sure to include lots of waterproof sunscreen and be sure you re-apply it often. Sunburns are no fun!

Remember to pack your beach bag and beach towel. has a detailed beach vacation packing checklist you can print and reminds us to be sure to wear flip flops or other sea shoes when spending the day at the beach. The sand gets very hot and can really burn the soles of your feet, especially the soft bottoms of your little one's feet. And if you are at a shelly beach, they can actually make small cuts on your feet. Also remember to wear sunglasses and a sun hat for additional protection from the sun's intense rays.

Remember to pack beach shoes.

There are lots of great suggestions on what to pack for the pool or beach at If you have babies or toddlers that aren't potty trained yet be sure to remember to pack swim diapers. In addition, you will need to bring along water wings, floaties, and a life vest. Minitime also has a detailed printable packing list which I have found to be very useful!

Remember the water wings and floats. offers some super ideas in their "ultimate" beach packing list. They suggest bringing your kiddos bath toys. They are washable and typically on the small side, and therefore would be easy to pack. Another grand suggestion is to let the little ones use your plastic coffee cup and spoon to dig in the sand (of course after you've savored the very last drop!). But please be sure not to leave any trash on the beach when you pack up for the day. 

Thank goodness I checked for their tips on traveling with kids. I'm so obsessed with what to pack for a day at the beach I almost forgot about keeping the little ones happy on the plane! The list includes an iPod or iPad, books, snacks, and be sure to bring a change of clothes for the little ones in your carry on luggage just in case you need it!

Remember to bring lots of water and your iPad.

A simple internet search will lead you to a multitude of awesome sites with lists of what to pack for any type of vacation you have planned. Just pick and choose those items that you think will work for you! Oh, and have a great vacation!

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