Heading to the Beach with a Toddler? Here’s What You Should Pack!

Spending some time at the beach while you’re on a vacation, or even just for a day, is such a fun and relaxing way to catch some R&R. It’s the perfect way to spend some time together as a family and unplug from the craziness of the day-to-day routine.


Heading to the beach with toddlers, however, is a whole new ballgame. Kids tend to want to stay in the water as much as they possibly can. Add in all of the sand fun and beach activities that you can help them with and before you know, you run the risk of having some exhausted kiddos on your hands!

Here are a few things you may want to consider taking with you for your trip to the beach with a toddler. Hopefully it will make your time pleasant and help things go as smoothly as possible!

1. A Tent or Canopy to Help Block the Sun

It’s important to make sure that the little ones aren’t exposed to the sun all day long. Besides making sure they are lathered up with sunblock all day, bring something that will provide some much needed shade to keep them safe!


2. Beach Toys

What fun would going to the beach be without including toys! Sand castles need shovels and buckets to get them started, so at the very least, make sure you include them in your beach adventure!

3. A Life Jacket, Water Wings, or any other kind of Flotation Device

Even if you plan on being around your child 100% of the time, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Toddlers may have a basic understanding of the water, but their swimming skills are still lacking and with waves splashing all around, you’ll make sure they stay safe!

4. Lots of Snacks and DrinksĀ 

Chances are you may not have a lot of restaurant options close by, so make sure you keep your kids nourished and hydrated with snacks and drinks throughout the day. It’s so easy to pack a cooler with everyone’s favorite items and you’ll make sure everything is just a hand reach away.


5. Outdoor Blanket

I love all of the options for outdoor blankets that are made now. They are so easy to keep dry with their water repelling capabilities and it is SO much easier to keep them sand-free. Make sure your towels stay used for when the kids actually need them when they get out of the water.

6. Family and Friends

While you may be taking a vacation sans other friends or family joining you, if you’re taking a day trip around your home, make it a priority to find an extra set of hands to help you out. It makes things a little easier, especially if you’re watching more than one child.

There you have it! This is a great start to make sure you have a fantastic time at your next beach outing. Do you have anything planned now that summer is just around the corner? If not, it’s a great time to start thinking about adding some beach fun to your calendar!

Original article and image credit: What to Take to the Beach With A Toddler

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