Hey there! Happy Thursday 🙂 🙂 aka Friday Jr! And welcome back to our little blog.
The other day I was cleaning out, going through, and replacing some things that are in my ‘beach trip kit’, and I thought, ‘hey! this would be a good thing to share with everyone on the blog!’ Sooo. Here I am – sharing with you guys some things that, if you keep them on hand, you can have quick and easy peasy beach trips on the regular!
Now, first of all keep in mind that I live in Ocean Springs, MS. My house is about a 10 ish minute drive to the beach. I can literally scoop up the kids, jump in the car, and be settled in the sand in 15-20 minutes from the time we step out the door. I say all that to say, that what I’m sharing today does not apply to like an all day event at the beach. I’m not talking about bringing drinks and snacks and supplies for the long haul in the sun. I’m talking about spontaneously deciding on a Wednesday morning that it’s a beautiful day, and that it would be an even more beautiful day if we spent a couple hours on the beach then make it back home in time for an early afternoon nap. 🙂
These things live in my car. Sometimes we even just start out at the park, but we end up on the beach. So, it’s just crazy convenient to have my ‘beach kit’ in the trunk – ready at a moment’s notice.
Ok! Enough with the blabbing…let’s get to the goods shall we?
These two bags hold alllll the essentials. The one on the right is filled with an assortment of sand toys. There are some actual beach/sand toys and then just some random trucks and figures from the kid’s toybox that have found their way to the bag. 🙂
What’s in the striped bag? Ohhh all the important things:
- Two large towels (these towels never get wet on purpose – they are for dusting off sand)
- A sheet and small blanket for laying on the sand to sit on while I watch the kids play
- A bottle of water
- Bubbles (essential and easy kid entertainment!)
- Dry bag for my phone
- Draw string bags to hold wet, dirty, sticky, etc things that I don’t want touching other stuff in the bag when we leave (like a leaky bubble gun)
And that is it. It’s really that easy. I can easily hold both of these bags plus grab the hands of my littles while we cross the street to the beach.
If we plan on actually getting wet at the beach, I’ll grab two t-shirts for the kids and two extra towels. The extra towels are for drying off. I just take their bathing suits off right outside the car, wipe them down, and then pull on the dry t-shirt for the quick ride home. I don’t like getting the towels I keep in my bag wet, because I like to be able to just let them live in the bag with minimal wash times.
Before I was a parent, I always always said that I’d take my kids to the beach as much as possible. The sun and sand are good for your soul, and its FREE and ENDLESS entertainment for me and my littles.
A few more beach trip tips?
- Don’t get caught up in worrying about sand in your car. Take your car to the car wash the next day and suck it out. Just live in the moment and embrace the mess and joy that is sand between your toes and in your car carpet. 😉
- Apply sunscreen BEFORE you leave the house. Especially on the kids. Cause when they get to the beach they are not going to have any time for your to make them stand still while meticulously applying sunscreen.
- Go to the beach as often as you can. 😉
Thanks so much for reading along today! What are some of your essential items to take to the beach?