If you know us, you know our family loves a good beach day! Whether they’re digging, dumping and dripping their way to the tallest sandcastle, collecting shells, scavenging driftwood to build make-shift forts, or playing never-ending games of jumping waves, your kids will never sleep so well as they do after a big day of sand and sea!! And let’s be honest: for parents, that’s what summer fun is all about.
Here are some of my favorite tips, tricks and must-haves for a day of beach fun!
So how do you transport ALL THE STUFF without losing your mind or dislocating your shoulder? I discovered this wagon when I lived in LA to tape MasterChef Junior, and we'd use it for daily trips to our favorite coffee shop and the park. At the time, I was pregnant with Gigi, but the other 3 could hop in and out, and it fit everything while still being easy to push or pull. You can install a car seat, plus sun cover and cold weather protection, too! It's become our adventuring carry-all that helps me avoid a million runs back to the house/car. It also folds up and stores easily!
I love wrapping my kids up in a cozy hooded towel when they’re eating lunch or ready for a little rest in the shade. This one is so cute and customizable so no towels get lost, plus it helps to add another level of sun protection – the absorbent cotton terry fabric provides UPF 50+ for UV Protection.Buy Now
Especially on blazing hot days, shade cover is critical. When I discovered this brand, I immediately fell in love with the retro look and beautiful design, but what’s best is the 4-minute assembly time and breezy, generous shade a simple, open-walled cloth covering like this provides. It folds down into a small cylinder of materials that’s easy to keep in my trunk, so I never forget to bring it along. If you feel like completing the look, the sling chairs are *chef’s kiss.*Buy Now
As a mama of 4, I've learned I can usually ward off (a few) epic meltdowns and sibling fights by making sure no one is hungry! Whenever we’re out for the day, I bring plenty of nibbles to keep everyone fueled and avoid a desperate hunt for crappy snacks.These endlessly-reusable, non-toxic, silicone bags are dishwasher-safe, sand-proof, freezer-friendly, and come in tons of different sizes and colors. BONUS TIP: Save a bag for your electronics to keep them sand/dirt free!
Another key to a happy day: keep everyone hydrated! Each of the kids has their own personalized tumbler, and I love how cold drinks stay thanks to the double-wall vacuum insulation. (I’m sure my 2 year old really appreciates this feature – haha.) The MOST important part is that the straw provides for easy access but is leak resistant when closed, so we avoid dreaded spills. I also love that the bottle and lid are dishwasher safe. P.S. Grownups get the big ones.Buy Now
This was one of those purchases I avoided for years because it just seemed like such overkill. Once we moved to Florida and were spending so much more time at the beach, I caved… and I’m so glad I did! The drinks, sandwiches, chopped veg, fruit, yogurt, cheese sticks, etc I pack inside always stay cool and fresh. And while hard coolers are great, I love this soft-sided bag because I find it easier to carry when loaded up – like a giant, refrigerated purse.Buy Now
Other tricks to keep in mind: