Close your eyes for a moment and imagine your perfect beach vacation.
Mine would look something like this:
I am sitting in a chair reading a good book. My husband is sitting beside me basking in the sun. And my five kids are playing in the sand together enjoying the beach. AND NOT BOTHERING ME EVERY 5 SECONDS.
Family vacations at the beach with kids can be difficult. Meltdowns, sunburns, and lots of gear can make the trip more of a drag than a vacation.
I have lots of experience taking my kids to the beach. These five tips will help you have a successful beach trip as well!
Now these are the ways I have found to make a beach trip successful with kids:
#1: Pack TONS (way more than you think you will need!) snacks. In addition, pack a lunch!!
Kids are always hungry. And all that running around on the beach makes them even more so!
We pack our Yeti cooler full of dried fruit, sandwiches, nutrition bars, water, and even popsicles.
#2: Put Sunscreen On Before You Head to the Beach.
These are my three favorite sunscreens!
#3: Keep Nap Time a Priority
This is key to a successful beach day with little ones. I remind my kids before we hit the beach that we will be leaving by 1:00 for naptime.
This is key because it gets the kids out of the sun during the hottest, brightest hours.
Then, after nap time, the kids are refreshed and ready to enjoy the beach while it is a little cooler for a couple of hours.
I know it is difficult to leave the beautiful beach, but if you keep naptime a priority, your kids will not be as prone to meltdowns and temper tantrums.
#4: Pack the correct shoes.
My kids have been very upset when they did not have the right shoes for the beach.
For my toddlers, I LOVE these Native shoes.
And I have finally broken down and bought my big boys a good pair of flip flops. The kids’ feet do not hurt, and these have held up so well.
#5 And finally, but most importantly, keep safety FIRST!
Be sure that kids wear the correct flotation devices for their size and age.
For nonswimmers, this puddle jumper is a must!
Our rule for little ones who can not swim: wear the puddle jumper or we go home!
Set ground rules for your family for water safety! Also, be careful when switching shifts to other adults. Make sure the grandparent or friend knows who they are watching and be sure they are up the task!