Beach Bag Tips for Moms & Dads
Toting a couple of sunscreen-slick kiddos down to the beach ain’t easy.
It’s a fact of life that every parent knows: Everything changes when you’ve got kids. Planning dinner’s different. Bedtime’s different. And planning a vacation is different, all the way down to your beach bag. There was a time when a sweet pair of shades, a magazine and a towel might cut it, but not when you’ve got the little ones with you.
We scoured the far reaches of the Internet for the best beach bag tips for parents. Because beach bags can be more than just receptacles for coastal accessories, they can be the lynchpin in your survival gear strategy!
In addition to the oh-so-important wet wipes, you may want to find room to squeeze some baby powder into your beach bag, even if your kids have outgrown diapers. It’s a miracle product for getting sand off the skin—like when you need to clean tiny hands off for snack time. Just sprinkle the baby powder on and rub with your hands.
Sunscreen & Sunscreen Balm
Load up your beach bag with sunscreen for body, face and lips. Lips often get forgotten, but don’t forget that sunscreen balm, or your toddler could look like he’s wearing (chapped) lipstick later on.
Find a Bag with Good Straps
Pick a bag with good straps that don’t slip (or that can be carried across one shoulder, messenger bag style). Fact is, there are few things more frustrating than trying to carry a bag on each shoulder, plus a cooler, plus a towel in the other hand. When that bag slips off your shoulder, you could lose the whole lot. So test out your bag to make sure it stays. You may even want to go for a backpack—it may not be as cute as a straw tote, but its much more effective.
If your kids have long hair, add some extra bobby pins, rubber bands or barrettes to that beach kit. Kids’ hair at the end of a long day at the pool or swimming in salt water can become a tangled mess. Come prepared.
Bring a garbage bag in your beach bag—or even two. One you can use one for toting trash such as wrappers from snacks, drinks, used wet wipes and orange peels up to the public garbage cans. The other is great for carrying your sandy toys off the beach so you can clean them without dumping piles of sand in your bag, your room or your car.