Packing for the beach doesn't have to be hard, a few simple rules and you'll be on your way to a day of family fun! #ad– Thank you to Oakhurst for sponsoring today’s What to Pack for the Beach post. I am an Oakhurst #SoWorthIt Brand Ambassador. As always, all opinions are my own.
What to Pack for the Beach
When August rolls around, the dog days of summer are here. The heat and humidity can really get to you. Sometimes there is only one way to beat the heat and that is to head to the beach! Here are my 3 tips for a fun beach day:
1. Pack easy snacks and drinks to stay hydrated.
Staying hydrated is easy with Oakhurst juices and teas. My favorites are the Cranberry and Lemonades, but Mr. Juggling Act loves their classic Iced Tea. As for the kids, chocolate milk is the perfect treat.
Then pack lots of fruits and veggies, which also help you stay hydrated. A container filled with carrot and cucumber sticks is awesome with this Avocado Ranch Dressing. It's made with wholesome ingredients like Oakhurst Sour Cream and Buttermilk, and fresh delicious avocados. Get the recipe here:
Fruit, easy sandwiches, and a treat or two make for a great lunch. For more ideas on what to pack, check out this collection of Easy Picnic Foods:
2. Be prepared!
Have essentials on hand like anti-itch cream for bug bites, cover ups, and hats. Use lots of sunscreen and reapply every 90 minutes after water play. Make your own beach and boat tote full of summer essentials like sunscreen, wipes, baby powder (to get the sand off!), sunglasses and more. Don't forget 2 plastic grocery bags - one to haul your trash out, and one for recyclables like the plastic Oakhurst bottles. Remember floaties and life jackets are not babysitters, so pay close attention to your children in the water. Find out all the things I pack here:
3. Relax and have fun!
Bring some sand toys and things to keep the kids busy. Kickboards are easier to tote along than noodles, and the kids can carry those themselves.
Remember you'll find that everyone enjoys the day more when you set clear expectations, so let the kids know 'after we swim one more time, we're packing up.'
Bring something for you to do while the kids make sandcastles. Settle down in a comfy chair and a cold Oakhurst Lemonade with a good book or fun magazine. Check out these top 20 Beach Reads for inspiration:
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Need help on What to Pack for the Beach?
- Snacks and Drinks in a Cooler
- Sunscreen + Bug Spray
- Wet Wipes
- Sun Hat or Cap
- Mini First Aid Kit
- Buckets, Shovels and other Sand Toys
- Baby Powder
- Change of Dry Clothes
- Fitted Sheet
- Beach Chairs
- Plastic Bags for Trash and Recycling
Find out all the things I pack in my Summer Beach and Boat Tote!
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Donella Crigger says
Lots of drinks, sunscreen and my camera are always on our list. It's important to stay hydrated!
Can't believe summer is almost over!!! Panic!
Bobbie Parsons says
Great post! It makes me so excited about the summer. I like to pack and prepare for the beach. It's the only time I really feel relaxed and enjoying my time!