How to Always be Beach Ready this summer


For families, the summer is a great time of the year. The fact that the weather is better gives you the chance to get out and about more, and spend more time together. One of the nicest things to do as a family is to visit the beach. We take the kids all the time. They love it and so do we, which is why we are always beach ready.

As soon as there is a hint of sun we grab our swimming costumes and swim shorts, pile in the car, and head to the beach. We tend to go on weekdays, when there are fewer people, but at a push we will brave the crowds and go on the weekend. Especially if it has been a while since we had a sunny day.

We are always beach ready, so that we can take every opportunity to get out there, and enjoy ourselves. To make sure that we are we keep a beach bag packed, and have a checklist on hand to use so that we do not leave anything vital at home.

Sun protection

Top of the list is sun protection for us and the kids. That means sun hats, sunglasses, waterproof sun cream, and sun block lip balm. Before I leave the house I always check to make sure that there is enough sun lotion in the bottle to take us through the day. If not, we stop at a supermarket and buy some. This is far cheaper than buying it at the resort and it means you do not have to stand in a shop with two kids hopping from foot to foot because they can´t wait to hit the sand.

Towels and mats

Beach mats are an essential. Towels are OK too, they are softer and lighter, but mats are more comfortable. Taking both is a good idea, as long as there are two of you to carry it all. If you are on your own, a couple of large sarongs to use as an alternative beach blanket can also work.

Swimwear and toys

We tend to put the kids in their swimwear for the journey. It is less hassle once you get on the beach. Just be careful to remember to pack something for them to change into. There is nothing worse than having to drive home in damp clothes.

Our kids are too young for snorkelling, but they like to play with their swimming float, and when they are older it is clear that they are going to love body boarding. Flotation aids are important. Even if they swim well, armbands are a good idea. Swimming in the sea is very different from doing so in a pool, so flotation aids help to give them confidence and keeps them safer.

It is always worth taking some beach toys with you. Kid´s love building sand castles and moats. The time goes quickly and they love this activity. If you are looking for more ways to keep the kids occupied on the beach, click here. There are some great ideas in that article.

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  1. Very good tips. Especially important is the sun protection!

    1. Thanks so much Lubka, sun protection is so important :)

      Laura x

  2. There's nothing like forgetting the essentials at home! I always bring an extra few tubes of sunblock just in case!

    1. I always keep an extras in the car just incase :)

      Laura x

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