Now that the weather is warming up, more and more people are heading off to the beach. It’s important that you pack your beach bag essentials before you go on vacation to ensure your family will be safe from damaging UV rays and other dangers, which will also help ensure a fun and enjoyable trip for all.
Here are a few essentials that every parent should pack in their beach bags this summer:
- Sunscreen. Bring enough sunscreen to apply repeatedly to all family members throughout the day, particularly those playing in sand and water, says Momtastic. All children above the age of six months should use sunscreen.
- Hats. A wide brimmed hat will shade your face and eyes from the sun. If you want little ones to keep their hats on without a fuss, you need to set an example, advises BabyCenter.
- Beach umbrella. Better than a baby tent, a good quality beach umbrella can provide much needed shade the whole family can take advantage of.
- First-aid kit. There’s always the potential that someone could trip or cut themselves on an object hidden in the sand. It’s better to be safe than sorry, so pack a small first-aid kit that includes waterproof bandages, disinfectant and insect repellant.
- Healthy snacks. A few snacks in your beach bag will keep your energy levels up during the day. She Knows recommends choices such as granola bars and fruit — the latter is particularly good for keeping dehydration at bay. Some options high in vitamin C include pineapple slices, oranges, apples, pears, melon pieces and grapes.
- Baby powder. Before you head back home, dust everyone’s feet with some baby powder. This will make the sand drop off outside rather than in the car or in your shoes. Baby powder is also perfect for cleaning hands, especially when combined with wet wipes, before eating a snack.
- Sunglasses. Everyone needs a pair of sunglasses, from babies to adults. Make sure you choose a pair with 100 percent UV protection.
Browse through the Real Kids’ collection of kids’ sunglasses to find a pair that will keep your children’s eyes safe from UV rays this summer, and make sure to keep them tucked in your beach and pool bags!