Summer break is right around the corner! The kids will be out of school in just a few weeks, I think we can all agree that everyone’s ready for a vacation.
Whether you’re planning a week-long stay at the beach over the summer, or a few long weekends at a beach or lake house, a well-stocked beach bag is a must. Drawing inspiration from our Beach Bag Essentials Pinterest board, below are a few items that you might want to make sure to toss into your beach bag this summer.
First things first, you need a cute beach bag! This DIY canvas tote has plenty of room for, well, nearly everything you can think of that you might need (check out the tutorial here).
Now that you’ve got your beach bag, it’s time to start filling it up. You’ll need plenty of beach towels, and we love this creative idea from Martha Stewart – a beach towel with pockets on every corner. This makes keeping up with your stuff easy because there’s a place for everything – books, magazines, flip-flops, and sunscreen.
It’s funny how we never want to leave the beach, but the beach never leaves us! Sand seems to follow us everywhere making a mess wherever we go! However, rubbing a bit of baby powder onto your hands, feet, arms, and legs will help remove sand and prevent it from sticking to you. Be sure to keep some in your beach bag to keep the sand at bay – or more appropriately, at beach!
We love the items that the Momtastic blog lists as “beach bag essentials.” It includes a mini first aid kit with waterproof bandages, disinfectant spray or wipes, and insect repellent. It also says to make sure to throw in some snacks with plenty of vitamin C like apples, pears, oranges, and grapes to help stay hydrated in the hot summer sun.
And of course, we can’t leave out sun protection for the entire family! Always have sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 handy, and wear protective clothing when possible. Also, wear a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses with UV protection to further protect your face, eyes, and the delicate skin around your eyes. And for the kids, consider a pair of swim goggles that also offer UV protection.
Parents, what’s in your beach bag this year? Share with us in a comment below!