Beach trip packing is something I feel passionate about. With two kids and countless beach trips we’ve figured out which kid items are worth and not worth packing on a family beach trip.
This time it was for a 5 day trip to Turks and Caicos, but it also applies to lake and river trips! Here are our favorite family beach trip items in no particular order.
You can find the videos of them in use during our vacation in this post!
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1. Surfer dude
It’s a floating toy that comes back to the shore surfing every wave. The kids love throwing it over and over. It comes in different colors and characters. It always comes on our beach trips!
2. Seashell mesh bag
When we go to the beach, there is a 100% chance that we collect pretty seashells. These bags make it easy to store, rinse, and let the shells dry out. Also, because they’re made out of mesh, any sand from the seashells will fall right through.
3. Waterproof phone pouch
One less thing to carry! We don’t take a waterproof camera with us anymore! I just put my phone in this pouch, seal it, and record all the underwater fun with my phone! The kids looove watching the videos of their diving tricks and adventures.
4. Sand removal bag
Remove sand easily with this sand removal pouch. It comes full of talc free powder and you just rub it on sandy skin to clean it. It makes removing sand from little hands a breeze.
5. Collapsible bucket
I’m not a fan of packing a lot of beach toys. But you can never go wrong with a bucket. Now how do you pack a beach bucket in a suitcase without it taking a bunch of space or breaking? By getting a collapsible bucket! It packs flat and once extended, it’s the perfect size for sand castle building!
6. Sunscreen stick
Whether at the beach, lake, or pool, sunscreen is a must. If your kids are as patient as mine, you probably have about 17 seconds to apply sunscreen on their faces before they start fussing. Using a sunscreen stick makes applying sunscreen a lot easier and the chances of them fussing drop drastically (but they’re never 0 haha). Plus, bigger kids can even apply it themselves (yes, there’s a light at the end of the child sunscreen application tunnel).
7. Saddle float
While my husband and kids looove to swim, snorkel, and dive, I’m more of a beach/pool/lake lounger. This float is easy to pack, and it lets you float while still being partially submerged in the water. It was also great for my little swimmer, who loves to swim nonstop but also gets tired from time to time.
I hope you liked this list!