How many times have you went on a trip and forgotten something? I think it’s happened to a lot of us, too many times. We’ve all heard the checklist “Toothbrush? Check.” “Deodorant? Check.” Sometimes we have to do that type of checklist when traveling with babies, but it’s a different kind of checklist with them.
The beach has a totally different set of items needed as opposed to what you would need for a regular trip to grandmother’s house. It has to be a little more detail-oriented and well thought out, especially when going to a beach.
Let’s go over this checklist to make sure you have all the essentials in your baby’s bag for your next trip to the beach.
Sunscreen is a beach necessity for babies and adults, but especially for babies. Their skin is so fragile; you want to protect it in every way you can. One trick you can do for sun protection is set an alarm on your phone as to when to reapply your sunscreen.
If your SPF is 30, set an alarm on your phone for 30 minutes and reapply after 30 minutes. Same thing goes for SPF’s of 45 and 50.
Hat and Sunglasses
Escaping the sun at a beach is inevitable, which is why you have to bring your own version of shade to the beach with you. Yes you can bring a beach umbrella, but we’re talking about what can actually fit in your baby’s bag and still provide some relief from the sun.
Hats and sunglasses are items that you can put directly on your baby and shield them from the sun’s rays in addition to the sunscreen. That, my friend, is a winning combination.
Yes the beach has its own entertainment…the sand and the water, of course. But you can’t ever go wrong with keeping your kids entertained with some beach toys, along with some of their favorite non-beach toys.
You can bring small buckets for sand castles and collecting seashells as well as their favorite doll or action figure. I’ve seen that Barbie and Transformers have a thing for getting buried in the sand.
Towels are not only handy for drying off after taking a dip in the ocean water. They’re also very helpful in protecting your skin from being burned just by sitting on the sand.
You never really think anything else about sand, other than it being really pretty to look at, but sand gets really hot. So, it’s definitely a good idea to have a couple of beach towels handy in your bag to make a pallet to keep you from sitting on hot sand.
Now if your child is like most children, they love their favorite towel with the big blue fish on it. So you have to make sure that particular towel is on your checklist. In doing that, it’s always a safe bet to take the necessary steps to cover your personal items.
Being out in the sun will make anyone thirsty and hungry, which is why it’s imperative to have snacks and such in the bag. Having an ice pack in the bag is also a good item to have in your bag for the preservation of the food and liquids.
Water, juice, crackers, cookies, and fruits are good items to have in the bag. Of course, depending on your baby’s age, you’ll adjust the food items to put in the bag. We all know, a hungry baby is a grumpy baby so having the snacks handy will prevent that.