Whether it’s to do with that first glimpse of the sea when you arrive on holiday, or childhood memories of sandcastles with Daddy, there’s something magical about the beach, whatever age you are. Being prepared can make all the difference, so here are a few tips for a good beach trip with kids!
- Locate the loos as soon as you get there! Our kids want endless trips to the loo so we always make sure we choose a spot that’s within an easy walk of the loos.
- Don’t underestimate cold onshore wind! Take an extra layer for all the family. And don’t forget the sunscreen whatever the weather. Apply a good 30 mins before going, not just because this is what the guidelines say, but because sand loves sticking to freshly applied suncream! The extra 30 mins gives it time to get absorbed and avoids skin like sandpaper.
- A windbreak is brilliant for providing a bit of valuable shade, and privacy for changing. You can pick them up cheaply from most beach shops
- If your children are very young, they might not want to spend too long on the beach.
- My kids always love the sand (they’re not bothered about the sea at all!) so if it’s a pebbly beach, we don’t really bother – it’s probably worth the distance to find a sandy beach
- Beach shoes are brilliant – especially the rubber ones – they can use them in rockpools, in the sea, and walking to the beach. Saves a lot of hassle.
- If rockpooling, take a pack of plasters, a cut knee is pretty much inevitable at some stage!
- A plastic sandwich bag for your mobile phone and camera – sand gets everywhere!
- If you’re a real sandcastle professional, make a few flags in advance with cocktail sticks and stickers?
- A change of clothes for that unpredictable big wave when paddling?
- UV suits are great. Keeps kids warm, safe from sun, they can get wet without worrying.
- We used one of those massive flexi buckets to store our buckets, spades and balls in, and the children take a handle each and lug it to the beach. You can then make a monster sandcastle with it! Very
useful indeed, and keeps everything together.
- A bottle of water to rinse out sand in eyes, clean cuts, etc.
And when you’ve finished worrying about packing for the family, take a good book for yourself and make sure the kids know that it’s your break too. Good luck!
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