Thursday, May 6, 2010

What Every Beach Bag Needs!

Life's a beach, right? Well, it is here in Florida where the sun is always shining. Where we live it is common to jaunt on over to the beach for the morning or afternoon for a dip in the ocean or a walk on the sand or a grouper sandwich at Frenchy's.

Our family has even driven to Indian Rocks Beach just for a Lighthouse Doughnuts apple fritter on a sunny winter morning. In fact, I think it's time to do that again! In Florida, one spends a lot of time at the beach or by the pool. I can't wait to rent a cabana at the Don CeSar for the day.

Living so close to the beach, it's important to know HOW to pack your beach or pool bag!! I have become quite the expert as I pack the bag for all 7 of us. First of all, you need a durable beach bag. I love the traditional LL Bean boat and tote Bag. With a family our size, we need the extra large. Plus, I love having a monogrammed bag.

Inside the bag, I pack LOTS of sunscreen. We prefer the Neutrogena and Hawaiian Tropic 30 to 50 SPF sticks for faces as they are super easy to apply. I like the new Neutrogena Sport spray, but we have also enjoyed Coppertone and Banana Boat sprays. The sprays make the application much faster, but I am a firm believer in re-applying. Dermatologists often sell some other sunscreens that you may prefer.
I also pack goggles as our whole crew loves their goggles! Target sells nice ones from Speedo with the middle nose piece as part of the goggle itself and those are the ones we love. Be sure to pack those goggles!

Old burp cloths or cloth diapers make a great cloth for wiping sandy eyes and hands. You can read more about it on this Tuesday's Tip.
We also pack beach toys like buckets or shovels, dive sticks, or any other fun pool or beach toy the children may enjoy. The older children like to take their fins to the pool and our little one brings her princess diving sticks and princess dolls that can swim. Of course it is understood that one must pack a camera in a plastic bag, possibly a Flip video camera, some money, sunglasses, and beach towels!
You may also want to bring a cooler filled with LOTS of water, ice, lemonade or juice boxes, snacks like juicy strawberries or cheese sticks and a Diet Pepsi or two for mama. If it's later in the day, you may wish to pack some beverages with a little more punch! We also bring plenty of snacks to share like bags of pretzels or Goldfish. Each child has a pair of beach/pool shoes and a change of clothes, including underwear. The children also wear rash guards/swim shirts as often as possible! Happy Beach Days!

11 comments:

Lauren said...

Ohhhh...I'm thinking a lovely monogrammed bag with all of your yummies would be absolutely delightful! Now...If I can get a house near the beach instead of like 20 hrs. from one! :)

Jo said...

I'm counting down the days ... can't wait to spend hours relaxing and soaking up the sun!

Jo

Mom on the Run said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog...I wish I could say it's normally full of insight and wisdom, but I'd be lying! Usually I'm just whining about my teenage boys and my messy house.

Suburban Princess said...

Great tips! We live near the beach too but we hardly ever go! I loved that hotel when I was little!

sweet tea in a pink glass said...

I love me so rockaways...yummy!

Anonymous said...

Baby powder is a must for our beach trips--a little sprinkle and that sand that is stuck to you will come right off! I hate gritty snacks, so I love the baby powder :)

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Thanks so much for this wonderful post. I'm heading to the beach at the end of the month, and only have two daughters, and it still seems overwhelming. Thanks to you, I'll be referring back to this post, to see if I've included everything that I need, in my XL Monogrammed LL Bean tote. :)

Sweet Southern Prep said...

I'm actually the opposite of you. I went to UNC-CH, but cheer on UGA football because I love the bulldogs, oh, and my in-laws went there, as well. :) They're from GA. I got into Georgia and decided to attend somewhere else. I actually never visited UGA until after I graduated. If I had, I may have decided to go there instead. LOVED IT! :)

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Black Labs and Lilly said...

Growing up at the beach I fully appreciate the joy of having a well stocked beach tote! To this day I still leave mine in the car packed and at the ready incase I can slip off to the sand for a few unexpected hours!!

bevy said...

We will be at Pawley's for Memorial Day with my parents... need to get thinking about that beach bag!

pink green & southern said...

I have the coolest beach cart with big ole industrial wheels to tote everything from the car down to the sand. If you don't have one you should really get one. It holds my bag, my chairs, my umbrella, a mini table and our towels.