We live 5 minutes from the beach and growing up by the beach was a real highlight of my childhood. However, I married a man that hates the sand! One of my favorite ways to spend the summer is at the beach with the boys and these great beach hacks will make a day at the beach a dream.
So I am going to share with you my top beach hacks from families in conjunction with Sunny-D. Sunny-D have some great tips for families on their site and if you are a competition lover they often have competitions too, just be sure to bookmark their competition page.
Beach hacks for families
- My top tip is to take along some baby powder or talcum powder, you cover the sandy area in baby powder and then leave it a couple of seconds before brushing it off. No more sand scratches. The baby powder absorbs the water in the damp sand, making it easier and softer to brush off.
- Keep your water cold. By filling up water bottles to about a third and then freezing them in their side. Once froze, fill with cold water and you will have cold water for most of the day.
- Turn an empty suncream container into a place to store your money and valuables. Alternatively put them inside a nappie and fold it as though it is used and pop it in a nappy sack (nobody is going to look in there)! Have a secret stash of spare cash rolled up in an empty lip balm tube
- Use a fitted sheet instead of a beach towel to lie on.
- Turn your steering wheel, Parking in the sun? Turn your steering wheel 180 degrees. That way when you’re ready to leave, the part of the steering wheel that you use won’t burn your hands.
- Go early or late. We love going to the beach later in the day. The car parks are usually emptying and the sun is not as strong.
- Do not take a good camera. Take your camera, but also take a zip lock bag and pop it in. Trust me the touch screen works through the ziplock. Same for your Kindle, but nothing beats a book on the beach.
- String bags are great for beach stuff, we store all out buckets, spades and balls. As they dry out and you are carrying the bag all the sand falls off before you store it in the car.
- Sun protection is key. There is nothing worse than reapplying sun cream and getting sand on it (urg to scratchy cream). So we use once a day sun protection and the boys wear UV surf suits.
- Take the kids trolley. A trolley is great for getting all your stuff to and from the car to the beach and also perfect if one of the kids falls asleep.
- Buy a pop up tent. We live by the North Sea, it can get really windy, so our inexpensive pop up tent is a must. It is also perfect for storing all out stuff in.
- Pack all your food in separate small bags. There is nothing worse than getting sand in your food. So limit the chance of this by packing each sandwich separately. Also take tubes of frozen yogurt.
- Be prepared. As we live by the sea and good weather is not always guaranteed I have a basket in the boot of my car with everything we need for a short trip to the beach.
Free printable beach checklist
Anna from In the Playroom has a great free beach printable checklist for you.
Rainy day mum has tips for learning at the beach and also taking toddlers to the beach.
Chirping Moms have ten beach activities and beach bag essentials.
Why not take some food coloring to the beach and colour the sand or just smashing the sand castles you make.
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Let’s all share that being frugal can be fabulous.
oooh some really great tips, especially love the baby powder one, we have used that for years 🙂
great ideas! I never knew that baby powder could get rid of wet sand- definitely going to buy some for the summer!
We live over two hours from the beach but I hope we can visit this summer to take in your tips.
Some very good ideas I have to say good for the summer.
What some great ideas, I need to remember baby powder next time I go! x
I love all your ideas having a beach bag prepared sounds like a super idea.
Such great tips, I didn’t know any of these before!
Great ideas – I just posted about the beach too yesterday 😉 You can tell we’ve had some rare good weather if we’re all thinking about the beach can’t you? x x
Brilliant tips! We have a beach 5 minutes walk away too and I have a bag with a blanket and all our buckets and spades hanging up ready to go. A pop up tent is on my list of things to buy asap so that the baby can stay protected, I need to get a good UV one
Some great tips! Would never have thought about the baby powder!
Great tips – I just wish we lived closer to the sea 😉
I have always lived by the seaside and never heard the baby powder trick – thank you x
Ooh I never knew baby powder removed wet sand, what a great tip x
I’ve only just heard about the talc one, can’t wait to try it out. Your tips are great, well worth noting down.
Thanks for the ideas, Jen. We are going on holiday soon and plan to spend a lot of time at the beach so this is really handy x
These are really useful, I can’t believe in all the times I have been to the beach I never heard about talc! What a fab tip, will try it next time I am beachside x
We are actually printing off your checklist!! So brill!! X
Wow some great hacks.
These are pure genius Jen, I’m booking marking this to read again. I love the valuables in a used nappy one! Mich x
Thanks for the beach hacks. They are really practical if you are planning to go to the beach with your twins. (my case).
Thanks, Jen! These beach hacks are genius! Very practical 🙂
Oh, so many good tips there, we are heading off to Greece in a couple of days and I am very grateful to you for putting this great list together, I will come back to it time and again!xx
This post is brilliant! I LOVE the beach – we go most days in the summer – but I hate the sand! I am so sharing this post! Kaz x
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