The Top 10 Important Beach Essentials for Families

School is out and it’s time to have a wonderful summer! There’s nothing like going to the beach for a fun day in the sun with your family. However, when

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School is out and it’s time to have a wonderful summer! There’s nothing like going to the beach for a fun day in the sun with your family. However, when you are traveling with small children, there are some important beach essentials that you can’t leave behind. Being prepared for a day at the beach with kids helps ensure everyone enjoys themselves. I have created a nice check list for families who will be spending a lot of time at the beach this summer. Check out all the details below!

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BEACH ESSENTIALS FOR FAMILIES

SUNSCREEN

It’s so important to have at least two bottles of sunscreen especially when planning a full day of fun in the sun. Yes, that includes Black people. We need sunscreen too! Apply it early and often. Everyone has a personal preference between cream or spray. Make sure you do research to find the best one for your family.

  • La Roche-Posay 
  • The Mineral Melt 
  • Mele Sunscreen Oil 
  • Black Girl Sunscreen
  • Neutrogena Beach Defense
  • EltaMD UV Sheer Sunscreen
  • Cay Skin Isle Glow Body Lotion 
  • BLUE LIZARD Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen
  • Cetaphil Sheer 100% Mineral Liquid Sunscreen
  • Coppertone Pure and Simple Mineral Sunscreen
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BEACH UMBRELLA / CANOPY

Having a shaded spot for the family is important because it can get so hot at the beach. Make sure to get an umbrella or canopy that is big enough for the entire family. This will make eating lunch more enjoyable as well as relaxing. It is also perfect if your little ones decide to take a nap at the beach.

  • Large Beach Umbrella
  • Duerer Beach Umbrella
  • AMMSUN Beach Cabana
  • OutdoorMaster Pop Up Beach Tent
  • Rhino Valley Beach Tent Sun Shelter
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FOLDING CHAIR

A good folding chair can make a difference when you’re at the beach with your family. Folding chairs provides the ultimate place to sit back and relax. I recommend beach chairs that are portable, easy to unfold and repack as well as comfortable.

  • Ostrich Deluxe 3 in 1 Beach Chair
  • Caribbean Joe Folding Beach Chair
  • Zero Gravity Lounge Chair Recliners
  • Brace Master Beach Chair Camping Chair
  • KingCamp Folding Backpack Beach Chair
  • Homevative Folding Backpack Beach Chair
  • Rio Beach Kid’s 5-Position Lay Flat Backpack Folding Beach Chair
  • Tommy Bahama 5-Position Classic Lay Flat Folding Backpack Beach Chair
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BEACH WAGON

I know it may seem like another big thing to carry to the beach, but this will save your family multiple trips to the car. Load it up with your beach chairs, towels, cooler and bag. Make sure to get a wagon with wide, chunky wheels that will easily roll over the sand.

  • Sekey Collapsible Foldable Wagon
  • MacSports Heavy Duty Collapsible Wagon
  • BEAU JARDIN Folding Beach Wagon Cart
  • Uyittour Collapsible Heavy Duty Folding Wagon Cart
  • TIMBER RIDGE Large Capacity Folding Double Decker Wagon
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REUSABLE WATER BOTTLE

Don’t forget to bring a reusable water bottle to the beach especially for the kids. Between the super-hot sun and the salt water, it’s so easy to get dehydrated while at the beach with your family. Make sure to get one that is insulated, durable and easy to clean.

  • YETI Rambler 18 oz Bottle
  • RAYMYLO Insulated Water Bottle
  • IRON °FLASK Sports Water Bottle
  • CIVAGO 32 oz Insulated Water Bottle
  • STANLEY IceFlow Stainless Steel Tumbler
  • Owala FreeSip Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle
  • Hydro Flask Stainless Steel Standard Mouth Water Bottle
  • Coleman FreeFlow Vacuum-Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle

BEACH TOYS

If you have little ones in your family, they will love playing with beach toys. I love to keep an assortment of buckets and shovels for my kids. You can also bring a football or frisbee to keep the older kids entertained.

  • 18-pc Beach Toys
  • Toss and Catch Ball
  • Silicone Beach Toys
  • Collapsible Beach Toys
  • Beach Toy Mesh Beach Bag
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FIRST AID KIT

Having a first aid kit is essential for a beach trip with kids. It’s always good to be prepared. You may not need it but if you do, you’ll be happy you brought it with you to the beach.

  • Protect Life First Aid Kit
  • AMORNING Travel First Aid Kit
  • Water-Resistant Hard Shell First Aid Kit
  • Be Smart Get Prepared 110 pc First Aid Kit
  • Carlebben Medical First Aid Kit Utility Pouch
  • Johnson & Johnson All-Purpose Portable Compact First Aid Kit
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BEACH TOWELS

Make sure to bring enough towels for everyone. No one wants to share a sandy or wet towel with their siblings or parents. A thick beach towel is a must-have for a beach day with the family. They are perfect for drying off as well as laying down on the sand.

  • Utopia Towels
  • Dock & Bay Beach Towel
  • Touchat 2 Pack Beach Towel
  • Fluffy Oversized Beach Towel
  • Exclusivo Mezcla Large Beach Towels
  • Ben Kaufman 100% Cotton Velour Towels
  • Amazon Basics Cabana Stripe Beach Towel
  • LULUHOME Plush Oversized Beach Towel
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INSULATED COOLER

When you have kids, going to the beach without food is not a good idea. I like to pack fruits and other snacks for my kids. Make sure to have a nice, insulated cooler. It needs to be large enough to carry plenty of snacks for the day and keep things cold.

  • YETI Roadie 48 Wheeled Cooler
  • Lanedo Soft-Sided Cooler-Collapsible
  • YETI Tundra Haul Portable Wheeled Cooler
  • Coleman 316 Series Insulated Portable Cooler
  • EVERFUN Small Cooler Bag Insulated Beach Cooler
  • TOURIT Insulated Soft Cooler Large Collapsible Cooler Bag

BEACH BAG

Nothing is more important than bringing a bag to the beach. It will hold most of your beach essentials. A beach bag will also hold important valuables. Make sure you get a bag that is waterproof and doesn’t allow sand to get trapped inside of it.

  • Mesh Sand Free Bag
  • Lubardy Beach Bag
  • Mesh Beach Bag Family
  • Iioscre Mesh Beach Tote Bag
  • GOTDYA Extra Large Beach Bag
  • BOGG BAG Original Waterproof Washable Open Tote
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Here’s a beach check list you can download. If I forgot anything, make sure to leave a comment below!

You can find these adorable beach-themed books on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit a local book shop.

  • Beach Day by Karen Roosa
  • On the Beach by Allison Black
  • Day at the Beach by Tom Booth
  • A Beach Tail by Karen Lynn Williams
  • Sandy Feet! Whose Feet? by Susan Wood
  • This Beach Is Loud! by Samantha Cotterill
  • JoJo & GranGran Go to the Beach by Pat-a-Cake
  • Ty’s Travels: Beach Day! by Kelly Starling Lyons
  • The Sandcastle That Lola Built by Megan Maynor
  • Pete the Cat: Pete at the Beach by James Dean & Kimberly Dean

Here is a list of my favorite beaches in the Tampa Bay area:

  • Siesta Key
  • St. Pete Beach
  • Coquina Beach
  • Clearwater Beach
  • Fort De Soto Park
  • Anna Maria Island
  • Indian Rocks Beach
  • Honeymoon Island State Park
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You can find these adorable summer books for kids on Amazon (As an Amazon Associate, I’ll earn a commission, at no additional cost to you. This only applies if you click through and make a purchase. Thank you for your support!), your local library or visit a local book shop.

  • Camp by Kayla Miller
  • I See Summer by Charles Ghigna
  • Cannonball by Sacha Cotter
  • Summer Is for Cousins by Rajani LaRocca
  • It Began with Lemonade by Gideon Sterer
  • Goldfish on Vacation by Sally Lloyd-Jones
  • Summer: A Pop-Up Book by David A. Carter
  • And Then Comes Summer by Tom Brenner
  • Summer Vacation, Here I Come! by D. J. Steinberg
  • The Wonders of Summer by Kealy Connor Lonning

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