What’s summer vacation without a family trip to the beach? A day on the shore can provide multi-sensory experiences for children, which are both fun and essential for their development. However, between the struggles of keeping everyone covered in sunscreen and the lack of convenient restrooms, bringing little ones to the beach can be a bit challenging. That’s why it’s important to have everything you need (and then some) before you set foot on the sand.
Lucky for you, we’ve thought of all the things you’ll need for a trip to the beach this season, even if you’ll have little ones in tow. From swimsuits to snacks, sun protection, and beach toys, our packing list is sure to set your family up for a great day by the sea.
Your little girl is going to love the swimsuit options we have for her this season! Cabana Life girls’ swimwear offers as much comfort, style, and functionality as our women’s pieces. Whether she’s donning a tankini or a one-piece, she’ll feel great and look it, too!
As for the boys, swim trunks are a must-have. They’re comfortable, breathable, and come in a multitude of fun colors and patterns. Plus, with their quick-drying material, your little guy can go from the surf to the ice cream stand in a matter of minutes.
Few things are more difficult than convincing a group of antsy kiddos to take a break from beach fun and apply more sunscreen. Our secret? Sun-protective rashguards. Simply outfit your crew in these functional swim shirts and voilà – they’ll have reliable sun protection that won’t budge, no matter how hard they play.
3. Sun Hats
Ears, noses, and scalps are some of the most common places to get a sunburn – especially because they are easily missed during sunscreen application. And while it may be tempting to keep your little one safely under the umbrella all day, where’s the fun in that? Luckily, with a waterproof sun hat, your kids can take the shade with them wherever they go. Plus, these sun-safe options are nothing short of adorable – and look great in pictures too!
4. A Beach Tent
Taking a break in the shade is important for beachgoers of all ages – and a beach tent is the perfect shady oasis for long days on the sand! With a UPF 50+ tent, your kids can nap, enjoy a snack, or play with toys while staying cool and protected from the sun.
5. A Beach Bag
We’ll admit that this one made the list solely to make your life easier. So, for that, you’re welcome! A classic beach bag is something you just can't go wrong with, especially when its only purpose is to tote all of your little one’s things down to the waterside. Opt for a tote that can fit everything – from beach toys to snacks, water bottles, and a change of clothes – you’ll be set for the day.
6. Swimming Vests
Spending a day at the beach can be tons of fun for every member of the family. However, while you’re out there enjoying the sun, surf, and sand, it’s important to keep water safety in mind. For young beachgoers who are new to the water, we recommend swimming vests. These floaties are more comfortable than traditional armbands, so your kids can splash and play while staying safe in the water.
In addition to keeping your kids safe in the water, sun safety is another major concern to have on your radar during beach days. No matter what else you pack for a day at the beach, always protect your family by bringing ample sun protection. Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher to keep your entire crew free of painful sunburns. And be sure to reapply every two hours (or more frequently if your little ones have been swimming).
8. Snacks and Drinks
Chances are, if you’re spending hours at the beach, someone in your family is going to get hungry. And, sometimes, rounding up the whole gang to grab a bite at a restaurant proves impossible. Instead, grab a cooler, fill it with ice, and pack it to the brim with juice boxes, waters, crackers, fruits, and whatever else your little ones love. That way, the seaside fun can last all day long without any hangry meltdowns (which we totally understand).
Goggles are a must-have for all aspiring mermaids and deep-sea divers. These beach accessories give your little ones a clear view of all the treasures that are sitting just below the surface – and help them avoid the stinging feeling that comes from opening your eyes underwater. Plus, many swim goggles are also UV-protective to keep little eyes safe from the sun!
10. Beach Toys
From shovels for sandcastle-making to innertubes for floating in the waves, no beach day is complete without an arsenal of fun toys to play with. Pack as many in your beach bag as you can, and you’re ready to go! Trust us, you won’t regret it when your kiddos are completely occupied and you can dive into your latest beach read.Armed with our list of what to pack for a beach vacation, you and your family can have tons of fun soaking up the sun. But before you head out the door, it’s important to make sure everyone has reliable sun protection. Luckily, Cabana Life is here to help. Browse our selection of UPF 50+ beach and swimwear for the whole family!