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I remember when (before I was married or had any children) I would ride my bike the 7 miles to the beach early in the morning and lay out on a towel in the sun. All I needed was a book and something to eat and drink and I would chill for however long I wanted.
Now I have three kids and how I feel about the beach has changed a little bit. I have always disliked the sand and the salty feeling I have on my skin afterwards. Now I also dislike having to carry stuff for other people, bring all sorts of snacks and things, and chase down little kids every two seconds.
My children however, love the beach. They love to play in the sand, maybe swim in the water if it is calm enough, and it’s always a dramatic exit from the area until they fall asleep in the car.
I am a minimalist (or try to be) and it can be very hard to keep the bags and piles of stuff to a minimum when going to the beach with children. It gets me annoyed just thinking about all he crap that we have dragged to the beach when there is an easier way.
I want to share some tips that I use when going to the beach with kids and hopefully there will be something useful in here for you! Please feel free to share your best minimalist or organization tips for a family beach trip in the comments section below.
Lets face it, we do not have enough hands to lug all the stuff to the sand when we also have at least one little kid running around. I use my stroller just to get the kids to the car sometimes. So why not corral a kid or all the beach junk in a really awesome fold-able wagon? Using one of these leaves me with easily free hands to grab a kid if necessary. With three young kids I definitely need one of these for all the towels and gear so I can keep an eye on those little guys.
I used to stuff everything into one big bag for the beach but then I would lose a lot of things. I’d rummage through the bag unable to find what I was looking for. Now, I am a firm believer that having two bags for the beach is a better option until my kids can carry their own junk.
One bag is for personal items like wallet, keys, sunscreen, phone, maybe extra clothing, etc. Get this blue though, so you can keep snacks in the lower compartment and maybe have less sand get in there. Plus, afterwards you can put wet stuff in there.
The other bag you want is a simple mesh one that will hold all the toys your kids will play with. I’ve also seen people use a cheap laundry bag (keep in mind that these will wear out pretty quick).
You don’t need any lotion, lipstick, or random crap. Maybe a chap stick with spf in it but really you wont use most things that you keep in your everyday purse. PS please remember diapers and wipes (and plastic bags to wrap dirty ones in)!
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