I remember not too many years ago I would pack my tiny beach bag with my sunglasses and sunscreen and be on my way…now I have a toddler. Which means I need to pack everything I could possibly need for any situation that I might encounter on a beach trip with toddlers.
We are headed south for a beach trip in August with the family and I could not be any more excited. Especially since neither Brandon or B have ever been on a beach vacation. Packing for this trip is going to be a little bit more tricky than it used to be, but I feel prepared. As prepared as I will ever be with a toddler 😉
So what do I pack for a beach trip with toddlers? Here is my list!
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For the drive
Movie watching device (get this kid proof case!)- In case of emergencies we will be breaking out the iPad games and movies 😉
For the beach
Swimsuits- Yes plural because with toddlers you never know! haha
Swim diapers– extra.
Snacks- I will pack sandwiches for lunch and other hydrating snacks like sliced fruit.
(I suggest this cooler. It’s pricey, but will keep your ice for days! Way worth it and can be used for things like sporting events and future vacations.)
Drinks– Water, water, and more water. It’s so easy to get dehydrated at the beach so make sure you and your kiddos are drinking water!
Hats– To keep the sun out of their eyes and prevent sunburns on their face, ears, and neck.
Umbrella– Everyone will need a break from the sun eventually.
Water shoes– The sand can get extremely hot! Some beaches also will have sharp shells that might bother your toddler’s feet.
Large beach towels– For both drying off and laying on the beach.
After the beach
Aloe vera– In case of sunburn.
Other outfits- For dinners or hanging out at the hotel. Don’t forget to pack double the clothes if you don’t have a way to wash outfits. Toddlers have a tendency to be messy!
Light jacket- Evening beach walks can get chilly.
Little toys from home
Bath supplies- Toothbrush, toothpaste, hairbrush, and travel bath washes.
Playpen- If your toddler doesn’t sleep with you.
“Lovey”- If your toddler has a blanket, pillow, or stuffed animal that they are attached to you better not forget it!
Baby monitor- If they aren’t sleeping in the same room as you.
First aid kit- Teething medicine, band aids, fever medicine, or anything that will prepare you for an emergency. We have a small make up bag filled with things like this that stays in our daughter’s diaper bag at all times.
What do you pack for a beach trip with toddlers?