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Get Outside and Play | Family Beach Day Essentials
This week our family has been soaking up the sun at our favorite beach resort. Every year we look forward to a full week in Carlsbad where we get outside and play in the sandy beach and salty water. This year I planned ahead and brought our beach bag already packed so it would be easy to get to the beach quickly with out family beach day essentials. Headphones, snacks and drinks, boogie boards and sand toys, sun care essentials and T-Rex tape added to our fun this week.
Little sister had her own plans for family beach day essentials. Her only priority was making sure she snuck her favorite mermaid dress up outfit in her suitcase. Mission accomplished and she had the best beach mermaid day ever jumping waves with a mermaid tail.
Family Beach Day Essentials
Just like at home, playing at the beach has us ping ponging from one activity to the next. Just when you get settled into your comfy beach chair with a book while little sister is building sand castles nearby, she’s ready to jump waves in the water again. A podcast or favorite music while still being able to listen to my daughters is possible with AfterShokz Trekz Air headphones because they are open-ear allowing you to hear it all. Lightweight and comfortable, you won’t even notice you’re wearing them.
Trekz Air are great for all elements including beach sand, water, sweat and dirt. The headphones are available in Midnight Blue, Forest Green, Slate Gray, or our favorite Canyon Red. The bud-free listening experience is designed titanium everywhere possible to ensure they not only fit more securely but sound better. Enjoy your time at the beach while still being able to hear your children as they play too.
During some of her earliest toddler visits to the beach, our youngest daughter developed a love for smashing sand castles. Mostly it was smashing sand castles other people had built and left on the beach. She is such a spirited kid and it took years for us to get her to only want to smash her own creations. This week at the beach she spent hours building complex castles so she spend an amazing 60 seconds stomping through them.
Snacks and Drinks
Our beach days in Carlsbad have been long but even on the visits we only plan to be at the beach for an hour, snacks and drinks are essential. We bring water in our refillable water bottles and sometimes bring along a few extra beverages.
I remember when I was a child my grandmother had a bottle of fermenting tea under her kitchen sink. She said it helped her feel nice everyday. Turns out, she was onto something, she was making her own form of Kombucha. While making your own is surely not recommended, you can enjoy different varieties from Brew Dr Kombucha. This week we brought Clear Mind and Strawberry Basil along to the beach.
- Clear Mind is a botanical flavor with notes of rosemary and sage. Each herb in the recipe has been used for mental clarity and focus.
- Strawberry Basil is this year’s summer seasonal variety and combines high-quality green tea with strawberries and two types of basil. It’s light and fizzy, perfect for a warm beach day.
Kombucha is a fermented tea. Our kombucha is live and active, 100% RAW and unpasteurized. Contrary to others, Brew Dr Kombucha is non-alcoholic as it’s made with a non-heat distillation to gently extract the alcohol but keep the goodness.
I have a cooler full of kids snacks like yogurt and crackers and then bring along some other snack items purposely to help replenish our bodies for an active day. Skratch Labs anytime energy bars, sport energy chews, sport hydration drink mixes and sport recovery drink mixes are great for an active day on the beach. All that playing in the sun makes for a solid workout and it’s easy to forget to stay hydrated.
- Anytime Energy Bars are plant-based protein and energy made with quinoa, brown rice crisps and nut butter.
- Sport Energy Chews are made with real fruit and covered in powdered sugar instead of wax or oil. They provide a slow drip energy so you don’t crash.
- Sport Hydration Drink Mixes has an electrolyte level similar to that of a national sports drink. It’s made with natural cane sugar, real fruit and nothing artificial. Even when you’re not sweating you’re losing moisture and this hydration mix puts back the essential ingredients.
- Sport Recovery Drink Mixes are perfect right after a workout or race to help you recover faster. A family beach day with children typically is a workout so this drink mix is great at the end of your visit.
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Boogie Boards and Sand Toys
We often stay at a beach resort where boogie boards and sand toys are provided at no additional cost. The convenience is spectacular because you simply check out the items on the beach and don’t have to carry them to and from your room. However, sometimes on busy days the boogie boards and toys are all checked out by the time we arrive. A couple of years ago we purchased our oldest daughter her own boogie board to alleviate not being able to rent one during the busier times of year. Little sister doesn’t quite have her own yet but she’s been too busy working on sand castles to mind.
Sun Care Essentials
Skip the added complaining and put sunscreen on your children before arriving to the beach. Pack it along for another application throughout the day. Regardless if my daughters agree to wear them initially hats for the entire family are in our beach bag too. An umbrella is a great way to add shade to your seats on the beach and are another item we rent from the beach resort during our stays.
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We added another layer of creativity to the sand castle building with T-Rex Tape. Taping together sand castle molds was so much fun but definitely not an option with your everyday tape from the utility drawer at home. T-Rex Tape is a ferociously strong tape built for intense holding power. It’s meant to tackle long lasting repairs and great on DIY projects. The double thick adhesive holds up in about any climate and environmental condition. It’s also strong enough to stick through dirt and other elements like sand on the beach. Imagine the sand castle possibilities if you could strap the molds, cups and other items together!
This week we’ve spent more time on the beach than previous summer vacations and our daughters are loving their time here. Having our family beach day essentials packed in a bag before arriving made it extra easy to get outside and play.
More summer packing ideas
- All the things you always forget on road trips
- Water Park Bag Essentials for Kids
- Water Park Bag Essentials for Infants
What does your family bring to the beach?