Must-Have Packing List for End-of-Summer Beach Trips with a Baby
August 31, 2018
With Labor Day weekend just around the corner, many new moms many want to take one last trip to the beach with their families. Enjoying some much-needed downtime on a beautiful beach is the perfect way to end a glorious summer.
There are a few things you’ll need to bring, of course. Packing for a day away from home with a new baby can seem overwhelming. Here is a list of things to include when you pack for your trip:
For the Car:
- A change of clothes for every member of the family
- A lint roller and small brush to remove sand from feet and the car
- Bottled water Aloe
- Lightweight blankets and small pillows for the ride home
- Basic first-aid kit
For the beach:
- A mesh tote bag for shoes, towels and beach toys
- Multiple snacks in small containers
- Twice as many diapers as you think you’ll need and a full container of wipes
- Non-toxic sunscreen and sunscreen that’s specially formulated for babies
- Hats, sunglasses and a lightweight cover-up for sun protection
- Non-toxic bug spray
- Light-colored, long-sleeve tee shirts for babies and young children
- Pop-up tent
- Waterproof beach blanket
- Kid cooler
- Front carrier for walks on the beach
- Parent-only beach bag for personal items, keys and wallet
- Prescription medications
- Prenate® vitamins
- Portable phone charger
- Antibacterial wipes for pre-snack hand cleanup
Here are a few hacks to make your final summer trip to the beach a breeze
Put a small flotation device on your keys; as soon as you are out of the car, stow them in the “parents only” bag.
Stuff a few plastic grocery bags in the bottom of your tote. They are great to have when it’s time to gather your trash or separate wet and dry clothing. A plastic grocery bag also provides sanitary storage for a dirty diaper until you can find a trash can.
When walking along the beach, especially if you have a baby in a front carrier, be sure to protect your feet with water shoes. Flip flops can catch on seaweed or debris and cause you to trip and fall. This is especially important when you have a baby in a carrier because you can’t see your feet or the area directly in front of you.
Freeze water bottles the night before your trip to stash in the bottom of your coolers. The bottles will help keep food cold and will give you a day’s worth of cold water as the ice thaws.
Playing at the beach makes kids and adults extra hungry. Bring more snacks than you think you’ll need.
When you get to the beach, pick a spot in the sand beside or behind the lifeguard station so your children can easily find you if they go exploring. Bring along a “landmark” like a bright yellow umbrella or a tall flag to make it even easier to locate home base.
Store your sunscreen in the cooler if it’s a hot day at the beach. When you reapply, it will feel refreshing.
For the most thorough protection, apply sunscreen 30 minutes before enjoying the sun.1 If you have impatient children with you, it can be difficult to get them to hold still at the beach. Some families find that pulling over at a nearby rest area to use the bathrooms and apply sunscreen helps make the transition from car to the beach easier on everyone.
The beach is a great place to relax and enjoy nature. With just a bit of preparation, you’ll have everything you need to make the most of your final beach excursion.
Of course, remember to pack your Prenate® vitamins for your trip. The Prenate® family of vitamins offers nutritional support for women during pre-conception, pregnancy and breastfeeding.