When taking a trip to the beach, we always come to a moment that has us saying, "Dang, I wish I would have done this beforehand."

Worry not, I have a checklist of helpful tips to remember when taking a trip to the beach that I have acquired over the years.

1. Pack individual snacks

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This can be a game changer for families of little ones. Not only does is save space in the ice chest or snack bag, but it helps to prevent the "MOM HE'S EATING ALL THE DORITIOS!" One great way to do this is packing a quart sized Ziploc with the goodies you and your family love.


 

2. Freeze water bottles

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Freezing water bottles to add to the ice chest will come in handy for ice packs. It's no secret that you will be sweating buckets on the sand and an ice pack can go a long way for cooling down. It will also be refreshing when it melts.


 

3. Take the wagon

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Not the little red kind, either. One of the biggest hurdles when trekking to the best spot on the beach is lugging around all of the gear, food and drinks. You can only carry so many bags at one time and they get a little heavy. This is where a more industrial wagon comes in handy with wheels that will move through the sand with ease.


 

4. Skip the juice boxes

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The ice chest will likely be loaded down and the cardboard the juice boxes are made of likely won't do well under the pressure. To save a mess, maybe try to fill empty water bottles with a juice of choice.


 

5. Pack a spray bottle of water

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This will be another cool down method, especially for the little ones. You can double up and pack it in the ice chest for even more refreshment.


 

6. Baby powder

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Did you know that baby powder helps remove sand? The beach is great, but no one like having sand hands when trying to snack. What's better is that is doesn't create a mess.


 

7. Capri Sun Slushies

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These will be a hit with the kids. Stick the capri sun pouches in the freezer the night before and you will have a tasty and fun treat for everyone during the day.


 

8. Bring lavender

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Essential oils are great for more than just diffusing. Lavender is great to keep skin healthy and can serve as a great treatment after a day in the sun.

Do you have any other helpful beach tips?

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