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Baby and Toddler Beach Must Haves

Packing up to hit the beach with kids is no easy task!! My kids could live at the beach if I let them, so I decided to round up all of my favorite items for when we hit the beach in this baby beach must-haves post!

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baby boy on the beach on gathre mat with Logan and lenora bag
Baby boy here is sitting on a Gathre mat with a Logan and Lenora bag.

Beach Must Haves for Baby and Kids

My husband and I LOVE the beach.  When we were newlyweds we moved to Destin, FL for a year and truly soaked up that beach life.  We also got married in a beach wedding – so getting our kids to the beach often is so important to us. 

We tend to be at the beach 2 -4 times a year, and have been doing that since we had our first baby 8 years ago.  Over time I have really streamlined what we take and how we do things.  

Nothing like carrying kids when its 100 degrees to make you figure out the best way to function on the beach!

Toddler Boy running on beach

In this post I will talk about great options for your beach vacation whether you are flying or driving. – the reality of it is, if you are flying there are things you need to leave behind, and if you are driving I would definitely say make the space in your car for everything I recommend. 

Packing up for the beach is so much work! Add kids and babies into the mix and it doesn’t get any easier.  I have 4 kids, and we head to the beach a few times a year, so I feel like I have truly mastered the art of what to take (and what not to take) over time.

I tried to include some options that are more compact if you are flying, as well as options that are even more desirable if you are driving and have a bit more space.  

Baby and toddler beach must haves

What to pack when flying to the beach with kids?

Beach trips are a bit more complicated if you are flying, but I learned a couple of things a few years ago when we hit the beach for just a few hours on a short trip to California.

If you aren’t going to be spending a ton of time on the beach, but want to still help your kids enjoy the time. Have only the essentials.  

You will want a bag of some sorts – the bag in this post is my favorite beach bag because it’s huge, but it has waterproof pockets and such that makes it take over the need for wet bags and such!

Another great option is the Bogg Bag. They are an investment item, but well worth it!

The small towel is also super helpful to have on hand. It won’t take up a ton of room in your bag! I also always make the Sonder sand proof mat work – we honestly use this mat in the airport to sit on floors, or in the hotel room for little ones on the carpet, so you will use it multiple times!

Then go to the dollar store and grab a couple of spoons and disposable pie dishes and such – spend less than $5 and use those items instead of shovels and such.  That way your kids can play but you aren’t wasting a lot of money on items you can’t take home. 

You can also grab things like spoons and cups from a continental breakfast to use.  Kids just want items to dig with – so anything that can be used then thrown away is great. 

That said – if you will be spending more of your trip at the beach, I suggest taking many more of the suggestions below into consideration!!

little girl in yellow swimsuit playing on beach

What do you need for a family beach trip?

I own every item in the image below, and truly love them.  Aside from the wagon we take everything EVERY TIME we go to the beach whether we are flying or driving.  I think when you travel, sometimes making room for the things that are really needed is smart no matter what it takes up space wise!

baby girl in pool float

I am working on a pool favorites post,  but in the mean time – I wanted to share a baby pool float that we got for our baby girl this year that is a game changer!!

Honestly I am so mad we didn’t have it with our older 3 kids.  They can use it in several ways, and our baby girl LOVED it. 

baby girl in mint pool float

And now finally to the beach favorites !!

All items available via Amazon are also linked in my Beach and Pool Favorites section in my Amazon storefront!

Beach Favorites

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Baby Beach Must Haves

  1. Small shammy style towels are a must have. They take up much less room!!
  2. Snack stackers for snacks
  3. The BevPod is my new MVP. Instead of lugging a large cooler, this holds the perfect amount of cans (10!) for a day at the beach.
  4. If you are taking food or not – Bring some collapsible containers with lids – you can use the containers and the lids as trays for your kids to eat on and keep sand out of their food.
  5. Sandscreen is a talc free, reef friendly sand removal bag
  6. As moms we almost always have our phones out and handy – this pouch will keep your phone dry and free from sand.
  7. This is the best compact fan I’ve tried. Perfect for little ones to sit in front of.
  8. This compact pump is perfect for inflatable toys!
  9. This durable mat is perfect for hanging beachside
  10. If you don’t want tot take a full on beach tent – this little thing allows you to put some water in the dip for a baby to stay cool without taking them in the water. 
  11. I keep a durable bag on hand to keep goggles together.
  12. Baby powder puff – the most effective way to remove sand from little hands
  13. Bags for dirty diapers  or trash – but especially diapers!!!
  14. Bogg Bag – worth the hype and the cost when you pick up the bag and see all the sand just fall out as you walk off the beach or when you wipe off all the spilled snacks with a wet wipe.
  15. These small little towels are great for keeping yourself or your kids cool. Simply get them wet and put them on your neck and it will keep you/them so much cooler.
  16. Silicone makeup sponge holder – apply sunscreen with a makeup sponge and put it in this holder to keep the mess out of your bag and sand free
  17. These silicone brushes help so so much in taking the sand off! (if you have a surgical sponge it also works great!)
  18. Collapsible buckets which will make your trip from the car much happier
  19. This small pump is perfect for sunscreen. It releases a small amount so your kids don’t waste an entire expensive tube of sunscreen.
  20. Brush on Mineral Sunscreen – the ease of application CANNOT BE BEAT and is the only way I can apply sunscreen to my kids scalp.
  21. Convertible beach chair/wagon – there is no other way to do a solo parenting beach day with all the kids
  22. And don’t forget the beauty blenders to easily apply sunscreen to your little ones’ faces. These come with a case + a drying holder.
  23. These bags are perfect if you don’t want to take all the sand home with you.
baby and mom on gathre mat at beach | Baby and Toddler Beach Must Haves

Other Travel Posts

Below are some other travel posts that you might find helpful if you are beach bound in the near future! 

Tips Tricks and Hacks as well as my favorite items from Amazon for travel!

Road trip favorites with kids

Flying Favorites with kids

kids in Keenz stroller wagon | Baby and Toddler Beach Must Haves

Pin the Photo Below for later

Hopefully you feel more prepared for the beach with your kids, and you enjoyed my Beach favorites for kids and babies. Be sure to pin the photo below for later, and if you don’t follow me on Instagram (@arinsolange) and Tik Tok (@arinsolange) for more fun!

Beach Favorites

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