16 June 2014

Family Beach Bag Essentials

*This post is sponsored by Huggies

Seattle might be known for it's rain, but I'll tell you one thing, our Summers are incredible. You really can't beat a Pacific Northwest Summer!! Another great thing about WA State, is all of the natural lakes and beaches we have here! Just a 30 minute drive in any direction and I could end up at 6 different lakes. I'm so thankful to live in an area with so many options and places to go! This year already, we've visited Discovery Park, Lake Wilderness as well as took a trip to Lake Chelan!

My boys are definitely water babies. During the Summer, we probably hit the beach at least once a week. But I'll be honest, with 2 kids... there's a lot of stuff to bring. I generally just keep a beach bag packed and in the car ready to go so I don't  have to think about it before we leave.


Beach Bag // I actually have that exact black & white beach bag! I got it from Jane.com and LOVE it!

Flip Flops // These are a MUST for me. I need something I can slip on and off easily, but don't care if they get dirty.

Sunscreen // I prefer Banana Boat, specifically the spray kind. Ain't no one got time to squeeze it out of the bottle and spend 5 minutes trying to rub in and spread evenly! The spray stuff is just so much easier! I keep one in my beach bag, and one in my car at all times.

Oversized Beach Towels // I LOVE big huge beach towels. I got this one from Costco! Highly recommend.

Swim Trunks // Those two pairs of swim trunks you see up there are the boys' new suits for this year! Scored them at Old Navy for $5 each :-)

Swim Diapers // Gotta keep several of these on hand while at the beach. My littlest has a thing where he loves to pooh in public. But what are you gonna do?

Sunglasses for Mom & Kiddos // I'm weird about sunglasses, I pretty much can't function without them if it's at all sunny. I have like 4 different pairs spread throughout the house, my car, my bag... etc. Gotta cover my bases. I also pack some for the kids. Easton doesn't usually wear his, but Bennett prefers to wear sunglasses most of the time.

Water Bottle // Hydration... enough said.

Snacks // I tend to pack bananas because they're easy and filling. Sometimes I'll throw some peanut butter crackers or a snack bar in the bag as well.

Sand Toys // My kids are perfectly content sitting on the beach for hours, as long as they have a bucket and shovel, they're good to go.

EOS Lip Balm // No one likes chapped lips, right?

iPhone // No explanation needed.

Huggies Clutch 'n' Clean Wipes // For the messes!! And with kids, it's inevitable. Between the sand, banana faces, and snotty noses, I always come armed with a ridiculous amount of wipes. And like I said.. I wouldn't doubt I'll be dealing with a dirty diaper at some point while at the beach... so yah.


But let's talk about wipes for a minute. They are universal. I use them for EVERYTHING. Like a few of the other products I mentioned, I keep my Huggies wipes handy. I probably have a package of them in every single room of the house, plus some in my purse, the car & the beach bag.

I recently discovered the Huggies Clutch 'n' Clean Wipes, have you seen them?! They are adorable!! They come in three different designs -- which is awesome since clearly, I carry them everywhere with me, I can at least have a cute little clutch to carry them in.

Love that they have this handy dandy strap attached to the clutch, so that I can hang them from my car seat for ultimate convenience! This is my favorite design, but click here to peek at the other cute stylish designs!



So tell me, what are your beach bag essentials??


27 comments:

jen said...

The older the kids get, the easier packing the beach bag gets. Our pool is finally open with their summer hours and my bag is always ready to go w/ towels, a bucket w/ water toys (lots to throw for them to dive for) and we always pack our lunch/snacks. Obviously, we all wear flip flops to the pool and my bag always has some hand sanitizer.

We are ready for summer!

Censie Sawyer said...

We do not have a beach close but when we head to the mountains we always need wipes! Especially when we make Smores! ;)

Gretchen said...

I love the strap and how functional it is! Perfect for the beach ... and everything else!

Stories of Kel said...

ahh this makes me want to go to the lake! so much fun, always.

Betsy said...

this is definitely the essentials! i can't wait for some beach time this year!

Meg O. said...

I seriously can't get enough of those Huggies wipes...how did I live before them?! They are so darn handy!!!

Miranda Myrabev said...

Absolutely love that iPhone is needed x

Jamie F said...

I am so adding these to my beach bag essentials!

Taneja's Bride said...

I'd love to visit Seattle - I love rain and I love the Pacific wind (mostly, ocean air!). This is a great checklist! <3

Cori George said...

Someday we'll have kids and my bag is going to get A LOT heavier!! :)

Logan Cantrell said...

I haven't seen the clutch wipes! I will definitely be going to buy some before our beach trip!

Christine Mondy said...

Yay for our summers here! I think next weekend we are planning a trip to Ocean Shores for the first time this summer. I would love to see Lake Chelan.

Life with Amberly said...

All great ideas!! :) I'm pinning this for a future beach vacation.

Lara Becar said...

I'm always guaranteed to forget the sunscreen :P

Caity O'Shaughnessy said...

That chevron bag and those polka dot flip flops are the cutest!

Leanna Ranieri said...

I loves this! I like to use the Honest Companys sunscreen even though its a rub in!

Carly said...

I want to get little swimmers for our daughter, but they don't make them in a small enough size!

Rebekah Clarke said...

I love that clutch! We don't have any beaches close by. Wish we did, we'd spend every day there!

Kristine@thefoleyfam said...

I can't wait to find the clutch and go wipes! Holy cuteness! Wipes are a def necessity for our family, and the cuteness factor is just an added bonus!

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celery and cupcakes said...

Love that beach bag, such a cool print. I would also pack some magazines too. :-)

Trisha B said...

I absolutely love everything! They are all great summer essentials!

Laura Elizabeth said...

I used to live in Dallas, nowhere near a beach, and now I'm only two hours away. Still don't go, but I love this list!

Alicia Snow said...

I am loving those sunglasses!! And how can you not have a pair of polka dotted flip flops?

Ashley Nicholas said...

Such great ideas!

Tania T said...

Oh Summer In Greece!When we had a day off, everybody goes to the beaches and usually we go for all the day.So we need these things you said plus a good hat,gossip magazines,crossword puzzles,ice tea and sandwiches.Of course your favorite jean shorts or caftan.Least but not last swimming glasses.As you understand one bag isn't enough.Maybe per person!!

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Cam said...

I have all of this in my bag and can't wait to hit the beach!