The days of conveniently carrying one beach chair, a towel and a cute beach bag to the beach are mere memories of your time before children. Getting the kids and all of your stuff to the beach takes a bit more planning and thinking outside of the (sand) box. But there are ways to lug less beach gear if you pack the right beach gear. Pack these beach gear essentials for an easy day at the beach.
1. BBLuv Nido 2 in 1 Travel Bed and Play Tent
For new parents, taking a baby to the beach for the first time can be stressful. You want the baby to be comfortable and happy, plus safe from the sun and sand. Enter the BBLuv Nido 2 in 1 Travel Bed and Play Tent. The small, pop-up tent conveniently folds down in seconds and is easy to carry in the included carry bag. Or, it can be placed inside a larger beach bag. The baby sun tent and canopy protects from UVA and UVB rays, in addition to sand, wind and mosquitoes. There is a comfortable mat for babies to lay on and a few removable toys that hang from the canopy.
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2. ZiggyShade Beach SunShade
Baby is shaded, but what about the rest of the fam? Or, are you just looking for a tent everyone can use, baby included? The ZiggyShade Beach SunShade is ideal for the entire family to stay protected from the sun, as the fabric is made from UPF 50-plus material. Four corner pegs are provided, but the sandbag anchors can easily secure the tent as well. Its open-air concept allows it to be wind resistant, and the sandbag anchors help it to stay in place and also make it easily movable as the sun shifts throughout the day. Bonus: it comes with a carrying case that can easily fit into checked luggage or even a carry-on bag if you’re flying to your beach destination.
3. Summer Infant Pop N’ Sit Portable Booster
The Summer Infant Pop N’ Sit Portable Booster is ideal for the baby or small toddler who wants to sit up and see everything that’s going on at the beach. This lightweight, compact fold chair features a BPA-free tray perfect for beach snacks, and there is also a safety harness and storage pocket. The chair, recommended for ages 6 months to 37 pounds, conveniently folds up into an included over-the-shoulder carrying bag.
4. Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon
The Mac Sports Collapsible Folding Outdoor Utility Wagon is a bestseller on Amazon, and it’s no wonder why. This beach cart requires little effort to set up (score!), yet easily folds as little as 8 inches thick to be stored in an accompanying carrying case. The cart can hold up to 150 pounds, and is UV-resistant. It’s also mildew-resistant and easy to clean, and has two cup holders. Note that this beach cart is not designed to hold children.
5. EasyGo High Wind Beach Umbrella
The EasyGo High Wind Beach Umbrella is a solid choice for families wanting a beach umbrella that will stay in place. Sixteen fiberglass ribs make this umbrella durable, and a vented canopy means better air flow. This classic beach umbrella comes with a carrying bag, as well as a heavy duty screw to anchor it into the ground.
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6. Oliasport Metal Beach Umbrella Anchor
If you plan to anchor an umbrella, volleyball net, a flag or even a kite, the Oliasport Metal Beach Umbrella Anchor is essential. The 14-inch metal screw twists into the sand, making it convenient to anchor items. The strong metal promises to anchor items that can withstand winds of up to 60 mph, so there’s no need to worry about your umbrella flying away on a windy beach day!
7. Yeti Roadie 20 Beach Cooler
Ready to invest in a Yeti? The Yeti Roadie 20 Beach Cooler is a great option for the beach, and is guaranteed to keep your drinks ice-cold all day (and night) long. It can fit up to 14 cans (ahem, sippy cups) and weighs about 15 pounds when empty.
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8. Intova Duo Waterproof HD POV Sports Video Camera
Let the kids have some fun with an underwater camera! The Intova Duo Waterproof HD POV Sports Video Camera takes video and still images and can be used on land or in the water. The camera is housed in a compact, durable, waterproof case that floats. The LCD screen viewfinder can reach depths of 100 feet. It comes with a rechargeable battery; a micro SD card is not included.
9. Beach Builder Create-A-Sand Castle Building Kit
If the kids want to build the ultimate sandcastle, they will need the ultimate Beach Builder Create-A-Sand Castle Building Kit! The 18-piece sandcastle kit comes in an easy carry bag and is filled with molds and tools to build unique sandcastles in various sizes. The kit does not include any shovels and beach buckets, however, so you’ll have to bring those along. Recommended for ages 3 and up.