T minus 6 weeks until we leave this great Canadian winter for sunny Florida…woot woot! I love heading to the beach with the kids. It’s so laid back and relaxing. The kids stay busy playing in the sand and water all day long. But getting there fully prepared is a different story. It’s so hectic trying to pack beach bags and trying to not forget anything. I’ve made a list of my top 10 favourite beach items I never want to leave without.
1. Zinka Colored nosecoat
How awesome is this sunscreen? Available in a variety of colors from California based company Zinka. This stuff is a hit with surfers, volleyball players, and beachgoers. What kid wouln’t love this? The best part is that it is visible on skin, so you know what’s been covered.
I’m not sure my kids would want their whole body covered in this. They’d look like gummy bears. But, I think this would be great in areas that are prone to burn (nose, cheeks, ears, ets). Or even pace painting with sunscreen.
In the past I had used disposables before I discovered these reusable swim diapers from iplay. These are amazing. For the price of 2 packages of swim diapers you have one of these reusables that you can use time and time again. Plus they’re better for the environment.
Love these hats. They have a breathable mesh rim around the top to allow air flow. The UPF 50+ rating provides the protection your little one needs from the sun.
Available here from Sundayafternoons.com in super cute boy and girl patterns for $26 (on sale now for $20.80)
7. Waterproof Shoes
These waterproof sandals from Keen are the best. They are the Keen Newport H2. I prefer to use a multipurpose sandal like this rather than just a watershoe because it’s durable, great quality, and fast drying, you can wear them right out of the water.
As much as I love the beach, I hate the sand that follows you home. It ends up everywhere. Especially with kids. The Shake tote has a mesh bottom that allows you to place your belongings inside and then you can open a flap at the botom to dump out any sand that settles. Genius.