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Family Beach Bag Essentials When You Travel with Toddlers

Below we present what we take to the beach on our holidays for two adults and our Boys, aged 2 and 4. You can be sure that on our family beach bag essentials list you’ll find only essentials, basics, and no heavy, fancy, unnecessary gadgets because the packing is done by the Active Mom who is a minimalist for years.

List of active family beach bag essentials

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Beach gear

Here is what we take to create our space to sit, lay down or eat, protected from the sun.

1 | woolen blanket

We take the one we use normally at home on the couch. If you’re looking for a woolen blanket dedicated to outdoors lovers, perfect for camping, check this one.
2 | beach umbrella in easy carry bag

The main function of it is creating shade. And when we’re talking about sun protection – if you’re buying a new umbrella, check its UPF protection.

3 | beach windscreen

We had exactly this windscreen from the photo. It was available for free in the tiny houses one of which we’ve rented.

4 | towel

You probably don’t need it if the water is too cold to play in it and you only soak your feet or legs in the sea. We were on the Baltic Sea coast in June, so… almost no bathing there.

Take just one of your normal bath towels. No need for beach towels.

Toys

We took a full set of beach/sandbox toys for our holidays. But then I thought that as a parent, I have enough tasks and I don’t want to collect so many little toys when we are coming back from the beach. So finally we were taking only four items with us and Boys never complained that they want more. The power of nature, the amounts of sand and water – it’s more interesting to play with than little plastic shapes. What were we taking?

5 | two buckets and two shovels

This is enough to dig, build and play with water for hours and days.

Sun protection


6 | caps with neck protection for Boys

7 | Dad’s cap and sunglasses

8 | Mom’s beach hat, sunglasses, and scarf for the arms

9 | Raspberry seed oil

Clothes


10 | Sweatshirts for everyone when we’re not sure if it won’t be windy or a bit cold when we’ll stay longer. I put sweatshirts on our Boys also when they want to sleep in the stroller or on the blanket. When you don’t move, you feel like it would be colder.

11 | Additional shirts, panties, and pants for kids in case they get wet.

12 | Socks for the Younger in case he’d sleep in the stroller.

Family Beach Bag Essentials When You Travel with Toddlers - beach with little kids

Food & drink


13 | water (consider a refillable bottle instead of buying lots of little plastic bottles)


14 | snacks (sweet rolls, rice cakes, bananas, apples, dry smoked sausages)

Remember to avoid chocolate, icing and other additives that could make a dirty mess in your bag, on other things and your fingers.

Other


15 | a trash bag (a reusable one to take food leftovers)

Having mesh cotton reusable bags is a good idea not only for less waste grocery shopping but also for packing snacks for trips and then for taking food leftover to a trash bin.

16 | kitchen cotton towels or paper towels

Simply to wipe hands or to put fruits in the towel instead of in the cotton bag.

But with toddlers who don’t yet control their toilet needs, have paper towels among your family beach bag essentials. They may be useful too 😉

17 | Active Mom’s bag with woman bag essentials (phone, money, documents, tissues, keys) and our money and documents, and Husband’s wallet (men, don’t do it!).

Out trick for multi-purpose family beach bag essentials


Active Mom’s multi-purpose beach scarf

It can cover her arms to avoid too much sun and when she’s in the umbrella’s shade it can be used as a pillow or additional blanket.

This all is packed in a rucksack and bigger items (the windscreen, umbrella, blanket and toys) are transported on our running stroller.