No matter what time of the year it is, it is never too early to begin planning for your summer getaway. Admittedly, the thought of going out with the little ones can be daunting at first; the logistics of travelling with kids is often anything but straightforward.
We understand the struggles that Australian parents go through when going to the beach with kids. There are so many things to do before, during, and after going to the beach. A lot of extra items are required, not to mention the tidy up afterwards.
We have compiled a list of some of the essential items you will need this summer.
When it comes to visiting the beach this summer, one of the top tips is to pack compactly and lightly. It is a tricky art that will take a while to master.
Young families with babies need a trustworthy and safe baby car seat while traveling, as well as adequate protection for their little ones, when out on foot. Lightweight capsules and prams will make transporting your little bundle of joy easier, allowing you and your family to make the most of your time together at the beach.
No matter how nervous you are about your upcoming trip to the beach, you need to understand that numerous parents have gone through the processes you are going through now.
Join relevant platforms or support groups and do not be shy about asking for tips, or help.
Umbrellas serve as your first line of defence against the sun while at the beach; you may decide to include both a handheld umbrella as well as a larger one to cover the entire family.
Umbrellas are versatile, and you will appreciate the shade they provide. Keep your little ones in the shade as much as possible.
Sun Protection Swimwear
When you visit the beach this summer, you can be sure of a few things. You are going to have a good time. You are going to feel the sand between your feet while enjoying the sweet smell of the ocean, and you are going to be exposed to the sun, a lot.
To protect yourself and your family, you will need sun protection swimwear. Boardshorts, hats, UV suits, sun shirts, bathers and the likes that offer at least UPF 50 protection and chlorine resistance. Your family needs to wear UV resistant clothes; this is especially true for infants while in their baby capsules.
Before leaving for the beach, ensure that you fill up as many bottles with water as you can. These will come in handy during the sweltering heat of summer.
To get the most out of this process, you can freeze your water bottles the night before, so they stay cold for at least part of the day.
Before you head out to the beach, ensure everyone knows what they are in charge of and what is expected of them. The last thing you want is to get to the beach and have to deal with every little thing that goes awry.
We almost forgot to include this essential beach item. If you want to reduce your spending while at the beach and keep your towels and drinks cold, then you will need to make space in the car for an esky. They will improve your experience and comfort at the beach.
Flexibility is Key
When visiting the beach with your loved ones, you have to understand that more often than not, things will not go according to plan, they rarely do.
Your ability to be flexible will help you make the most out of your trip to the beach this summer, and this, in turn, will allow you to enjoy your time there.
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