Once you’ve had kids, you know that you’ll plan future vacations around naptimes, fill suitcases with snacks and toys, and plan plenty of playground stops. That’s why we love family beach trips. Planned well, a simple day at the beach is low-stress fun. Add a few no-pressure meals, and you can minimize the tears of frustration for both of you. In addition, seeing the ocean through your child’s eyes is amazing. Take these recommendations from us at Frogglez to help make your trip worry-free.
Stay at an oceanfront location for convenient breaks
The biggest parenting challenges for a low-key beach trip are sunscreen, sand, and heat. Most people, children included, get frustrated with all the extra effort required to manage a day by the ocean. The long walk through deep sand carrying chairs, umbrellas, drinks, and snacks is enough to make any parent cranky.
The best investment you can make in a family beach vacation is to stay as close to the beach as possible. Staying oceanside makes it easy to bring baby inside for a nap without feeling deprived of your own beach time. Trust us, your kids aren’t going to power through a fancy restaurant meal on their best behavior. It’s easier to scale back your “eating out” budget in favor of a shorter walk to the beach. If that’s not enough to convince you, just imagine trying to change a diaper in the sand.
If you can’t swing oceanside accommodations, set aside a few dollars in your budget to pay for rented chairs and umbrellas. Or consider renting a beach wagon to carry some of the gear you’ll need for a day at the beach.
Make sure their eyes are protected from the sun
You already know that your child’s skin needs UV protection every time they’re outdoors. The sun’s powerful rays can damage unprotected skin in as little as fifteen minutes. But even slathering sunscreen all over leaves them vulnerable to sunburn. That’s right, eyes are just as vulnerable to sunburn as the rest of the body. The sun emits damaging ultraviolet (UV) rays that can damage the eyes no matter the temperature or weather. Unfortunately, there’s not bottled sunscreen for eyes.
Wide-brimmed hats can limit sun exposure, but sunshine reflects off of water and sand at the lake, pool, and beach even if it’s slightly cloudy. Sunglasses and swim goggles with 100% UV coating are more effective at blocking damaging rays than wearing hats or staying in the shade. Frogglez Goggles provide total UV protection in and out of the water for the entire time you’re outside.
Pair a rashguard with a swim diaper for easy changes
Reusable swim diapers are comfortable and inexpensive and can last for years. Choose a cute, colorful pattern and pair it with a coordinating rashguard for easy diaper changes and fantastic sun protection - skip buying an expensive swimsuit altogether. For example, Beau and Belle Littles swim diapers and rashguards are easy to purchase online for your next trip to the pool, lake, or beach.
Leave the sand on the beach after your vacation with this simple trick
It’s a wonder that there’s any sand left on the beach. It gets stuck in shoes, bathing suits, diapers, and little hands. Microfiber towels are the secret hack to a dry child without bringing half the beach back to the hotel with you. These super soft towels are so lightweight and compact, you won't feel like you're lugging the whole linen closet to the beach. Hang them up and they'll be dry after a quick nap.
Even if your towels aren't sandy, every sticky inch of your children will be covered in sunscreen and sand. The Powder Pouch is the secret weapon of every experienced beach parent. Simply pat it and wipe it against their skin and the sand falls away like magic. These little pouches last for several seasons and can be refilled when empty!
Let your stress melt away and enjoy a family beach vacation
If strategically coordinated, a family beach vacation can be just as low stress and fun as you dreamed it to be. With some simple meals and adventures, you can decrease the amount of stress and frustration, and increase the memories and good times. With these steps from Frogglez, you and your children will be able to have the best beach vacation ever. Protect your kids every time you go to the beach with the best UV protective swim goggles.