10 Beach Essentials for Families
Take along these beach essentials for a carefree day in the sun or evening fun.
No More Wet Messes
Put those wet bathing suits inside Itzy Ritzy’s sealed wet bag and keep sand, moisture and smells contained (some moms use them for diapers or wet baby clothes, too). The machine washable bags come in stylish patterns, in medium (11 by 14 inches) and large (14 by 17 inches). $17.99 and $21.99.
Ever So Cool
Yeti’s soft-sided shoulder-bag cooler, The Hopper, isn’t cheap but it is effective, keeping ice from melting for days. It’s sturdy and leak-proof and easy to transport to the beach or camping. Also available at sporting goods stores. $249 for The Hopper Flip 12, which holds 13 cans and ice.
Have a Ball
Soccer on the beach doesn’t have to end at nightfall with NightBall Soccer. The ball has built-in motion-activated LEDs that are water resistant, so no worries if it rolls into the ocean. Tangle Creations also manufactures light-up a basketball, flying disc, football, badminton racket, and a glowing bat and ball for more nighttime fun. Soccer ball $24.99. Also available at Amazon, Walmart and other major retailers.
Giggly Goggles aren’t just eye-catching, they’re functional and easy to use, too. There’s no need for adjustment each time and they stay in place, plus lenses are fog-free and the goggles can be personalized with name or initials so they won’t get lost. Available in three sizes (toddlers, kids or teens). Also available at Amazon and Walmart. $25.
Cotton Up to These Two
Poncho Towel: Made from bamboo cotton with a terry cloth interior, Kindhood’s children’s poncho towels are fast drying, antibacterial and protective against UV rays. A hood and pouch pocket keep kids warm on breezy days or evenings. Available in sizes XS to L. $57.
Keep Off, Sand! Absorbent, light-weight, quick-drying and sand-resistant, Hoa Kai’s hand-loomed towels are made for the beach, plus they help support weavers in a small village in southeastern Turkey. The Hawaii Collection is 100 percent cotton and comes in aloha, pineapple, birds of paradise and camouflage print. $48.95 for 68- by 38-inch towel.
Quick, It’s a Tent
Pacific Breeze’s Easy Set Up Beach Tent uses a hub system to make it one of the fastest and easiest tents to set up or take down. It protects against sun and rain, has windows for ventilation, is light and compact to carry and has room for four. Also available at Amazon. $69.99
Kids with sensitive skin will appreciate La Roche-Posay’s fragrance-free Anthelios Dermo-Kids SPF 60 sunscreen. It’s easy to apply and is water resistant up to 80 minutes. $19.99 for 6.7 ounces
Get a Hint
The SPF 30 hint sunscreen is made with fruit essences so it smells like grapefruit, pear or pineapple, and the spray application lets you get good coverage quickly. Once on, it has 80 minutes of water resistance. Also available at Target. $19.99 for a 6-ounce can.
Sea Star Sparkle SPF 50 sunscreen has bits of glitter so your child will want to slather it on. It is water resistant for up to 80 minutes and comes with pink, gold or rainbow glitter. $18.95 for 4 ounces.