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.