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Beach checklist for kids

Our days of summer are numbered, but I finally finished my beach checklist for the kids and thought I’d share. I guess those days of heading for the salty air with just a book and towel are over — it still amazes me how much stuff you need for a little beach time with the youngsters!

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kids checklist for the beach


  • Beach cart or big bag
  • Towels
  • Beach blanket
  • Chairs
  • Umbrella or tent


  • Protection
  • Swim suits
  • Cover ups or T-Shirt
  • Flip flops
  • Sunblock
  • SPF lip balm
  • Bug spray
  • Hair tie
  • Hats
  • Sunglasses


  • Swimmies/life jacket
  • Sand toys
  • Bucket, shovels, rake, boats
  • Ball/frisbee
  • Goggles


  • Cooler
  • Water
  • Snacks


  • Swim diapers
  • Wipes
  • Portable potty
  • Pacifier: especially if you have sand-eater!
  • Bottle/formula
  • See diaper bag list for more

Ride home

  • Baby powder: to help get sand off
  • Clothes for after
  • Plastic bags: for wet clothes

 Mom & Dad

  • Cash for parking
  • Camera
  • Book
  • Wallet
  • Phone

Now that you’ve got all your stuff, hope you have a fun family beach day!

Beach printable checklist for kids


Click image to download printable checklist.

The beach blanket and cooler are from Vera Bradley, but unfortunately they’ve discontinued them for the time being.

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