Taking your Family to the Beach – Do’s and Don’ts

Summer is upon us and the kids are dying to go somewhere, ANYWHERE, as long as it’s out of doors. Moms and dads could do with some relaxation too, never mind if it’s just for a day or two. So why not head to a warm, sunny beach, kids and dog in tow? The beach is the perfect setting to make memories in the summer time. Make your family trip to the beach a lot more fun with these simple dos and don’ts.

Taking your Family to the Beach
"Beach Volleyball" by John Stratford is licensed under CC BY 2.0

Check the weather forecast

Before you set off, take a minute to check the online weather forecast for the day and place you’ll be visiting. You should know that Hurricane season in some parts of the United States runs from June to November. So unless you have a hotel reservation, your beach holiday could be ruined by a nasty thunderstorm or other wacky weather happenings. Also, it’s a good idea to have a backup plan, just in case the weather lets you down and you need to reschedule your trip at the last moment.

Get a roof over your head

If your kids are not natural water babies, you might want to invest in a sturdy tent for the beach. There’s a lot your family can do with a tent – take naps; store the cooler; cool off when the sun gets too hot ; play games and much more. And if the kiddos spill something, no worries! Just immerse the tent in the sea; it’ll dry in a few minutes.

Take a picnic lunch along

Always plan for hunger and thirst at the beach. This will save you a lot of money, especially if your kids are big eaters, and it’s a whole lot healthier than eating at a beachside café or restaurant. Good things to pack are sandwiches, potato salad, cold fried chicken, pasta salad, lemonade, smoothies and fresh fruit. Pack chips and other crushable food items in zip lock bags to prevent crushing. Cut down on bulk by carrying your food in collapsible insulated baskets that are easier to handle than wicker totes or coolers.

Bathroom must-haves

Planning for inevitable bathroom visits at the beach is mandatory, especially when your kids aren’t potty-trained yet or are too young to walk to a public restroom. Carry a folding travel potty along and toilet paper or pocket wipes

Once you’ve covered the basics, get ready to enjoy all those fun beach activities!

Additional information

Your account hasn't been activated yet. Please activate it through the gameplay permission email we sent you.


The email has been sent to you.