Beach Vacation Packing List With a Toddler

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Beach Vacation Packing Tips With a Toddler

Packing for a family vacation can be daunting, and ever more scary is knowing what to bring on vacation when you have a toddler in tow – they always seem to need something you forgot to pack. We’ve found that our best family vacations have always been when we have planned what we need to bring along with us. We live right by the beach and often go with our son,  so, we’ve listed the travel essentials you need for a fun day at the beach with your little one.

And, if you’re thinking of coming to Croatia, here are some family vacation ideas that include activities for kids.

Packing list for a day at the beach with a toddler - 1

Vacation Packing List

Children’s Bathing Suits

Yes, suits, pack a spare. You never know what little mishap will occur. I love these . There are so many sun safe bathing suits now – and many have fun, colorful patterns, and styles.

Nelson Duck Sunsafe Swimsuit                    Vivo-biniya Kid Girl’s Two-piece Set

    

Other great options include:

Speedo Girls UV Flotation Suit Begin to Swim
Speedo Girls UV Flotation Suit Begin to Swim
grUVywear UV Protective (UPF 50+) Boys Navy Swim Shirt Rashguard
grUVywear UV Protective (UPF 50+) Boys Navy Swim Shirt Rashguard
 
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Kids Beach Hats

Find a beach hat with a very with a wide brim. No one wants a little sun burnt face while on your summer vacation.Take a peek at these kids beach hats that are both unisex & reversible.

N’Ice Caps Unisex Kids Reversible And Adjustable Cotton Twill Aussie Hat

N'Ice Caps Unisex Kids Reversible And Adjustable Cotton Twill Aussie Hat (56cm(22") 4-6yrs, red/khaki)
N’Ice Caps Unisex Kids Reversible – Red/Khaki)
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N'Ice Caps Baby Unisex Reversible and Adjustable Cotton Twill Aussie Sun Hat (52cm (20.5") 18-36mos, Light Blue/White)
N’Ice Caps Baby Unisex Reversible – Light Blue/White)
 
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Two Kids Beach Towels

You’ll want one that can be used to lay on and another to dry off. Or if one gets too wet. I love beach towels that come with little bags, perfect for little hands to carry!

Kids Beach Towel Sets

Peppa Pig 2 Piece Bath Set/bath Towel and Wash Cloth
Peppa Pig 2 Piece Bath Set/Bath Towel and Wash Cloth
 
Disney Minnie Mouse Beach Towel and Tote Set
Disney Minnie Mouse Beach Towel and Tote Set
 
 
 
Disney Frozen Anna & Elsa Beach Towel and Tote Set
Disney Frozen Anna & Elsa Beach Towel and Tote Set
 
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Disney Star Wars Darth Vader Beach Towel and Tote Bag 2 Piece Set
Disney Star Wars Darth Vader Beach Towel and Tote Bag 2 Piece Set
 
You Save:$20.01
 
 
Disney's Minnie Mouse 2-pc. Beach Towel & Tote Set
Disney’s Minnie Mouse 2-pc. Beach Towel & Tote Set
 

Kids Beach Shoes

If you are in Croatia on your family vacation where most of the beaches are pebbles or rocks, then these are a must. They are also helpful if the sand is too hot. Get beach shoes that have a solid rubber sole like this.

Starbay - Little Girls Flat Adjustable Heel Aqua Sock, Light Blue 37854-4MUSBigKid
Starbay – Adjustable Heel Aqua Shoe
The Wave - Childrens Aqua Shoe,3 M US Little Kid,Purple
Children’s Aqua Shoe
Price:$7.99
High Style Little and Big Kid's Aqua Water Shoes - Beach Shoes with Velcro closure (NavyBlack, US 4 Kid)
Beach Shoes with Velcro closure
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i play. Unisex-Baby Infant Swim Shoes, Hot Pink, 4
Baby Infant Swim Shoes
List Price:$9.99
Starbay Toddler's Adjustable Elastic Heel Athletic Water Shoes Yellow 10
Toddler’s Adjustable Elastic Heel
 
You Save:$10.71
 

Children’s Sun cream

If you’re not sure, ask your pharmacist to help recommend a good sun cream.  We’ve tried a many a sun cream over the years, and prefer the thick gooey ones.

Babyganics Mineral have one that is SPF 50

Others to look at:

BEBEGANIC Baby Skin Soft Suncream SPF30/PA++50g, for Broad-Spectrum UVA/UVB Portection
BEBEGANIC Baby Skin Soft Suncream – Broad-Spectrum UVA/UVB Protection
 
Sunsense Toddler Milk Sunscreen SPF50 125ml by SunSense
Sunsense Toddler Milk Sunscreen SPF50 125ml by SunSense
 

Snacks

There is something about a day at the beach that makes little people (and big ones) famished. Try cutting up fresh fruit, fruit or vegetable pouches, crackers and granola bars.

Children’s Sunglasses

Be sure to buy the kind that provides REAL sun protection, and not those cheap ones that just look good. They should protect you against UV rays.

Children’s sun safe sunglasses

Girls glasses

RIVBOS RBK025 Rubber Flexible Kids Polarized Sunglasses Wayfarer Glasses Age 3-10 (Pink)
Rubber Flexible Kids Polarized Sunglasses – Age 3-10 
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RIVBOS RBK031 Rubber Flexible Kids Polarized Sunglasses Wayfarer Glasses Age 3-10 (Pink Coating Lens)
Rubber Flexible Kids Polarized Sunglasses Age 3-10 
You Save:$27.00
 
Boys glasses
 
Kids K20 Sunglasses UV400 Rated Ages 3-10 (Silver & Ice Blue)
Kids K20 Sunglasses UV400 Rated Ages 3-10 (Silver & Ice Blue)
Price:$6.99
 
 
Kids Sunglasses UV400 Rated Ages 3-10 (Crimson)
Kids Sunglasses UV400 Rated Ages 3-10 (Crimson)
Price:$6.89
 
RIVBOS RBK004 Rubber Flexible Kids Polarized Sunglasses Wayfarer Style Age 3-10 (Black)
Rubber Flexible Kids Polarized Sunglasses –  Age 3-10
 
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Insect repellent

There are many available on the market; however, you should speak to your pharmacist about the most suitable insect repellent for your child. We like these:

All Terrain Kids Herbal Armor DEET-Free Natural Insect Repellent Spray
All Terrain Kids Herbal Armor DEET-Free Natural Insect Repellent Spray
Price:$7.99
 
 
Eco Defense Bug Spray - All Natural Mosquito Repellent - Repel Mosquitoes & Bugs Guaranteed - Perfect for Kids & Adults - Lasts for Hours - DEET FREE - Keep Insects Off or Your Money Back
All Natural Mosquito Repellent – Perfect for Kids & Adults – Lasts for Hours
 
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Plastic Bags

Add a few plastic zip-lock type to your family vacation checklist. They are useful to stuff your phone, camera and other non-water friendly items into. Plus, take bigger bags for wet clothes and towels.

Toys

A key to a successful day at the beach is having loads of children activities. A day at the beach calls for a bucket and spade as a minimum. Plus any . If you have room in the car throw in an inflatable pool, this way you can sit in the shade and still splash about.

Tip: If you are traveling a considerable distance and you have limited luggage space, buy the beach toys at your destination and leave them behind.

Toysmith Beach Set

Dinosaur Sand Claws Beach Toy Set for Kids with Bucket, Shovels, Rakes & 7 Shape Molds
Dinosaur Sand Claws Beach Toy Set 
 
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Beach Wagon Toy Set for Kids with Sand Wheel, Bucket, Shovel, Rake, Water Pail, Starfish and Turtle Shape Molds
Beach Wagon Toy Set for Kids 
 
You Save:$6.00
 
 
Sand Bucket Baby Beach Toys Set, Small 16 Pcs with Convenient Zippered Bag Pool Water Table & Kinetic Sand Molds. Best Tub Bath Toys for Toddlers, Outdoor Creativity for Kids + Funnel & Hand Tools
Sand Bucket Baby Beach Toys Set – 16 Pcs 
 
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Packing list for a day at the beach with a toddler - Chasing the Donkey

Beach Umbrella or Beach Tent

No explanation needed here huh! Just find one that is light and easy to carry. If you have no patience like me – try this pop-up beach tent.

Schylling Infant UV Playshade
Schylling Infant UV Playshade
You Save:$4.58
 
Shade Shack Instant Pop Up Family Beach Tent and Sun Shelter
Shade Shack Instant Pop Up Family Beach Tent and Sun Shelter
You Save:$10.04
Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent
Pacific Breeze EasyUp Beach Tent
 
You Save:$35.00
 
 

Baby powder

This is a must have item on this list of vacation packing tips because I one thing annoys me about the beach is when all that sand is stuck to you when you leave to go home. With baby powder, all you have to do is dust on the powder and sand will fall off. Just buy one talk free.

Burt’s Bees Baby Bee Dusting Powder Talc Free, 4.5-Ounce

Blanket

Makes an excellent base to pop under a towel if the beach is very rocky. And can also be used at the end of the day to throw everything into and scoop up your mess in a jiffy.

Try these beach blankets

Camco 42805 60" x 78" Handy Mat with Strap
Camco 60″ x 78″ Handy Mat with Strap
 
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Indian Mandala Round Roundie Beach Throw Tapestry Hippy Boho Gypsy Cotton Tablecloth Beach Towel , Round Yoga Mat
Indian Mandala Round Roundie Beach Throw
Price:$14.15
 
 
Gecko Active Beach Blanket / Picnic Blanket - 100% Parachute Nylon. Lightweight, Quick-drying, With Anchor Pockets. Perfect For a SAND-FREE Day at the Beach! Extra Large - 6 x 7 Feet
Gecko Active Beach Blanket. Quick-drying – Extra Large 
 
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Swim diapers

Seriously, they are expensive, but the are designed not to fill up with water like the regular kind. They also save you much needed time if your little one does a number 2.

Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants, Small, 20 Count (Character May Vary)
Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants
Price:$12.41
 
Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants, Large, 17 Count (Character May Vary)
Huggies Little Swimmers Disposable Swimpants
Price:$13.49
You Save:$0.50
 
 

Wipes

Lots of baby wipes. With snacks, sand, sunscreen and maybe even ice-cream you’ll need a lot of these.

Change of clothes

On family vacations, you never know what will happen so pack a some extra clothes for the toddler.

Kids Chair

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Not exactly essential to the travel packing list, but hello it’s très cute, and so much fun. Many kids beach chairs come with umbrellas – making them ideal for sun safety. This one has an easy to fold system – with a bag, so your big kids can help you carry it your favorite beach spot.

 

 

 

 

 

Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Happy Giddy Chair
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Happy Giddy Chair
Price:$17.00
Redmon Outdoor Baby Kids Beach Chair with Umbrella
Redmon Outdoor Baby Kids Beach Chair with Umbrella
 
You Save:$20.97
 
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Flex Octopus Chair
Melissa & Doug Sunny Patch Flex Octopus Chair
Price:$19.99
 

I think that’s about it. Have a fun (sun-safe) day at the beach with your toddler.

What else should I add to this beach vacation packing list?

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Comments (15)

  1. I’ve heard about the Baby Powder tip, but I’m always remembering it once I’m already at the beach with my twins. grr! Next time. Hopefully!

  2. Argh, stop making me think of summer! It was -30 in Fairbanks the other day, and I do better at convincing myself I love all this winter if I’m not looking at pictures of sunny beaches.

  3. When our children were young and we travelled the world we always used to say as long as we don’t forget the baby everything else is not that important.

    1. Guess I need more than the baby to have a good time. I like order and hate having to try and hunt down sunscreen at tourist prices at the beach when I can pack it my bag.

  4. Very useful post. We have a new addition to our family: a 6 months-old grandson. I’ll give my daughter-in-law your post for future reference. I’m sure she could use the information. Very good ideas.

  5. If you are not lying about the baby powder….than it is quite possible you have JUST CHANGED MY LIFE!! how did I not know about this? how many times have I taken my son to the beach only to go back home COVERED in sand looking like a fried cutlet and dragging it in everywhere.

    Seriously. BEST tip and list ever!

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