Planning a Great Family Beach Trip - Family Travel
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Sometimes it is necessary to plan a day trip where you can just go away for a little while in order relax and recharge. A great idea that you can use the next time that you feel as though you need to get away is a family beach day trip. If planned correctly, such a trip could not only be fun and rewarding, but also budget friendly. The beach is a beautiful, natural wonderland where you can spend important time with your family.

To get started on your beach adventure, you are going to have to pack all of the items that you will need for the day. First, you will want to be sure that you have enough sun block for all of the members in your family. Sun block, sometimes called sunscreen, is obviously very important to protect your skin from the sun and its harmful rays. If you have younger children with you, it may be a good idea to get a good waterproof sun block for kids to ensure proper and dependable protection for their delicate skin. There are special children's versions, including baby versions, of some types of sunscreen that may be good for younger children. When heading to the beach, spray sunscreen is a great help for parents, since it can be applied quickly and without your kids feeling like you're rubbing all the sand from the beach in to their arms and legs. Another good way to protect your kids is having them wear rash guards along with their swimming suits. Adding hats and sunglasses can be helpful as well, especially for kids with sensitive skin or eyes. 

Next up is the packing the essential beach gear: beach towels, beach blankets, and some toys for the kids. Extra beach towels are always a good idea to make sure that everyone is able to dry off after taking a dip. Also, you may want to pack up a few beach chairs and maybe a large beach umbrella. A good alternative to a beach umbrella is an easy-up shade or a pop up beach tent, which is a sort of half tent with one side that is totally open. These provide a great base for your family where you have shade and all your things are stored. Do not forget to pack up all of your fun items for the children such as pails, shovels, sand molds and sifters. It is always a fun idea to bring a good beach ball and maybe even a Frisbee so that you can play in the sand with your children.

Unless you want to spend lots of cash on expensive fast food, you'll also want to bring along your own food. When you are packing up your food items, you want to be sure that you pack enough without actually over-packing. Go ahead and pack up some delicious sandwiches, fruit, crackers, and so on. Items such as popcorn, pretzels and carrots or celery sticks can make wonderful snacks to bring along as well. For drinks, it is a great idea that you have them in resealable containers so to avoid getting sand in them while you are not drinking them.

Always remember to bring some sort of a trash bag with you for your visit to the beach. You should make sure that you keep the beach as beautiful as it was when you got there. After a day like this, you will realize how easy it can be to have a fun day at the beach with your family.

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