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Here in Maine we still have one more month before the kiddos go back to school, and I'm excited to maximize our time including some fun days at the beach. Packing a cooler doesn't need to be complicated, in fact most kids like simple, but being prepared is essential for a successful and full day at the beach. Here are some of my best tips; I hope you'll leave a comment and share yours!
The cooler is key- Make sure you have a cooler or insulated bag that's the appropriate size for your crew and easy to manage (especially if you're like me and often toting the kiddos to the beach solo).
Make water and hydration fun! - Staying hydrated is key to a successful day at the beach and it's not always easy with busy toddlers. I like to make flavored (and often shaped) ice cubes for my boys' water bottles. They love to help with the prep, and can't get enough of their yummy water. Both the Oakhurst Lemonade and Raspberry Lemonade are perfect for this; simply pour into the mold and freeze the night before.
A fun water bottle for the win- Staying on the hydration bandwagon, find a water bottle your little one is excited about and likely to tote with them. This summer we've been using the Scout Kid's Water Bottles from Eco Vessel. My boys each picked out their own design and love their bottles and definitely drink more water.
Pack Smart- If you're like me and usually toting your little ones to the beach solo, packing smart, and light (in weight) is key. I always like putting a few extra frozen water bottles or drinks in my cooler, because you'll always need the extra drinks and you can avoid too many heavy ice packs.
Avoid a soggy sandwich- Regular bread tends to get soggy; I always find the best beach sandwiches are in wraps or pitas. Individual storage is also key; I love the reusable bags from Itzy Ritzy, they're convenient and eliminate loose trash at the beach.
Individual packaging & no utensils necessary - Individual packaging always seems to work better for us. That way one set of sandy fingers doesn't ruin the whole meal. Bags like the Itzy Ritzy ones above are fantastic for dry (non melting items), and Zoli containers are great for other items. I also think simple is best with the kiddos, i.e. foods that don't require any utensils or work (ideas below).
Don't skimp on the snacks- never underestimate how hungry kids will get at the beach. If you want a long and fun day be prepared and armed with plenty of food. Some of our favorites are cut fruit & veggies, rolled meats and cheeses, whole fruits like apples, grapes, peaches etc, trail mix, frozen yogurt tubes, apple sauce or smoothies in a Sili Squeeze,
To help you enjoy the last month of beach days, our friends at Oakhurst are giving one lucky reader a great beach cooler bag and $20 in Oakhurst product vouchers. To enter use the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway ends at 12am EST on August 22nd.
Happy beaching; pack up your cooler and seize the summer! I hope you'll leave a comment and share your best cooler packing tips! Thanks as always for stopping by.
About this Mama
I'm Rebecca, a Maine mom of three energetic young boys, and wife of a lobsterman, living in my favorite place, the coast of Maine.