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Being an Aussie girl at heart, but living in California, I've always spent a lot of time at the beach. The kids have been out of school for about 2 weeks now for summer break and we've already made 4 beach trips with plenty more coming up.
Today we spent the day at Bonita Cove, which is only a hop, skip, and a jump to Mission Beach in San Diego, but if you prefer the calm waters and no crowds, then this is a much nicer spot to sit and relax, build sandcastles, and play in the water. Plus, there are bathrooms, plenty of parking, lifeguards on duty, and a playground right there on the sand. Then you can easily walk around the bay and cross the road to the surf beach, to dine in one of the many restaurants, walk along the boardwalk from Mission Beach to Crystal Pier (which we did today), or spend some time in the Belmont Park theme park.
If you are like me you want to be prepared for anything, so I take just about everything but the kitchen sink with us. For me, there's nothing worse than setting up at the beach and having forgotten something or wishing you had have packed something you were undecided about taking. So we have a standard beach list of supplies we take every single time.
- Beach chairs - at least for the adults.
- Towels - enough for everyone.
- Snacks - essential, especially for kids, but make sure to pack snacks that cater to each person.
- Water bottles - because it's essential to stay hydrated.
- Sunscreen - this needs no explanation
- Cooler with ice packs - to keep water and anything else needed cool, plus the ice packs are pretty handy if someone gets hurt.
- Roll up table - this prevents sand from getting into snacks, and gives us a safe place up off the sand for things such as electronics, sunglasses, and more.
- Clip-on umbrella - this attaches to the table or chairs depending on where it's needed.
- Beach tent - sometimes the kids just want space out of the sun, that's shaded and cooler.
- Beach toys - sand toys, water toys, bubbles, kites, frisbee, beach ball etc
- Emergency kit - bandaids for scrapes, tissues, pain killers, bandages/gauze, hand sanitizer, tweezers, bug spray, any medication your children usually take including an epi-pen if it's required.
- Baby powder - if you've every tried getting sand off little feet before they get into the car, then you know why you need this. Dust a little over the feet and wipe right ff.
- Roll of plastic bags (like the ones you'd use for diapers or picking up after your dog) - used for wet clothes and trash.
I know it seems like a lot, but if you are spending a day at the beach like we often do it's best to be prepared, and we normally choose beaches or bay areas to go where we know we can get parking fairly close, or take a wagon to haul everything to the sand, because nobody wants to carry everything for a long hike to the ocean.
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