Summer must-haves that most parents tend to forget
Aside from the usual things such as sunblock, shades, and towels, here are some summer must-haves that you'll be glad you brought along!
1. Extra towels
Of course you'll be bringing towels whenever you go to the beach. But make sure to bring a few extra towels just in case. Towels are pretty versatile, you can use them to lay on the sand, to get you dry, and to wipe off sand.
Plus, you can use it as a makeshift shade if the sun gets too hot!
2. An umbrella
Yup, and preferably a big one. Umbrellas are pretty useful in that in case there's no shade on the beach, or if all the cottages are occupied, you can use an umbrella to keep you and your family out of the sun.
It's also good to use an umbrella with you if you want to walk along the beach, too much exposure to the sun, even if you use sunblock, can be very dangerous.
3. An extra bag for wet clothes
Having an extra bag for wet clothes helps a lot when it's time to go home. You don't want to mix your wet clothes with the other dry stuff in your bag, and there isn't always time to get your clothes dry on the beach.
Having an extra bag for wet clothes, or even just as an emergency bag, can be pretty handy.
4. Beach toys
Always bring a few beach toys so that your kids can have something else to do if they get tired of swimming. A bucket, some plastic shovels and rakes, and even a small water cannon can provide them hours of fun!
It's also a good way to keep your kids busy so they won't bother you while you're relaxing on the beach.
5. Extra clothes
Always bring more clothes than the trip calls for, just in case you might need it. If your kid gets sick on the car, if they spill some food on their clothes, if they accidentally get themselves wet after getting out of the water, all of these situations call for an extra set of clothes.
It's also a good idea to always bring extra underwear, and extra diapers if you have a baby. Just to be safe from any sudden "accidents".
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