Planning a family beach holiday? Beaches are great place for the whole family to relax and have fun. Keep everyone happy and safe with our complete beach survival kit
Here’s what should be in yours…
At a glance
- Beaches are great place for the whole family to relax and have fun
- Even on a cloudy day, the sun’s UV rays can burn delicate skin
- Buckets and spades are a must for digging, building sandcastles and collecting shells and pebbles
Even on a cloudy day, the sun’s UV rays can burn delicate skin. Keep a plentiful supply of sunscreen in your beach bag, and apply it regularly to all exposed skin.
- Young children need a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of at least 30
- Small babies need to be fully shaded at all times
The sun’s rays are strongest between 10am and 4pm, so try to limit your sun exposure during this hottest part of the day. For more help and advice see our guide on sun safety for babies and kids.
Hats, parasols and sunglasses
There’s not usually much shade on the beach, so create your own with wide-brimmed sun hats and parasols. Baby sunglasses, as well as being fun to wear, protect little eyes from the sun’s UV rays.
Water and snacks
It’s easy to become dehydrated on a hot sunny day, so pack plenty of bottled water for everyone. Snacks such as fresh fruit and cucumber contain natural juice, which helps, and carrot sticks and cereal bars fill a hungry gap before the long sandy trudge to the ice-cream van.
First aid kit
Useful on the beach or off, check that your first aid kit contains plenty of antiseptic wipes, plasters, insect repellent and insect sting relief. Find out more about what to pack in your family holiday first aid kit.
You can never have too many towels. You can use them for:
- Sitting on
- Getting changed underneath
- Drying off after a dip
- Wrapping up warm
- Rolling up to make a pillow
- Making a sun ‘turban’
- Lining a sand chair
Buckets and spades are a must for digging, building sandcastles and collecting shells and pebbles. Pack a frisbee, beach ball or cricket set too, to get the whole family active on the beach.
A necessity for little babies, and a luxury for grown-ups if you have enough hands to carry them. Why not make your own sand seats by digging down into the damp sand, shaping chairs and covering them with towels?
Salty sea water can sting eyes, so bring some goggles. You’ll be able to look for fish and crabs under the water, too.
Beach shoes or flip flops
Even the best family beaches can have pebbly or stony bits that can be hard on little feet. Some sandy beaches can harbour spiny creatures like weever fish or sea urchins that are no fun to tread on, so beach shoes are a good idea.
Nobody likes itchy sand all over them, but there is a solution – talcum powder! Take a little cotton bag, fill it with talcum powder and rub it on the skin to remove the sand.