Sport-Brella SUPER-BRELLA Umbrella
I have tried many variations of the beach cabana and tent and this umbrella far exceeds anything I've tried. For starters, you don't need to be Houdini to figure out how to set it up and collapse it. It also comes in various sizes so you can find something that works for your family, not just the youngest. Below are key stats from Amazon.
- UPF 50+ sun and weather protection and water repellent, protects over 99.5% of UVA and UVB rays
- Side zippered windows for efficient airflow
- Easiest setup sun shelter available thanks to folding umbrella action. Includes carry bag and ground stakes.
- Internal pockets for valuables and gear
JJ Cole Outdoor Blanket
Perfect for the beach or really anywhere you want to create a place for you and your kids to sit, this is our family go-to blanket. As you can see, you can fold this (easy to do) into a compact blanket that has a built in carry strap. The material is water resistant so no need to worry about wet bathing suits or spills. Easy to wipe clean and easy to brush off sand.
Stearns Puddle Jumpers Life Jacket
Without question, my family would not enjoy beach vacations or trips to the pool without these life jackets. First and foremost, they are U.S. Coast Guard approved so I feel confident in its design and quality as a flotation aid. My children have never complained about wearing this vest which is a huge bonus. Unlike others, it doesn't limit arm movement, come up around their necks or require a crotch strap.
Baby Powder = Instant Sand Remover
A mother of three whose children are older than mine passed down to me this amazing trick of using baby powder to remove sand from hands, feet, faces, and the many other places we find sand on our kiddos. Apply generously, rub the sand covered surface and watch the sand magically fall away. To learn more, check out My favorite beach trick.
FINALLY! A company has produced durable, sensible, stylish beach and pool bags for families, From bags that could hold half a dozen towels + beach toys to lunch bags, Scout makes it all. Though I love the patterns and variety of bags, the bottom line is exactly what the company promotes on its site: