The ultimate beach essentials kit
When you’ve got a big family, heading out for a day in the sun is anything but fuss-free. You’ve got to pack up the car, round up the kids, and make sure you’ve got everything – and we mean everything – needed to care for them throughout the day.
But instead of taking hours to fill your car every time you wanted a day at the park or the beach, wouldn’t it be great if you could just pack light while still having everything you needed? Well guess what? You can! All you need to do is wisely choose some essential products that can take care of your whole family.
Here are just a few of the family-friendly essentials you’d be wise to invest in this summer…
The ultimate sun protection: NEUTROGENA® Beach Defence™ Sunscreen Lotion
With SPF 50 broad-spectrum protection, Neutrogena Beach Defence is the ultimate sun protection product for the whole family. Not only does it contain HELIOPLEX® technology to protect from both UVA and UVB rays, but the formula is also hypoallergenic and features properties that will leave your family’s skin feeling nourished and moisturized throughout the day, too. Better still, the kids will love the non-traditional fruity scent – and because it’s water-resistant for up to four hours, you won’t need to worry if they spend most of their time splashing about in the ocean. Even your low-maintenance hubby will be pleased, as the Sunscreen Spray variety will be the perfect beach companion for him.
The do-it-all wipes: Wet Ones® Be Gentle Sensitive Medium Pack
While being at the beach is all sorts of fun, it can be difficult with children, especially when it comes time to eat and they’re covered in sand from head-to-toe. Wet Ones® wipes are the perfect solution to deal with sandy hands, sticky fingers and any other areas that need a quick, refreshing wipe because they’re antibacterial and kill 99 per cent of bacteria. They’re also fragrance, alcohol and paraben free, which means that they’re safe for the whole family to use.
The family-friendly lip balm: Bonne Bell Outdoor Lip Balm SPF30+
Sun, sand and salt water are the ultimate ingredients for an awesome day at the beach, but they’re also the very things that wreak havoc on your lips. Not just your lips mind you, hubby and your children aren’t immune to chapped lips, which is why you need to arm yourself with a nourishing lip balm that isn’t sticky, shiny or strawberry-scented so that the whole family will want to use it. We like Bonne Bell Outdoor Lip Balm SPF30+, which will work to protect your fragile lips from the elements and help to soothe and soften them, thanks to the addition of aloe vera and vitamin E.
The shady meeting place: BCF Shoreline Instant Up Beach Shade, $59.99, http://www.bcf.com.au/
You can never be too sun-safe at the beach, which is why it pays to have a central spot made up for your family that is both highly visible and able to shade you from the sun. This one from Boating Camping Fishing (BCF) has a light, compact, easy-to-erect design, as well as mesh ventilation panels, making it the ideal cool, shady meeting place for you and your family.
And finally…hunger and boredom equal disaster on a family day out, so be sure to pack plenty of healthy snacks and some games that the whole family can enjoy!
Why is having a thoughtfully put together beach bag important to you and your family?