Beach More, Stress Less: Beach Day Tips and Hacks

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Living in South Florida, it seems as if we are often headed out for a beach day. Children and adults alike enjoy the many beaches that surround us. There is something about the ocean, the relaxing sound of the crashing waves, the warm sand between our toes. It can be any season and we are soaking it all in. 

Jessica and her daughter at the beach (Beach More, Stress Less : Beach Day Tips and Hacks Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

However, with children, the beach can become a bit more challenging. Below we have rounded up some easy beach tips and hacks to make your next family beach adventure a bit more enjoyable. 

RECORD WHEN YOU LAST APPLIED SUNSCREEN 

This may seem simple. However, many of us forget the last time that sunscreen was applied. I think it’s safe to say none of us want our kiddos to experience a sunburn. Writing down the time sunscreen was last applied or adding a timer to your cellphone is the perfect solution to keep track of when reapplication needs to occur. 

SAFETY FIRST 

Staying safe is extremely important. In South Florida, swimming becomes a necessary survival skill. Many families search for a good swim school as safety is a top priority. Head over to our Guide to Miami Swim Schools to find the right fit for your little. 

Puddle jumpers have also become quite popular this summer. For children who are not 100% confident in the water and/or are still learning, having a coastguard-approved life jacket along with adults watching them while in the water can ease anxiety. 

Jessica's daughter playing in the ocean with her dad (Beach More, Stress Less : Beach Day Tips and Hacks Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

WATER SHOES

Water shoes help with the hot sand. They also give kids the freedom of exploring without the worry of stepping on a hard shell, crab, or something else that may be hidden under the sand. 

Julie's daughter exploring the beach (Beach More, Stress Less : Beach Day Tips and Hacks Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

BEACH ROBES/HOODED BEACH TOWELS INSTEAD OF TOWELS

Don’t get me wrong we love towels for lounging and laying out in the sun. However, odds are our children won’t be doing much of that. They tend to always be on the go at the beach! Beach towels seem to always fall off, get sandy and wet. Am I right? Beach robes and hooded beach towels offer a much more practical alternative. 

Although if you are a beach towel enthusiast, try sticking a piece of velcro onto both sides of the towel, it’ll help keep it in place.

Jessica's daughter wearing a hooded towel (Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

REMOVE WET SAND 

This is an oldie but a goodie. Baby powder is perfect to remove wet sand from your hands, legs, and feet. Sprinkle on some baby powder, rub the sand off, and off you go. Bye-bye pesky sand. 

SAFELY STORE YOUR PHONE

Nowadays, many have waterproof phones. However, those tiny small sand particles can cause some real damage. Next time you finish that peanut butter jar, wash it well and save it to store your phone and keys while visiting the beach. Or, you can stick to sticking your phone in a plastic bag to prevent damage. 

BYE-BYE SMELLY SWIMSUITS

Have you ever had a smelly swimsuit? If so, rinsing your swimsuit in a mix of hot water, baking soda and vinegar can help a lot with those pesky odors. 

KEEP YOUR DRINK SAND AND BUG-FREE

Place a cupcake liner or plastic wrap to cover your cup top. This will prevent anything from falling into your refreshment. 

WATERPROOF YOUR BEACH TOYS

I am all about beach toys galore. The more, the merrier. Hours and hours of limitless entertainment, castle building, and imaginations soaring. Water toys are fantastic. Although, you may be grossed out to find out what is left inside when you come home after all the fun. Water residue that gets left behind often leads to mold. Fully waterproof those toys by grabbing a glue gun and sealing the holes. 

Jessica's daughter playing with sand toys at the beach (Beach More, Stress Less : Beach Day Tips and Hacks Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

LAUNDRY BAG SAND TOYS

A mesh laundry bag goes a long way. Once you finish beaching, you can have your littles play a game of clean up and place all the toys in the laundry bag. Hose it down and sand be gone! Simple as 1, 2, 3. 

FROZEN BALLOONS

Want to keep drinks cool? Grab some balloons, fill them 1/4 of the way with water, stick them in the freezer and toss them in your cooler. You can also always use water balloons for a fun water balloon fight at the end of your beach day. 

The shore at Pompano Beach (Jessica Alvarez-Ducos Contributor Miami Mom Collective)

Do you have a beach tip or hack you wanna share? Let us know below. We are always looking for ways to make a day at the beach more relaxing. 

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