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Planning on taking the family away for a lovely Summer beach holiday? With record temperatures everyone is getting out and about! I live right next to the beach, a little art display called “Dismaland” has just popped up in an old lido here. But I still like to travel a few hours south to other beaches when I’m taking the kids. But one thing I always remember is to take the essentials with you.
If you have a long drive to the beach, keeping the kids entertained is essential to your sanity. Cards and puzzle books are a great way to keep them occupied before your reach your destination. Once your actually at the beach, make sure you bring the classic buckets and spades, goggles for swimming and snorkels! One thing my kids absolutely love is Body boarding. This might not be appropriate for young kids but when I bought a couple of body boards a few years ago they were addicted!
Sun Tan Lotion
We all know that the sun can be deadly if you don’t respect it. Sun tan lotion is extremely important, not just for you. But especially your kids, the little ones should be protected before even stepping foot in the sun so that their young skin won’t burn. This remember, is because it takes 10 to 15 minutes for sun tan lotion to start working. Adults could probably wait until they get to the beach to apply the sun cream as our skin has slightly more natural protection from the sun from years of exposure.
Staying hydrated is also a very important factor for you and especially your children when in the sun. Drink plenty of water throughout the day and make sure you have spares for the kids, although they will probably be after some sort of fizzy pop or cola. Dehydration can cause headaches and nausea so always look out for these symptoms on a hot day.
Kit your children out with caps or hats, anything with a lip that will protect them from the sun. reducing the rays from hitting the head or the face can lower the temperature of your head by 10 degrees or more! If the children make a lot of fuss and aren’t really enthusiastic about wearing hats then you could always bring a windbreaker for the beach which would provide a bit of shade. You could even use a parasol or large beach umbrella to give you a place to cool down in the sea breeze.
Towels of Course!
Towels are a necessity. If you’re going down to the beach on a hot day, you are more than likely going for a swim, You’re going to need something to hide in when putting on your swimming trunks, and also for drying your children and yourself of course! Towels can also be useful for lying down on over the sand; it will stop you getting sand stuck to your back or front. Sand can get very hot with the sun pelting down on it directly and having a towel to absorb some of the heat will help make it that slight bit more comfortable.
Going to the beach can be a lot of fun, just keep your children safe from the sun and have a good time!