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From Becky Mansfield, Your Modern Family

Anyone who knows me knows that when we aren’t at home, we are visiting Hilton Head Island in South Carolina. It is like our second home, so we’re there as much as we can be during summer. While packing for the beach can seem like a chore in and of itself, through trial and error we’ve finally narrowed down a list of a few essentials for our trip to Hilton Head.

Becky Mansfield's Beach Bag Must-Haves

1. The Basics: Of course, we never head to the beach without the essentials stashed safely in our bag: hats, sunglasses, towels, beach toys and books. But beyond these staples that we all know, we also always bring a few items that we’ve come to depend upon, as well.

2. Sunscreen: This is a basic, too, because it is SO important, especially for our kids. Be sure to apply it 15 minutes before you let the kids head out into the sun and reapply it 80 minutes after swimming or sweating. I use it every time that we go out.  I learned that lesson the hard way.  Last summer, at the beach, we hadn’t expected to stay too long, so we didn’t use sunscreen on the kids.  Well, an hour later, Beau’s shoulders were as red as could be and it pretty much ruined the next two days for him.  I’ll never make that mistake again!  Be sure to reapply every two hours, as well!

Sunscreen for kids

We LOVE NEUTROGENA® Pure & Free® Baby Sunscreen Lotion Broad Spectrum SPF 50 for our kids. We also like to use a water-resistant spray like NEUTROGENA® Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 70+ (water-resistant for 80 minutes). It contains Helioplex® Technology and is specifically formulated to work with wet skin. It instantly cuts through water, providing broad spectrum protection with every application.  

We love this stick one, too! It’s easy to use and carry along for any outdoor adventure and offers great mess-free protection (for external use only. Do not use on damaged or broken skin. Keep out of eyes. Keep out of reach of children). We also like to use a water-resistant spray like Neutrogena® Wet Skin Kids Sunscreen Spray Broad Spectrum SPF 70+ (water-resistant for 80 minutes). It contains Helioplex® Technology and is specifically formulated to work with wet skin. It instantly cuts through water, providing broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with every application.  

Don’t forget to reapply after 80 minutes of swimming or sweating, immediately after towel drying and at least every two hours! (For external use only. Do not use on damaged or broken skin. Keep out of eyes. Keep out of reach of children.)

3. An Extra Swimsuit or Outfit:  We bike to and from the beach, so riding back in a sandy, wet swimsuit makes it pretty hard. Right before you leave the beach, the kids rinse off, then head to the bathroom to change into a dry swimsuit for the ride back. They can choose to jump right into the house-pool when we get back, and they won’t have to worry about getting sand in the pool!

Beach bag must-haves for kids

4. Large Re-sealable Plastic Bags: I can’t stress enough how important having re-sealable plastic bags are. You can use them for wet clothes, sandy toys, snacks and more.  (P.S.- pack some baby powder or corn starch to get the sand off of your skin).

5. Inflatable Pool: It doesn’t quite fit in our beach bag, but we always bring it with us, because it’s perfect for younger kids. Just fill it up with buckets and buckets of ocean water! The filling of the pool keeps the kids busy for so long, but then they play in it, which keeps them busy (and right near mom) even longer.

 

Becky Mansfield is a paid spokesperson for the HEALTHY ESSENTIALS® Program.

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