I live in Huntington Beach. I hate the beach. But my kids and husband love the beach! Because of that I have had to tolerate many trips to the beach. Over the years, I’ve acquired quite the arsenal to make these outings as enjoyable to me as possible. I thought I would share it with other parents who hate going to the beach as well.

The #1 most annoying thing to me about the beach is the sand. It’s EVERYWHERE. And it sticks to everything, including your kiddos bodies. And then they track it into your house. UGH. Just thinking about it annoys me! I recently discovered an amazing product to help with this and I have to share it!

It’s called Sand-Off! Sand Cleaner Wipe Off Mitt

It combines a mitt with baby powder and it is pretty much the most amazing invention ever. I have tried the baby powder trick and it was just not a pretty sight. Baby powder everywhere and still some sand sticking on my kids! This mitt emits just enough baby powder to allow you to wipe the sand away with the mitt. I tried it this past weekend and it totally worked!! I was one happy mama!

The #2 annoying thing about the beach is the sun. I like the sun but I don’t like skin cancer or looking 10 years older than I really am (the sun will do that to you ladies!!). I hate lathering on sun screen and actually try to avoid it unless I’m really sitting out there for a long time (Hey! Vitamin D is good for you!). A good beach umbrella is a must! I used to have this really crappy one that was basically like one of those old school tents. It had the sticks that you had to connect and then string them through the loops. OMG I used it once and never again! I invested instead in this popup shade that I love!!!! It literally sets up in like 5 seconds, has a nice carrying bag, and has all of these zippers/vents to provide a breeze. I also like that there is no flooring because my kids like to play in the sand at the beach and this way they can still be covered!

Shade Shack Instant Pop Up Family Beach Tent and Sun Shelter

I have heard great things about this beach umbrella as well!

Speaking of protecting yourself from the sun…the following are my favorite sunscreens. Sunscreen is super annoying to me, especially the consistency of the “all natural” ones. These are the ones I have found that worked best!

For face, I like to use these:

Biore Sarasara Aqua Rich Watery Essence – This is the one all of the beauty bloggers swear by. It really has an amazing consistency and is not sticky at all!

CeraVe Moisturizing Facial Lotion AM, SPF 30 – The popular dermatologist recommended Cerave!. Doubles as a facial moisturizer!

For body coverage I use ThinkBaby

These all rub in nicely without making you look like a ghost after! Win win!

Next, I need a good beach chair. The one I have has straps so I can wear it on my back because I’m usually carrying 10 million sand toys, snacks, drinks, and/or the kids. Anything that helps me be hands free is a must. I can’t find mine online but this one is similar BUT HAS A CUP HOLDER! Maybe I should upgrade?!

Lace Up Aluminum Backpack Chair

Lastly, I used to carry all of the kids sand toys in a billion different bags and buckets. Now I put them all in a mesh bag and just carry that.

Beach Mesh Tote Bag

I’m also kind of lusting after this mesh bag with built in cooler!!

Aruba Mesh Beach Tote Bag with Zipper Top and Insulated Picnic Cooler

Those are my must haves. Let me know if you know of anything else I can try to make the beach more enjoyable! 🙂

PS. I’m also an expert on sand toys. Separate post on that coming soon!!!

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