We have spent a lot of time at our favorite spot this summer at Folly Beach.
Due to the stress of the pregnancy, the unfortunate sudden passing of family members, and life in general, it’s been important to me that I get my kids out and ensure that they are enjoying themselves this summer. While getting a little R&R in myself.
This is probably the first summer that we have spent nearly as much time traveling with the kids, compared to prior years, and as difficult as it has been most times to pack up and travel with them, 10 beach trips later this summer, I think I finally have it down.
Is that bad?
We all have our favorite items that we love to take the beach, but with six of us traveling, I knew that I needed to condense a few things before the baby comes, that way next summer I am not struggling with the same things.
If you are looking to take your young children to the beach, here are a few tips and tricks that I have finally perfected and now want to share!
Choose your timing wisely
I truly dislike being in the sun.
As weird as that sounds, I loathe it. If you aren’t a major fan of the sun, or just dislike the heat in general, you have to choose your timing carefully when going to the beach. We prefer to go early in the morning (before 10 am) or late in the evening (after 6 pm).
The sun is rarely out, and while it may be a tad bit humid, it’s not sweltering hot, and I can still enjoy the beach in all of my pregnant glory.
Skip the toys
You really don’t need them. If you decide to, you don’t need a lot; at most, we will bring one bucket and a shovel. Most times toys are left behind on the beach by families who don’t want them, so even if you don’t find anything, you may end up finding something there to play with anyway.
Snacks & Shade: Don’t forget them
Whether you go early or late, don’t forget to bring some sort of shade. This is one has been very reliable for us this summer. Also, do yourself and your kiddos a favor and pack snacks. You’ll want to bring more than enough because I can almost guarantee, what you think is enough, really isn’t.
Give yourself some time
Whether it’s going or coming, add on some time and don’t rush. Rushing will have you forgetting many items that are needed. Even if it means that you end up encountering traffic. Normally going into Folly Beach is a huge nightmare, but it’s better to sit in traffic than to either rush and forget something, or rush and end up in an accident.
Make it count
Whether it’s a day trip or a week-long vacation, make it count. Take as much time as you need, and remember to live in the moment.
Love of impromptu dance parties, 80’s cartoons, and horizontal life pauses (aka naps); Natasha Brown is a stay at home mom of 4 kids, and wife to one lucky guy! In her spare time, she is co-editor of Grits & Grace, as well as editor for The Mother Hustler Blog and Creative Director for the Mother Hustler podcast.