While this blog post will be especially helpful for parents of little ones, these tips are applicable for parents of big kids, too. In fact, we’re not sure there’s anybody who wouldn’t benefit from the juicy tips and tricks included in this blog post.
Trust us when we say we get it - we understand the struggle of wanting to show your kids the world but not wanting to deal with the hassle that comes with visiting the beach. The sand, the wind, the saltwater. Lunch time, nap time, pack-up time. Trips to the beach can introduce dozens of new variables that can make or break your experience as a family, and most of us dread the inevitable sand-filled car seats, sticky faces and fingers, temper tantrums when it’s time to leave… But luckily, there are a few things we can do to minimize these frustrating elements and maximize fun. And that’s what the beach should be, right? Fun. So if you’re prepping for an upcoming beach trip, or are looking for inspiration to pack up and head to the shore, we’re hopeful that this blog post will simplify your experience at least a little bit. And, as always, if you have a favorite hack that you’d be willing to share with the Lessy Messy community, make sure to hit reply to this email and we’ll include your hack in our next roundup of tips and tricks! Any experienced parent or beachgoer will tell you - an investment in the essentials is always worth it. If there’s something specific that your family values during outings or beach trips, scout it out on Facebook Marketplace or at your local resale shops to make it happen. When equipped with the right supplies, beach trips are a breeze. One of those must-have items on your beach trip list should be a sun shade or tent for your little one(s). Many of them are lightweight, easy to assemble, and make it infinitely easier to ensure your kiddo stays protected against bugs and overexposure to the sun while resting. Plus, this essential can help you enjoy your time at the beach to the fullest! We’re digging this roundup of play yards from Red Tricycle. Another one of our favorite hacks is to keep sunscreen in the cooler. This can ensure your sunscreen doubles as a cooling agent while applying, and everybody knows that cool kids are happy kids! While on the topic of sunscreen, make sure to use your phone to set sunscreen timers so you can set it and forget it (aka spend less time stressing about whether or not it’s time to reapply). Lastly, we’ve encountered so many hacks designed to keep sand at the beach and out of the car, but we can’t help but think ours is the best hack yet. The Lessy Messy outdoor mats are the perfect beach essential because they keep sand where it belongs...at the beach. Better yet, if the sand is wet, your Lessy Messy stays dry thanks to a waterproof barrier. Our mats are soft and built to last, standing up to the heat of your washer and dryer at home, cleaning up doesn’t have to be more trouble than it’s worth. Simply shake out the blanket, fold it up, and head home. Enjoy your time at the beach this summer!