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After almost three weeks of beach time in Florida, I feel like an expert in beach bag packing. I think I might even add it to my resume. I’m that good at it.
I’m at the point now where it takes me only a minute or two to toss everything we need into the bag and we are on our way. Since we were staying so long in Florida, I decided not to buy anything here and instead to just go to CVS once we landed. It turned out to be a perfect plan as there was a CVS store practically around each corner we turned. During our almost three weeks there we stopped at 6 CVS’s. Seriously! It went even beyond beach bag essentials.
In Key Largo, Emmy bought her local magnet. We get a magnet in each stop we make and Emmy wanted hers from CVS.
When we were in Naples, we were hungry late one night. With the time change 10pm local time was only 7pm to us, so we headed into CVS for some snacks!
In Miami we needed buy sunblock and the rest of our beach bag necessities, and Emmy helped me pick them all out! Here is what we keep in our beach bag. I keep the same things in it if I have kids with me or not, although it would be very rare not to have them and be at the beach!
Here is what we pack in our perfect beach bag:
Sunglasses or goggles for everyone! Sunglasses go beyond comfort. They also protect our eyes from the sun and the damaging rays.
Towels for everyone! Sometimes more than one. For Emmy I normally bring two. One for her to wipe her eyes on and one for her to dry off with. If we son’t have lounge chairs waiting for us, then I would bring more for us to lie on.
Sunblock! Big tubes of it and also a sunblock stick. We love the CVS Health Children’s 55 Sunstick. It makes covering faces and ears so much easier and also keeps hands clean when you reapply at the beach.
Lotion and lip treatment. I get dry skin and lips so easily and so do my girls. For our comfort we always keep both of these in our beach bag.
Children’s Anti-Bacterial Bandages. It totally doesn’t hurt that these have sharks all over them. They are the perfect ones to take with us to the beach. I keep these in the bag even without kids because I’ve stepped on something sharp at the beach too many times to remember and having something to treat it right then and there saves me from having to go back to the hotel room or home.
Snacks and beverages. A beach day isn’t complete without something to snack on and something to keep us hydrated. I love these CVS Gold Emblem Sparkling Waters. They are so refreshing and tasty!