A Parent’s Beach Day Survival Kit

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I have to tell you about a special place I can go – and it’s never far from my mind and heart.

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Not long after Cassidy and I got back together and knew it was serious, he took me to his father’s house in Truro on Cape Cod. It’s a long house in a wooded area on a gravel road that I always think is impossible to find. It has four bedrooms and has recently undergone renovations, but the soul of the house is intact. You walk into that house in July and breathe in the smell of summer vacation. You walk into that house in December and breathe in the smell of summer vacation memories. Summer could be far away but you can’t turn in a corner in the house without being reminded. Pictures and poetry hang all through the house. There is one wall in particular that captivates me every single time I visit the house. And, it always will.

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It is filled, floor to ceiling, with photos of Cassidy and his brothers and cousins from babyhood to adulthood. It tells tales of being buried in the sand, of cookie and peanut butter sandwiches, of beach days and outdoor showers, of corn on the cob and ice cream and finding sand in your shoes long after you have gone back to work or school or winter and whatever other dreaded thing you escaped. You look at these pictures and you see a gift that children have been given. They have been taught to truly know joy and pure fun. Not everyone receives these gifts. The evidence is on the wall. It is written in every expression on every face of every photo. You can’t look at these pictures and not smile. I looked and thought, “I want that.”

And now, I have it and I couldn’t be happier..

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..but it can be totally nutty too!

The funny strange thing about traveling with your kids, other than the fact that you never rest or turn off your brain about their needs and desires, is that it isn’t neat and tidy. You have sippy cups and stuffed animals and swim diapers scattered under beds and kitchen tables. You have kid swimsuits drying on the deck. And, you have emotions scattered in hidden places. Maybe under beds and kitchen tables, and in closets. Sometimes those two or three or four days at our happy beach town go by in a blink! It’s best to make sure you’re doing them right and filling them with good times. The very best times.

And so I present to you my Parent’s Beach Day Survival Kit – all from Target! This will help you to create a fun and maybe (dare I say) calming feel about a day at the beach. This is you being prepared. And this is you packing your beach bag wisely!

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1- Sunscreen, of course! Not only any sunscreen, but Neutrogena Sheer Zinc® sunscreens. There’s Neutrogena Sheer Zinc®, SPF 30 Lotion Neutrogena Sheer Zinc®, SPF 50 Face Lotion, and Neutrogena Sheer Zinc®, SPF 50 Lotion.

When I first stop into Target, I head to the Sun Care section:

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This is the most important item to put in your beach day bag. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc® offers superior UVA/UVB sun protection, and is the only choice that has breakthrough Purescreen® technology powered by naturally-sourced, 100% zinc oxide. Neutrogena Sheer Zinc™ is effective, yet gentle on even sensitive skin. There are plenty of wonderful benefits:

Naturally-sourced zinc oxide, Hypoallergenic, Sweat and water-resistant (80 minutes), Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores), Oil-free, Dermatologist-tested, and Awarded the National Eczema Association Seal of Acceptance™ as a suitable sunscreen for persons with sensitive skin conditions. And, it’s now in stores! So many good things to say.

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2 – A water dispenser. Yes, really! Sure, water is super important, but these cheap and delightful contraptions will also help rinse off your shoes, legs, hands, etc. for when you need to put on your shoes and get back in the car.

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3 – Toys for sand and water. Anything to keep them occupied! Think of the traditional shovel and pail sets, because kids love digging and building. Think Nerf balls, lightweight Frisbees, sand diggers, metal detectors, sand sifters, balls, butterfly/fishing nets, beach balls, squirt toys, goggles, masks, and more! I’m out of breath from that comprehensive list!

4 – A kid-kit. I know we already covered toys, but this is more like personal care items. Think bandages, sippy cups, resealable bags, a change of clothes, antibacterial wipes, first-aid cream, water/swim shoes, bug spray..

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5 – Floatation devices. You’ll have to check with your public/private beaches to see what they allow. Ours allows rafts and noodles, and you can check with your beach about Coast Guard-approved life jackets for new swimmers.

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6 – Comfort, resting, drying items. This is all one category, I think. Bring chairs, kid-sized chairs, towels, extra towels, beach umbrellas, blankets, and little shade tents for babies/toddlers if you have them.

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7 – Protective sun barrier items. Pack sun hats, with brims, protective clothing, sunglasses that block UV rays, rashguards, and if possible – even baby sunglasses. Young ones shouldn’t spend a lot of time in the sun. Be protected!

8 – Personal care items, for YOU! Pack lip gloss (with SPF), makeup remover pads, pain relief aids, aloe after sun-lotion.

9 – Water and non-perishable snacks. Target is GREAT for this! Get creative! I do bananas, pistachios, cashews, jerky, nutrition bars, crackers, cookies, pretzels, apples, etc. The list goes on and depends on what you all like!


10 – Memory preservation items. Yes, this is totally a thing. Pack resealable plastic bags for collecting seashell and sea glass. You can also pack a plastic jar. Pack a disposable or waterproof camera, or a waterproof case for your phone.

Yes. I just acknowledged that it’s 2017.

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With the sun and heat finally arriving, now is the time to pick up Neutrogena Sheer Zinc™ at Target! Between 5/21 and 5/27, if you purchase $15 in sun care products at Target (in-store or online) you’ll get a FREE $5 Target GiftCard!

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So, what do you put in your beach day survival kit? And how much of it comes from Target?

Ready for a fun day at the beach with family? Make sure you pack these must-haves in your beach bag for a perfect day #ad #SummerSkinReady #ChooseSkinHealth

Happy Beach Day!

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  1. So, excited that it is almost beach time here. Today is supposed to be 75 and sunny. So I know it is finally coming and yes you nailed it with your tips here, too 🙂

  2. Going to the beach by myself always requires a lot of planning and a lot of different products and items so I can only imagine what going to the beach with you kids would involve. I really want to visit Cape Cod one day soon, it looks so romantic. I’ve tried this sunscreen and it works very very well.

  3. I have a two and half month old and just the thought of what it would take to go to the beach with her overwhelms me 😉 Thank you for this list, it will be quite helpful!!

  4. This is a really good list. I always bring sunscreen whenever we go out to the beach, although it’s been a while. Water is also very important. BTW most people think that because we’re dark that we don’t burn, they couldn’t be further from the truth.

  5. Oh man, I so wish we were going to the beach this year. But we are not 🙁 Maybe next year. I miss it and your tips are spot on. We have that same swan floating device!

  6. I have noticed the sun is getting stronger each year. As I spend a good portion of my summer outside, I look forward to trying Neutrogena Sheer Zinc sunscreen this year.

  7. Love the way this is written with so many family memories woven in, and looking forward to crating more this summer! {client}

  8. Love the Neutrogena sunscreens! I always use them for my son, I’m not taking any chances with his skin!

  9. You have a beautiful family. We love the beach and we always make it a point to go as often as we can. I make sure I have m supply of sunscreens for the whole family.

  10. I never knew that they made sunscreen products with zinc in it. This sounds absolutely amazing!

  11. I have to admit that I miss going to the beach even though the sand bothers me. The beach in Texas is miles and miles away. 🙁

    When I lived in North Carolina, the beach was 30 minutes to an hour away depending on which one that we went too.

  12. I am so ready for summer and beach days! I have one child with very sensitive skin and Neutrogena products are one of the only sun screens that do not bother her.

  13. That a pretty awesome swan! A lot of beaches we go to that have lifeguards don’t allow any kind of flotation items, which can be frustrating. Great tips for the beach – it can be such a project to go places with the kids!

  14. I have used this sunscreen before and I love that it provides a sheer coverage that isn’t too heavy feeling. Love the survival kit tips for the beach.

  15. It is really important to be prepare when we get into beach or outing. Survival kit is very helpful especially to our kids.

  16. We always buy Neutrogena products for summer. I love the lightweight feel, high quality, and protection. Can’t wait to hit the beach this summer!

  17. I haven’t tried any of these products before. With summer coming up quickly I think I am going to need to get some! Thank you for sharing.

  18. Your beach pictures are the best! I am totally dreaming about the beach this summer. I love Nuetrogena’s sheer zinc face lotion. It is the best!

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