The nautical stripes on the roomy Legacy Weekend Saint James Large Dogleash Tote ($248) are just begging for a beach getaway. It even has an inside zipper pocket to keep valuables safe while you hang ten.
Nothing packs on the years like UVA rays, but you’ll look super glamorous saving face (and fighting sun damage) in this head turning woven Eric Javits Heidi Hat ($425).
Dying for a little R&R in the sun? Keep kids busy with the Ogodisk Mini ($29.99)—a paddle ball game that can even be used to hit water balloons for some wet and wild H2O fun in the sun!
Warm Weather Snacks
Since hungry kids equal cranky kids (and a rotten trip to the beach for everyone involved), it is vital to bring along sun-friendly foods like Jolly Oak Single Serving Granola 12-packs ($23.99) that come in gluten-free or nut-free flavors like Cinnamon Apple Raisin or Dark Chocolate Coconut Raisin—YUM!
We’re not normally big 2-in-1 fans, but since this adorable Stella McCartney Kids Striped Bag ($105) that turns into a towel for kids means we’ll have one less thing to carry to the beach, we’re all for it.
Swimsuit Cover Up
Make a statement in this Camilla Drawstring Cover Up Dress ($577) that says, “We just need a few relaxing hours in the sun and then we’ll be ready for a hot night on the town!”
Warning: This soft 100% cotton blanket may cause extreme relaxation! The genius of this Land’s End Beach Blanket ($64)? It comes with stakes to help you secure your place on the beach!
Save little feet from hot sand and rocky shores with Kids’ Adidas Varisol Sandals ($20-$25) that come in black, pink and blue for boys or girls. We give these water-friendly swim sandals bonus points for their covered toes and easy to slide on sling back style.
A sunscreen that’s a grease-fighting face powder too? Mommy says, “Yes please!” Dr. Few’s TFI Sundust ($50) in SPF 26 or 30 combats harsh rays while it de-shines oily skin. Now, we call that a win-win! And as far as protecting our kids, there’s nothing we wouldn’t do, except rub sunscreen packed with chemicals on them. Instead, we prefer going all natural with Honest Sunscreen SPF 30 ($13.95).
Everything Kate Spade makes is adorable and her Pack A Picnic Picnic Basket ($268) is no exception. The wicker-inspired basket has a zip-around leather lid so the only thing that can get into your food is YOU!
Andy Sachs and her evil ex-boss are back to stress us out and make us laugh in this summer’s most anticipated read, Lauren Weisberger’s Revenge Wears Prada: The Devil Returns ($15.75). Like the sunshine, the book’s June release date can’t come soon enough!
Bring your favorite tunes to the beach this summer with the BOOM Urchin Water-Resistant Bluetooth Speaker ($149.95). The Bluetooth wireless design comes in cute colors, weighs less than a pound, and has enough battery power to rock out until the sun goes down.
Seaside Essentials—Everything You Need To Pack For A Weekend At The Beach
Summer’s just around the corner and that means it is finally time to shed those winter layers and head to the beach. Sure, there was a time when you and your guy could throw some stuff in a bag and head out in a matter of minutes, but packing up for a weekend escape is a lot easier said than done when you throw kids in the mix. Instead of hauling everything but the kitchen sink—and the fridge—to the shore, we’ve rounded up our favorite beach necessities to keep you and yours entertained and looking great in the sand and surf.
We’re talking portable, water-resistant BOOM speakers to play summertime tunes, easy-to-pack Jolly Oak granola snacks for quick pick-me-ups by the water, and adorable (and durable) Kids’ Adidas water shoes to keep little feet from burning up on the hot, hot sand.
So whether you’re shading your face with a fabulous Hepburn-esque wide brim Eric Javits Heidi Hat or taking a quick catnap by the shore on the durable Land’s End Beach Blanket, we have everything you’ll need to make all your seaside weekend adventures memorable ones.
By Jo Aaron