My Beach Babes Essentials

Living in Southern California, summer can only mean one thing: time to hit the beach! A trip to the beach is the perfect daycation that the whole family will enjoy. All four of my babes love some supervised seaside playtime, and it’s something Dean and I always look forward to, too. But before my beach babes and I hit the sand I always make sure we’re fully prepared. So today I wanted to share my five must-haves for any family trip to the beach.

But if you’re not near the shore, don’t you worry… most of these tips apply to the lake or neighborhood pool too! Check them out:

1. Broad Spectrum SPF. Sunscreen is the No. 1 thing beach-bound mamas should never leave the house without. But with so many options these days, it can be hard to know what to look for in an SPF. First of all, make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 15 and says “broad spectrum” on the bottle, which means it keeps out both UVA and UVB rays. For super easy application, try sunscreen towelettes, spray, or fun wacky foam sunscreen that the kiddos will be excited to put on. And whatever sunscreen you choose, make sure to reapply every two hours or after dips in the water—even if you’re using a waterproof formula.


2. Haute Hats.
Babies’ skin is especially delicate, so in addition to slathering on the sunscreen I usually bring hats for Hattie and Finn. I try to teach my babes at a young age that you can look chic while protecting your skin against harmful rays. These great hats from my toddlerista clothing line Little Maven are on sale right now!


3. Sand Toys. Liam and Stella love digging for sand crabs so I always have buckets and shovels in our beach bag. But this sweet sand cupcakes set would really take things to the next level! Or, if you want to get really fancy, try making plaster of Paris sandy footprints like I did with my older babes a couple summers ago.


4. Mesh or Rafia Beach Bag. Here’s a little trick I learned for keeping the sand where it belongs: swap the canvas tote for a beach bag with holes in it. Instead of taking the entire beach home with you, just shake, shake, shake, senora before getting into the car and you’re good to go.


5. Beach Blanket.
Bringing a beach blanket is a lot easier than packing individual towels for the whole family. These chic striped throws from Steven Alan are big enough for all four babes to lay on but lightweight enough to tote around.


What are your essentials for a family trip to the beach?

Share them in the comments below.


  • Ashley Taylor

    The cupcake thing is ADORABLE! Am totally picking that up for our next beach trip! :)

  • Kathleen Orland

    Beach bag, a big blanket, a small pillow, an umbrella, lots of 60 SPF sunblock, a big hat, lots of water, and a bottle of talcum powder to help me get the sand off my skin. (note: my children are grown)

  • Heidi

    Reapply sunscreen every 80 mins! That’s what the new bottles read.
    Super cute beach items!

  • tyevfi123

    My 3 babes (2, 4, and almost 6) have been hitting the beach since they were born…one of our musts is our Radio Flyer wagon…we only have one riding now but it is helpful in carrying our beach toys and as a table for lunch. We also swear by Aruba Aloe sunblock…best tan ever and never a burn (even on my Irish skin!).

  • joanne stubbs

    how about snacks and drinks. If you put ice in individual drinking cups with lids, the drink will stay really cold in your insulated beach bag

  • Karen Solarek

    If you have not heard of the baby powder trick to clean off sand it is a must have for this Lake Michigan loving family…I am sure that it would work just as well on the California sand!!!

  • Lemon Meringue

    Please, tell this ignorant mother how the bebypowder trick works! We’ll be hitting the Normandy coast in France within a few days so I can use every beach trick I can get!

  • desi

    I love the cupcake sand toys, so cute! My must have items are sunscreen, toys, snacks and drinks. Oh, and of course sunglasses for everyone. My Mom always just put a big sheet down for all of us and I have stuck to that tradition.

  • Carly E

    I would love to know your skincare routine Tori!! Maybe a youtube video on it, very interested to see what products your recommend!!

  • Keri Fox

    Hey, Tori! I LOVE your dress you are wearing in this picture of you on the beach w/Finn…wear is it from? I am always on the lookout for new summer, casual dresses!

  • Madison Kile

    When will you be back on tv? I miss watching you and your family on tv!!

  • Karen Solarek

    Just sprinkle baby powder on the wet sticky sand and off it brushes…it is like magic. My four year old loves to roll down the sand dunes and will be covered in sand from head to toe..baby powder to the rescue she is cleaned off within minutes. I saw another post stating talcom powder…pretty sure this would work the same way but I personally love the smell of baby powder :) Have a wonderful vacation!!

  • Lemon Meringue

    Thanks Karen! I’ve lived my whole live surrounded by lakes, sea and beaches and we spend loads of time in the sand. But I have never heard of the babypowder trick before! Merci beaucoup and have a lovely summer yourself!

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