There are plenty of things to remember and pack when you’re going on a vacation. More than 14 million visitors flock to Myrtle Beach every year so we know the importance of getting off to a good start on your trip! The key is to be organized and plan ahead. So while you may have booked your Myrtle Beach hotel and planned the itinerary for your vacation, here are five must-have items that moms should make sure to pack for their beach trip.
Few things can ruin a beach vacation faster than a terrible sunburn. Do not take a chance on getting burnt at the beach. Apply a generous amount of sunscreen to yourself and the kids before you hit the beach for the day, and re-apply frequently as you swim and sweat in the sun. Spray-on sunscreens are convenient, especially once you get sandy. For excellent coverage, use a run-on sunblock before you leave your hotel or beach rental, and then use the spray-on to re-apply while you’re out and about.
2. Beach toys
One thing that never goes out of style: the beach bucket and shovel. Even in this high-tech world, these simple tools can entertain kids for hours in the sand. They can build sandcastles, collect seashells or other treasures, or just carry a cool splash of water to pour on Mom’s feet. It’s seriously a lot of bang for very few bucks. For the older kids, invest in boogie boards or skim boards. Riding the waves is a surefire way to keep boredom at bay.
3. Beach games
Strike up a little friendly family competition on the beach. Bocce ball, ladder ball and corn hole are all great beach games that can get the whole family involved. All can be played one-on-one or in teams and require minimal setup. (It’s worth mentioning that all can also be played with a cold beverage in one hand, as well). The kids will love having Mom and Dad join in on the fun.
Just as sunscreen protects your skin during your beach trip, sunglasses will protect your eyes. Also, in the off chance that you get a moment to sit and relax during your visit, you’ll want to be able to see clearly to keep an eye on your family. If you love high-end sunglasses, consider investing in an inexpensive pair for the beach. Sand can scratch your lenses, or waves can wash away belongings. It’s a good idea to have glasses you won’t be heartbroken over losing.
It’s a no-brainer these days that you’ll have a camera with you — even if it’s just your cell phone camera. But make sure you have a full battery charge and plenty of storage space to capture your family’s beach memories. Try taking action shots of the kids playing or body surfing in addition to any posed shots. Dusk offers great lighting for photographs so even after a long day of play, venture back out for some great photos on the beach.