Your Summer Beach Essentials Checklist
With Summer holidays just around the corner, it’s exciting to imagine yourself at the beach with your family soaking up some sunshine. For baby's first trip to the beach, there are a few things you will need to pack. We’ve compiled a handy beach holiday checklist to help you prepare.
There are few things in life more exciting than getting ready for your summer holidays. Knowing that you're going to sit back, relax and enjoy a holiday at the beach is one of the best feelings.
However, it is so important to be sun smart and ensure that you are prepared before you get to the beach. Australia has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the world, but there are some steps you can take to protect you and your family when out in the sun.
Here are our must-have items to pack in your bag, to enjoy some summer holiday fun with your little one:
When purchasing swimmers for your child, look for a UPF50+ full-body swim suit with long arms and legs. This will give your little one maximum protection from the sun’s UV radiation.
Choose a swim suit with a long zip, to make change time easy.
A UPF50+ legionnaire style of hat is a great choice for little ones as it provides protection for the face, ears and neck. Choose a style with a stretchy quick dry fabric so it is comfortable to wear.
When shopping for sunscreen, look for a UVA and UVB broad spectrum sunscreen that is suitable for kids. A kids' sunscreen will often be a gentle formulation that is suitable for delicate skin.
Ecostork recommends Natural Instinct Kids Natural Sunscreen SPF30. The easy to apply formulation leaves a translucent white protective layer on the skin so you can see where the sunscreen has been applied.
Tip: Always apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to sun exposure.
Widespread use of sunscreen on babies under 6 months old is not recommended. Physical protections such as shade, clothing and broad-brimmed hats are the best sun protection measures. More information can be found at the Cancer Council website.
A swim nappy is a must have for babies, and at Ecostork we recommend a reusable cloth swim nappy. The My Little Gumnut cloth swim nappies are suitable for swimming pools or the beach, and will fit nicely under baby’s swimsuit.
The mesh inner lining is designed to catch solids while allowing liquid to flow through so the nappy does not absorb water and become bulky.
A large wet bag is designed to carry wet swimmers and swim nappies as it is made from a water resistant fabric. The My Little Gumnut large wetbag will fit a child’s towel and swimmers. Simply squeeze out any excess water before placing in the bag.
Our final must have for your summer holiday is a beach towel. A baby hooded towel is ideal as you can slip it over your little one’s head as soon as they get out of the water. It’s a fun and practical accessory for trips to the beach or pool.
Once you have these items packed, it’s time to head off to the beach and enjoy yourself. We hope you have a great holiday!