Tips for the Perfect Beach Day

Living here on the coast of New England, we’ve quickly become masters of the Beach Day. We have a great beach about two miles from our house on the bay, but if we want the waves, we have to drive down to Newport and make a day of it! After a few false starts (“What do you mean you forgot your bathing suit??”), we now have the perfect system down to making the most of our all-day beach days. It may look like we’re planning gone camping, but we really do only have the essentials!


  1. Pack and Plan: We always pack the cooler with lots of refreshing snacks and lunch. No heavy food here – tons of fresh fruit and veggies, sandwiches, and loads of water. The day before, we buy a gallon jug of water and freeze it overnight, so we have nice, cold water to drink throughout the day as it defrosts.
  2. Get comfy! We have a few water-repellent nylon sheets that you can stake into the ground. But a few king-sized sheets work just as well! We lay our towels on top of these to keep them sand-free. Chairs are essential! We always bring at least two, plus an umbrella for some shade.
  3. Get clean! Always pack hand sanitizer – some of the best beaches have only porta-potties! Baby wipes – yes, even if you don’t have a baby. They’re perfect for wiping gobs of sunscreen (or perhaps ice cream) off your hands.  Baby powder is THE BEST way to remove sand! Sprinkle on your feet or hands and the sand will brush right off.
  4. Sunscreen up: Nothing ruins a beach day like sunburn! Make sure you are reapplying every two hours – sooner if you’re swimming or sweating a bunch.
  5. Bring games: Frisbee, football, sand toys, even some books! Swimming all day is super tiring and your troops will be pooped before lunchtime! Rotate your activities in and out of the water! After lunch, we always have a little break with some reading time to rest and recuperate. (Sometimes they even fall asleep in the shade for a bit!)
  6. Bring a Wonder Wheeler! About our second trip of wrestling everything from our car to the beach, we realized there was a reason EVERYONE HAS ONE! It is THE BEST BEACH ACCESSORY EVER!
    We can fit everything that the five of us needs for the day – from our towels and chairs, to our little cooler! The Wonder Wheeler is an absolute lifesaver.  The wide wheels can handle even the softest sand and with everything from a umbrella holder to having a  removable tote with shoulder strap, you will have a place for everything! We even bring it on vacation and camping – it’s so convenient! (Its also amazing when you’re the snack mom for games!)

Need one for your summer beaching? One lucky reader will WIN!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post, however all opinions are my own. And the Wonder Wheeler love is real.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
About Melissa

Written by Melissa Angert, editor of this fashion blog and author of Girlymama. You can also find her on Twitter as Melissa Angert. She is a mom of 3 living in Providence.


  1. My must-have for a beach day is sunglasses.

  2. Mandy S says:

    Our family must have is sunscreen. We are all fair skinned burnables. 😉

  3. sunscreen, an umbrella and plenty of toys! new england in the summer is the best!

  4. Carly Williams says:

    My must haves for a beach day are a reclining chair, a cute beach bag, sunscreen, headphones, and a cold drink!

  5. fizzy water and a book!

  6. Laura m says:

    My must haves are water, snacks, a beach umbrella, and beach towels!

  7. Denise Sachs says:

    One of my must haves is sunglasses.

  8. Linda Cabral says:

    Water Bottle

  9. Stephanie Phelps says:

    My must have is a beach blanket for our day at the beach!

  10. Shannon Baas says:

    Sunscreen, food and water.

  11. maria simon says:

    water and snacks and epipen

  12. Katie Usher says:

    Must haves sunglasses, frisbee, cold water, cold fruit and sunblock

  13. Jamie Martin says:

    Ice water!

  14. good weather!

  15. karen mayernick says:

    My family! Thanks so much for the opportunity! Fantastic prize!!

  16. Chris Noe says:

    Books and sunblock. Thanks for the opportunity.

  17. My must-have for a beach day is a towel!

  18. Richard Hicks says:

    I must have lots of sun screen!

  19. Ashley C says:

    This wonder wheeler! But really, my must haves definitely include sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat and some sleeves to put on midday if you start to get too much sun!

  20. Tari Lawson says:

    Other than sunscreen, my must have is a comfy chair.

  21. Lisa V. says:

    My must have is sun screen and sunglasses.

  22. Michelle Hill says:

    My must-have is a portable radio!

  23. My must have is an umbrella.

  24. susan smoaks says:

    i have to have sunscreen, lots of sunscreen.

  25. Sunscreen and cold bottled water!

  26. Jillian Too says:

    Our family must-have is sun screen but my personal must-have is my sunglasses.

  27. Wood ,s’mores ,lighter,sunscreen,sand toys,wipes,water,fresh fruit,small inflatable kiddie pool with sunshade for babies we weigh it down with a full lunch size cooler packed with snacks,drinks,ice.sunscreen,shades,towels bathing suits ,dry clothes clamming gun,bucket,kite.1 small crabbing pot,rope .

  28. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    We live close enough to walk to the beach. A bucket or bag for collecting sea glass, water to drink, and a towel are must for us!

  29. allyson tice says:

    my beach must have is cooler with ice!!

  30. Brittney House says:

    I need some sunscreen, a comfy chair, and an umbrella.

  31. Katrina Brockavich says:

    My must-have for a beach day is sunscreen! I hate being sunburnt and I don’t want my kids to burn.

  32. emily l says:

    Sunscreen! I burn entirely too easy and the last couple of times it’s triggered a case of shingles.

  33. Chelsea Brown says:

    My summer beach must-have is chips and umbrella and lots of water.

  34. Regine Karpel says:


  35. Paul Gardner says:

    My must-haves are water, snacks, sunblock, towels, and chairs!

  36. Erica B. says:

    Gotta have an umbrella!

  37. Leanne Godfrey says:

    My must-have is sunglasses! Have a great week!

  38. Cynthia says:

    We have lots we are always bringing with us; sunscreen, sunglasses, cooler with lots of drinks, snacks, towels, sand toys, floats.

  39. Patricia D says:

    Sunscreen! I never leave the house without it, and definitely need tons of it at the beach!

  40. cheryl larimer says:

    My must have is sunscreen. I have seen the extreme effects of the sun and it is so important that we cover ourselves and our children with sunscreen/sun shades/sunglasses/hats .

  41. Jessica L. says:

    Sunscreen and water are our must haves!

  42. Jill Hanson says:

    A sun hat for me and water to drink to keep hydrated

  43. Mary Beth Elderton says:

    Must have good sunglasses and plenty of water…and usually a good book 🙂

  44. Kelly D says:

    Our must have is a beach blanket.

  45. KaylaKayla says:

    My must-have for a beach day is at towel! You can use it to dry off and lie on the beach! 🙂

  46. Justin Sparks says:

    My beautiful little girls

  47. LaTanya says:

    sunhat and sunglasses

  48. Stacie H says:

    We set up a big canopy and chairs so we can sit in the shade and watch the kids play! 🙂

  49. Jenny S says:

    Water, sunscreen, comfy seating, snacks, and music.

  50. A big towel.

  51. Tammy Shelton says:

    My must haves are sunglasses, water & sunscreen.

  52. Frozen water bottles that melt for ice cold water are must as is sunscreen, beach towel, sunglasses and snacks.

  53. Jessica Cox says:

    My must have is sunscreen I have very pale skin , and my kindle

  54. Breanne says:

    Sunglasses and sunscreen are my must haves.

  55. Jennifer Heintz says:

    If I have to carry out and carry in everything, the must haves are water, sunscreen, sunglasses and towel.

  56. Taylor Dorman says:

    This would be amazing to carry everthing on when i go to the beach! A rather clever and amazing beach cart to have : )

  57. natasha Lamoreux says:

    Wow my family needs this so bad. This would make our trips to beach so much easier. My must haves are and umbrella and chairs.

  58. Carrie G says:

    A huge blanket. I love napping on the beach

  59. katherine says:

    Sun screen nd floppy hat

  60. My must have is a hat.

  61. wen budro says:

    Hmmm……I will go with ice cold drinks as my beach must-have.

  62. My must have is sun block

  63. Tina Parsons says:

    An umbrella to duck under and allow me to stay and enjoy the beach longer!

    • It’s great to read something that’s both enjoyable and provides prmaiatgsdc solutions.

    • फार जुनं प्रकरण आहे ते. अरे कोंकणातंच हा प्रकार व्हायचा, असं म्हणतात, पुर्वी मुलगा आणि मुलगी लग्नाच्या वेळेस फार लहान असायचे, तेंव्हाच हा प्रकार सुरु झाला.

    • I didn't see the debate you're talking about. However, while channel surfing, I came across what appeared to be a debate between two candidates for the Premiership of Israel. One of them (darker fellow, must be a Sabra) was boasting about how he had virtually destroyed the economy of Iran. That'll show em'. The other guy may as well have been Cato the Elder talking about Carthage.Let me know our OUR presidential debate went, if anyone gets a glimpse of it.

  64. Stephanie Larison says:

    Sunscreen and lots of water for the family.

  65. Charlene S. says:

    A beach towel and a big floppy hat are my must haves.

  66. Julie Harris says:

    I have to have my inflatable raft, my sunscreen, sunglasses and my husband floating next to me holding my hand.

  67. Jo Brock says:

    Must haves are a stocked cooler, towels and sunscreen.

  68. William Stoerner says:

    Must have? Just me and a cold beer.

  69. Sunscreen and a lilla rose flexi clip!

  70. Lauren O'Toole says:

    I have to bring y chapstick.

  71. LeAnn Harbert says:

    Sunscreen and sand buckets for the kids.

  72. Tiffany S says:

    My must have for a beach day Is sunglasses.

  73. Mark Marville says:


  74. Laurie Emerson says:

    My must haves for a beach day are sunscreen, hat, blanket and plenty of water and some fruit.

  75. Melissa Cunningham says:

    My beach must have is a swim suit

  76. towels, water, sunscreen and an umbrella

  77. Patricia Wojnar Crowley says:

    Plenty of snacks and drinks!

  78. Sarah Cool says:


  79. Stephanie Liske says:

    We must have towels.

  80. james jenkins says:

    High-SPF sunscreen and a BIG blanket!

  81. elizabeth p says:

    I have to have lots of sunscreen. Thanks for hte chance.

  82. Ashley Busse says:

    Sunscreen is my absolute must have!!!

  83. MaryAnn says:

    My must haves are sunscreen and baby powder to help get the sand off.

  84. angela smith says:

    sunscreen and water bottle

  85. Trisha McKee says:

    Red Bull and books! Those are my total must-haves but there are other things I love taking with me.

  86. Wendy Caddy says:

    For the beach around here I need a windbreaker, hat, and my binoculars.

  87. Carolyn Daley says:

    I must have sunscreen, sunglasses, water, and a towel.

  88. Sandy Bonesteel says:

    My must haves for a beach day are a comfortable beach chair to sit in. And sunscreen. And lots of cold water to drink.

  89. Janine Hwang says:

    Must haves are sunblock, sunglasses, a hat, and a good book!

  90. Kristi C says:

    I have to have my sunscreen and a good book.

  91. My must-have for a beach day is towel.

  92. amy calvert says:

    Sunscreen is all you need…let the waves handle all the stress! That said, I am sure the grandkids will fill the carrier with stuff in no time!

  93. Kristina Potter says:

    Something to lay out on!!!!! water, and sunscreen are a must too!! I also love bringing a fresh new read to the beach, but that doesn’t happen much with having a toddler running around..

  94. Kathy Pease says:

    My must have is sunscreen and my ipod

  95. Jennifer Bay says:

    Sunglasses and sunscreen are my beach must have.

  96. Tell us your must-have for a beach day!

    Hot chick in a tiny bikini!

  97. Vicki D. says:

    Sunglasses are my most important item! I don’t like squinting. Besides, the sun is not good for your eyes.
    Then, sunscreen and water are my next two most important items. I want to protect myself against skin cancer. Plus, out in the sun, you need water to stay hydrated.

  98. harolde says:

    We need to have sunscreen and water for sure!!

  99. Ellie Wright says:

    Sunblock. I’m very pale.

  100. Janet m says:

    lots of cold water,sunblock and snacks:)

  101. this looks so useful

  102. Katherine Riley says:

    Sunscreen, drinks, snacks and a good book.

  103. Jerry Marquardt says:

    Sunscreen is a must for any beach day, cloudy or clear.

  104. Sunscreen is a must have but I also love my floppy hat.

  105. natalie yeoman says:

    i would have to say a cooler full of my favorite drinks

  106. Darlene Carbajal says:

    I must have sunscreen and water!

  107. Angela Winesburg says:

    Sunscreen, food and water.

  108. Gail Fernandez says:

    My beach must-have is definitely sunscreen and a good book to read.

  109. Our must have is the little red wagon we always put our supplies and the little one in! She loves ridding in it and it’s so convenient! 🙂

  110. Elizabeth Robinson says:


  111. Buddy Garrett says:

    Sunscreen is my must have.

  112. Allyson becker says:

    I would need sunscreen!

  113. A huge umbrella and blanket. Lots of sunblock and a cooler filled with food.

  114. amanda whitley says:

    my beach must have is a beach towel

  115. Lily Kwan says:

    sunscreen and a beach towel