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What to Pack for a Beach Getaway with the Kids

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Planning a beach getaway with kids? Now that you’re a parent, the days of just throwing your bikini (or swim shorts) in a bag and hitting the shore have been replaced with a good deal of careful packing. There are many things that you need to bring that you would have never considered when hitting the beach during Spring Break in your younger years.

Visiting the sandy shores can be just as fun with the littles as long are you are prepared. To help out with the planning process, I’ve put together a list of items that are must-haves for your beach getaway.

To help you even more, I sat down and filmed a Baby Gizmo Video Episode explaining my reason for each one.

  • One (1) complete outfit for each day of your vacation for each kid
  • Sunscreen 50 SPF+
  • Water Shoes
  • Swimsuit(s)
  • Sun Hat
  • Rash Guard
  • Sunglasses
  • Beach Bag
  • Beach Towel
  • Life Vest (good idea for all kids in the ocean – even your strong swimmers)
  • Baby Wipes
  • Car Seat
  • Waterproof Gadget Cases
  • Travel Activities
  • Outlet Covers
  • Diapers (pre-potty trained kids)
  • Swim Diapers
  • Diaper Disposable Bags
  • Wet Bag (for wet clothes or swimsuits)
  • Baby Soap/Shampoo
  • First Aid Kit

If you are traveling with a baby and don’t want the hassle of bringing the big baby gear, there are companies that will deliver strollers, cribs, high chairs and other great gear right to your room. Baby’s Away ( and Coastal Crib Rental  ( are two companies in the Panama City Beach area.

The most important thing to remember when hitting the beach with kids (or traveling anywhere for that matter!) is to pack plenty of patience and just have fun.

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