Packing for any family vacation can be a bit daunting to get everyone ready.
If your family is planning a beach vacation, here are some tips to be sure that you are ready for the trip.
1. Use separate suitcases for everyone
It may seem practical to pack all the kids clothes together, but it’s easier in the long run if they have their own suitcases. That way, you can do a quick check to verify you’ve packed everything they need.
2. Leave room for what you bring back
We pack suitcases so that there is no room left for anything else. Think ahead. Instead of trying to keep track of individual shopping bags, pack each person’s souvenirs in their respective bag so that everything is accounted for.
3. Check the weather forecast
Take a look at the weather forecast for the week of vacation. If they are calling for rain but high temperatures, or sun but breezy, pack accordingly. Even in the rain, light-colored clothing made of cotton will allow your skin to breathe and keep you comfortable. Pack a windbreaker with a hood if inclement weather is a possibility.
4. Consider your activities
Now that you have clothing, what about the beach fun? What will you need? Definitely pack a bathing suit, beach shoes, towels, hats, umbrellas, cover-ups and sand toys for the kids. Keep the beach items together but separate from the other luggage so you can grab them from the car easily for quick set-up on the sand.
5. Pack toiletries last
You will get up on the morning of departure and wash and brush your teeth. Leaving this until last ensures that you will not forget toothbrush, deodorant or shampoo. If the family uses the same types of items, buy larger product sizes to be shared instead of several individual ones.
Last but not least, pack the day before you leave. This gives you time to do a final check so you are ready to go the next morning. Beach vacations are a lot more fun and stress free when you pack accordingly.