We moved to a new house over winter and now live a block from the beach! Which is heaven for Jay and the Nuggets who are all total beach bums - Jay grew up at the Mount and is a surfer so no wonder right?! Sand and salty water makes those three happy like no other. I on the other hand am a pool over beach kind of girl! It’s not that I don’t like the ocean or the beach for that matter, I just hate sand, and it goes hand in hand with the ocean unfortunately! It gets to me, especially if it's under my nails. Ugh! Sand castle building is a nightmare for me. Now I know I come off as sounding prissy here, I hate it, but I plaster a smile on my face and do it anyway because I love my kids and my kids love the beach. Our beach days are epic, once I get over the sand scenario. They are full of fun, laughs, food, and we make so many amazing memories. But with twins, and all my necessary beach items (more on that in a second), a quick trip to the beach or a full day comes with a LOT of stuff. Now we are walking distance from the beach I had to get my thinking cap on with what was going to be my beach essentials this year, and how I would be able to transport them from the house to the beach without needing a car. So here is my list of beach essentials:
Now prams are great for transporting children, but they won't cart two kids and a full day's worth of beach items. So my number one beach essential this year was a trolley that we could pull everything to the beach in (even the children sometimes), and one that wouldn’t take up a whole lot of room in our garage. I found a collapsible trolley on Trade Me for $128 that would carry 70kgs of weight. Perfect! I imagined the boys would want to pull it along too but our first trip to the beach this week saw them wanting a ride, of course!
It worked a treat though and it will be something we take down to the Mount with us now too; it was always a mission walking back to Jay's parents house from the beach with buckets, spades, towels and twins too! Why didn’t I think of this earlier?
Corny quote time; “music is the soundtrack to life,” and in our family that is so true. Our handy elements proof Sony wireless speaker always makes the trip to the beach with us.
When I’m at the beach I like a comfy setup. Pre-kids I could just lay on my back and read or soak up some vitamin D, and a towel would see me right. Two kids later and now I have to be sitting up, watching the kids, applying sunscreen, fetching snacks and playing with the kids. I like to have a plastic based picnic blanket I found at the Citta Outlet store to sit on, as towels are for drying wet children with rather than lounging on these days.
My favourite purchase for this summer is my Ezibuy Life Recliner seats. They lay flat for storage, have a strap to sling over your shoulder to carry, and with a few clicks the back can sit at a number of reclining levels. They are soft, comfy and I LOVE them. So nice sitting with back support at the beach as I have a bad lower back, plus they’re much comfier, lighter and easier to transport than your average beach chair too.
The Playpouch! We were gifted two of these and I singled one out right away for the beach. I throw everything into it and pull two drawstrings and it turns from a round mat to a bag - perfect for beach accessories! Even better is being able to lay it down and open it back out into a mat for use at the beach and for shaking all the sand out at the end of the day; no more bag crevices filling up with sand!
Turkish towels are my go to for beach use, they are just as absorbent but take up a fraction of space in your bag where space is at a premium and dry much faster. Winning!
Hydration is key and like me, my boys love their water cold. These Haakaa thermal bottles are great, add a few ice cubes and they keep your drink cold for hours.
Sunscreen, slip, slop and slapping is so important in our beautiful country. The boys still have a daytime nap, which usually means we hit the beach early in the morning or in the afternoon. The timing is great as during the middle of the day the sun is at its strongest and it's the best time to avoid being in the sun. When we are in the sun I cover myself and my little and big men head to toe. When I was given Banana Boat Sun Comfort to try I was intrigued. Remember how I said I hate sand being all over me? Well this sunblock actually helps repel sand and makes it easy to brush off after your day at the beach. I already have twins bringing all sorts of things into our home but sand is not welcome! This sun block really does work, it's super moisturising too and at the end of the day I could brush off my little cinnamon donuts (as Jay likes to call them after a day at the beach) really easily. Another win! Available in an SPF50+ Mist and Lotion, I’m more of a mist girl myself but the Nuggets love applying sunblock to each other so are all about the lotion as you can see below.
Last but certainly not least, swimwear! I bought the boys these cute togs in Bali in July (found a store you can buy them from Australia here) as Jay has a pair he bought in Bali a few years ago. Basically just wanted to take twinning to the next level! But how cute are they? We always buy the boys a wetsuit each summer as they love to lay in the shallow waters, but less face it, the water in NZ isn't exactly warm! These ones are Quicksilver and the bright colour makes for easy spotting if the beach is very busy and a Nugget decides to take a run for it. Jay is hoping he can chuck them on his surfboard this summer too, and Mummy will be watching anxiously from the shore line!
This post was brought to you by Banana Boat, but as always opinions are my own.