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16 Beach Essentials for Toddlers

My definition of a perfect summer vacation, when travelling with toddlers, is hitting the beach with my two kids and husband – now that I know exactly what things to take to the beach with toddlers and avoid some of our earlier family beach vacation mishaps.

Since my childhood, the ocean has drawn me more than hills, flamboyant cities and amusement parks. With any luck, my ocean-loving genes have been passed on to my kiddos as well.

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My twins are 5 right now and we have been doing beach outings for the last 3 years. Let me confess something, our first few outings suffered a lot because of the lack of planning. Being a new mother who used to be a low-key vagabond, I had no idea about what to bring to the beach with toddlers.

Needless to say, I learnt from my mistakes with every family beach vacation that went slightly haywire due to my lack of proper planning. For the last two consecutive years, I went on a beach vacation with toddlers to Cape Cod fully prepared and guess what? Everything went exactly according to our plan and we had some of the best family beach holidays with our toddlers.

Are you also traveling with twins? Check out our Ultimate Guide to Travelling with Twins.

Through this list of beach necessities for toddlers, I want to help all you new parents who are just as clueless as I was 3 years ago. Let me help you prepare a fail-safe beach vacation packing list for toddlers to make your next beach outing fuss-free, fun and relaxing.

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Toddler Beach Essentials Packing List

What to bring to the beach for a day with toddlers? Here are beach essentials for toddlers that should be on your beach vacation checklist:

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Better safe than sorry is my go-to mantra whenever I pack my beach bag for a day at the beach with toddlers. After a lot of trial and error, I have finally formed this beach checklist for toddlers that guarantees a wholesome, enjoyable beach day, without overloading my bag.

If you are flying with your toddler, consider renting toddler travel gear so you don’t have to pack it all with you! And don’t miss these Toddler Flying Tips!

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Enjoy your time on the beach! A beach vacation makes for one of the most toddler friendly holidays and you’ll be well prepared with your toddler beach gear!

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Thank you to Alvina Emmy of Parent Loves for writing this guest post for us.

Alvina loves to give helpful and practical advice to parents, including recommendations for top baby products.

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Celine is the owner of Baby Can Travel. Not only does she have years of experience traveling with babies & toddlers, but she's been helping new parents travel with their babies and toddlers for over a decade.

Celine also writes about family travel on the site, which she co-owns with her husband. Being from the Canadian Rockies, she shares her passion about her home and travel to Banff National Park and area on their site