Planning a family beach day or a whole beach vacation with kids? The beach is a great place for fun and relaxation, but having the right beach hacks makes it even better! A family beach day can quickly turn into a chaotic mess without the right preparations. That’s why we’ve put together a list of the best beach hacks for families to ensure your next outing is smooth sailing from start to finish. Whether it’s Memorial Day, Fourth of July, or a beautiful week’s vacation on a beach, these beach hacks will save your day.

Beach Hacks for Families

1. Baby Powder for Easy Sand Removal

Sticky fingers and sandy towels? No problem! Sprinkle some baby powder on your skin or beach towel, and watch the sand easily brush off, leaving you feeling clean and sand-free.

2. Snackle Box

A snackle box is a tackle box full of snacks! This is a great way to save space, reduce trash, and make grabbing a snack super easy for your kids. 

Here’s one of my favorite Snackle Boxes:

snackle box for the beach

See how we pack our snackle box in the video below or in this blog post:

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3. Use a Snow Sled or Wagon to Carry Beach Supplies

Those wagons with huge wheels are great for all your beach trip items, but they’re expensive! If you don’t want to invest in one, a nice big plastic snow sled is way more affordable and easy to toss in your car. Plus it glides across the sand with ease. Be sure to grab one with a handle.

Here’s a collapsable wagon with nice large wheels:

wagon for family beach trip

Here’s a great Snow Sled:

ski sled family beach hack

4. Mason Jars for DIY Beach Drinks

Get creative with your beverages by using mason jars to make refreshing beach cocktails. Just mix up your favorite drink, seal it in a jar, and toss it in your cooler for a fun and portable drink option.

We really like the Wide Mouth Jars:

mason jars with lids for beach drinks

5. Make Edible Ice Packs for Your Cooler

To save space in your cooler, pre-freeze things like juices, water bottles, and grapes. This not only makes ice for your cooler saving you space, but it doubles as a great way to have cool, refreshing snacks and drinks after you’ve been on the beach for a while. Kids love to open capri suns up and eat them as slushies instead of a drink, and the water will start to melt enough to have ice-cold water.

Here are some great smaller Freezer Containers:

freezer containers for family beach trips

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6. Beach Umbrella or Small Pop-up Tent for Shade 

Protect your family from too much of the sun’s rays by setting up a beach tent or umbrella. It’s a great spot to take a break from the sun and enjoy a picnic lunch.

Here’s a very sturdy Beach Umbrella:

umbrella - beach hacks for families

Here is an easy set up Beach Tent:

beach tent - beach hacks for families

7. Disguise your Valuables

If you’re worried about your phone, keys, and wallet while you’re away from your beach spot for a swim or walk, you can disguise them in nearly any empty snack container (think Pringles can) or other random kids’ items, snack containers, or empty wipes container.

These Portable Security Containers are great:

beach hacks for families- portable security container

8. Laundry Basket for Sandy Towels

Tired of sandy towels cluttering up your car? Use a laundry basket to corral them at the end of the day. It’ll make cleanup a breeze and keep your car sand-free.

Here are some Collapsable Laundry Baskets perfect for wet and sandy towels:

Collapsable Laundry Baskets - beach hacks for families

9. Plastic Sauce Containers for Condiments

Pack sauces and condiments for your beach picnic in clean plastic sauce containers. They’re easy to pack and perfect for preventing any spills or leaks in your cooler.

These small Stainless Steel Containers are perfect:

Stainless Steel Containers with lids

10. Fitted Sheet as a Sand-Free Zone

Create a sand-free zone on the beach by using a fitted sheet. Simply place a heavy object like a cooler or beach bag in each corner to weigh it down, and enjoy a clean space for lounging.

11. Puddle Jumper for Young Kids

Keep your little ones safe in the water with a puddle jumper. It’s a comfortable and secure floatation device that’ll give them the confidence they need to enjoy the waves, plus let you relax a little more!

This is our favorite style of Puddle Jumper:

puddle jumper

12. Small Inflatable Pool for Babies

If you have a baby or toddler, bring along a small inflatable pool. It’s a perfect way to keep them cool and entertained without worrying about the waves.

This is a good size Inflatable Pool:

inflatable pool beach hack

13. Beach Chair for Kids

Invest in a kid-size beach chair for them to take a break in. They’ll love having their own spot to sit and watch the waves, and it’s a great way to keep them off your lap.

Here’s a great option for kids:

beach chair for kids

14. Sunscreen Battles with Makeup Brushes

Avoid the dreaded sunscreen battles by using makeup brushes to apply sunscreen to your kids’ faces. It’s a simple trick that’ll make sunscreen application a breeze.

15. Mesh Laundry Bag for Beach Toys

Keep your beach toys organized and sand-free by storing them in a mesh laundry bag. It’s a great way to rinse off toys before heading home, and the mesh allows them to dry quickly.

Here’s a really good Tote Bag for Sandy Towels:

mesh bag

16. Reusable Water Bottles in a Beach Bag

Stay hydrated under the sun by packing reusable water bottles in your beach bag. Freeze them overnight for a cold drink that’ll last all day.

These Stainless Steel Bottles are awesome:

stainless steel water bottles

17. Use a Spray Bottle to Keep Cool

Keep a spray bottle of water nearby to keep yourself and your kids cool. If it’s really hot, you can keep it in the cooler!

18. Pack Light for Beach Vacations

Don’t fall into the trap of over-packing for a beach vacation. Read our minimalist guide to packing for a beach vacation for more tips!

These beach hacks are sure to make your next family beach day a breeze. Whether you’re lounging in the sun or building sandcastles with the kids, these smart hacks will save you time and stress so you can focus on making memories that will last a lifetime. So grab your beach essentials, pack up the car, and head to the shore for a day of fun in the sun!

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