Written by, Bernadyn Nettles
Our Trip to Jacksonville Beach and Tips
School will be over soon which means summer break is approaching and beach trips will be on the list of go-to places for many families. We actually got a chance to head to the beach when the weather was warm enough to visit a couple months ago (you know Florida weather, it is bipolar)! We visited our local Jacksonville Beach for a couple hours and let the kids play in the sand, splash a little in the water and make a mermaid sand fin for my daughter. We took these photos while there and now that beach season is back, I thought I would share some tips for taking a beach trip with kids.
Beach Tips When Bringing Kids
- Bring sunscreen, put it on before going to the beach and while you are there. Apply often during your visit especially if you are there for a long time. I like to apply mine every hour especially if you are sweating or getting in the water.
- Bring a first aid kit with bandaids, cleaning wipes, sanitation just in case of cuts. There are lots of things that can hurt your kids when they are playing in the water and the sand including shells, broken glass, twigs, branches, woods, insects and other sea critters they may come in contact with while exploring and playing.
- Bring eye drops in case something gets in your eyes or the water stings your eyes and makes them red.
- Bring sandwich bags for kids to collect shells if they would like to bring them home as a keepsake
- Bring separate bags for wet clothes.
- Bring hats, sunglasses, umbrellas, etc. as protection from the sun.
- Bring plastic bags for trash.
- Bring hair ties and hair clips to keep hair out of face.
- Have each kid wear their own backpack onto the beach with their clothes and towels in it to avoid having only one person (usually mom or dad) carry everything.
- Take kids to the bathroom before stepping onto the beach even if they say they do not need to go.
Safety Tips: Things You Should Tell Your Kids NOT To Do
- Depending on your child's age, explain to her to not wander into the water on her own and for her to stay in your line of sight.
- Not to go off with strangers.
- Not to chase any animals.
- Not to feed the birds and other animals.
- Not to touch or go no near sharp objects.
- Not to touch sea animals that washed up on shore like jelly fish, even if they are dead.
- Not to eat the sand, to avoid putting it in their eyes and to not throw sand.
- Not to drink the ocean water.
- Not to take off their clothes, particularly, under garments on the beach in front of people.
- Not to grab or remove their parent's or other people's clothes, particularly, swimsuit tops and bottoms.
What are some tips you have to share when taking kids to the beach? Share in the comments or on our Facebook page, we would love to hear them!
Enjoy your beach trip!#Summer will be here soon! Here's some helpful tips to remember for your next #Beach Trip with Kids http://t.co/YQIWEAOoWs #parenting— Bernadyn Nettles (@BNadyn) May 14, 2015
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