Canadian summers are short, but are they not amazing? With just a few months to enjoy the beach, and even fewer to enjoy it bug free, make the most of your Northern BC Lake Trip.
Summer is time for weekends at the cabin, mornings in the garden, and evenings at the lake. But what used to be a simple task of loading up the car and heading out to the local beach pre-kids, has become sort of a pack-the-kitchen-sink scenario with kids. It’s just a day at the lake, no need for the entire house.
Remember these 8 Simple things and you’ll be rocking your beach day with kids in tow.
You’ll need diapers to get to the beach and to get home from the beach. But at the beach, cloth swim diapers provide a great low-waste alternative to single-use swim diapers while tackling the job of capturing poop and keeping babie’s bum always cute.
Remember to pack diapers for the drive home, nap, and for hanging around the beach – for extra safety, we love to keep a few diapers and a container of wipes in the trunk for those just in case moments.
2. Sun Protection
UV Protective clothing is our first line of defense at the beach, it’s a great easy way to protect the skin without wrestling children with sunscreen. You can great a selection of UV protective clothing from local retailers like Carters & Old Navy. We also love the selection of sustainable choices available at Modern Rascals.
For all those other body parts choosea mineral barrier sunscreen with a minimum SPF 30 without additivies like oxybenzone (known to harm coral reefs and freshwater ecosystems).
3. Hats & Sunglasses
Hats and sunglasses are the most frequently forgotten beach item. Hats provide additional sun protection and bug protection during lake days, while sunglasses do their thing protect the eyes.
Hats can be a difficult tasks. We find helping your child pick out their own hat can be a helpful tactic to ensure they keep wearing it. Our favourite all over coverage hat is this one from Twinklebelle.
It can be hard to find sunglasses that toddlers don’t destroy, but check with our local baby boutique or visit Little Gumnut Co (online and in Terrace) for an array of speciality designed glasses for any baby head.
4. Blankets & Towels
A blanket to lay on and a towel for each wet kid you bring with you. Be a crowdpleaser by checking out the funny animal towels at Costco.
I usually keep a change mat in the vehicle and this can be great for changing baby bums both in the car and at the beach. It’s also a great way to sit on if the park benches are still wet from the morning dew.
5. Snacks & Drinks
Can’t go to the lake without food, water, and more food. Packing a cooler with a fresh melon, and a few water bottles will keep you going all day. Staying longer than 2-3 hours, might recommend bringing a lunch/dinner meal like simple sandwiches or a pasta salad to keep bellies full.
Favourite Lake Snacks: Watermelon, carrots & humus, grapes, apple slices, sandwiches, and a bag of pretzels (or veggie straws from Costco).
6. Beach Toys
Depending on the age of your child, this category is going to flux.
Currently, my kids couldn’t care less for the water so we stick with the classic beach toys for digging, building sand castles. This includes buckets, dozers, and lots of shovels. Shovels do break and go missing. Costco carries a good size bucket kit, but classics from the dollar store are a must have.
As kids get older, swim toys and balls might become a top priority. Including kids kayaks, and the best thing you can do is bring a life jacket, some rope, and maybe a pump to blow up the floats.
Planning on going into the water? Consider bringing water flotation devices for fun and play. If your boating don’t forget to pack the correct size PFD for your child.
7. The Right Clothing
Don’t be my husband and wear long jeans to the lake only to have to chase a toddler who had a change of heart when it comes to swimming. Bring your own swimsuit or shorts, and pack a set of dry clothes for everyone for the ride home.
If you don’t already use them to sort all the things you bring to the lake, wet bags are great for storing all the wet and dirty things you’ll bring home from clothing to toys to even the garbage.
Skip the plastic bag and pack your back full of wetbags of all sizes to sort all the things you need to pack home with you.
From wet towels to keeping clothes dry that need to be dry, and even garbage and toys, wet bags provide the perfect answer to many lake day messes.