Technically, this will be Noah's second trip to the beach although I didn't know I was pregnant this time last year but now that he's... um, on the outside, we have to go about this trip a little differently. First and foremost, we need shade!
This Coleman beach shade is large enough not only for the baby to hang out in, but for the hubs and I as well. I don't know about you, but when I trek to the beach, I'm there for the day and sometimes you have to get out of the hot sun.
Not my husband, but you get the idea. Via Amazon.com.
Plus, it was around the same price as some of the other "baby" beach tents that I've seen and I'm sure they're just fine but with this Coleman Beach Shade, I got more for my money. It's large and is (supposedly) SPF 50+ which is exactly what I was looking for to keep my baby cool and sunburn free.
Speaking of cool, with him lounging under the shade for several hours, I thought it'd be a good idea to bring along his stroller fan to keep the air flowing.
I figure if I clip this bad boy to Noah's travel crib, he should stay nice and comfortable while I'm out getting my tan on.
Now, if you told me to pick my number one beach essential, it wouldn't be anything practical like the shade or the fan, it would be Maui Babe Browning Lotion.
Before you start telling me all about how tanning is bad and I shouldn't over expose myself to the sun and all that jazz, let me tell you that I always slather on a good layer of SPF before my tanning lotion. I know that still doesn't solve anything but I can't help it - when I'm at the beach, I want to lay in the sun with a good book and a cold beer. Now, if you like to lay in the sun too, you have GOT to get this browning lotion. My roommate turned me on to it several years ago and I swear by it. Although it smells a little, (like coffee almost) it freaking works and it works fast. End rant.
Moving right along, we've got our shade, our fan and our tanning lotion what else do we need but a good chair?!
This isn't the exact chair we have but it's similar, the one we have is from Costco and I'm sure was a different price but you get the idea. It reclines, has a cup holder, a head rest and folds up to a backpack that you can wear while walking to the beach. Since we stay a good block or two from the ocean, it's nice to be able to throw the chair on your back and go. Love it.
Other than those items, I'll also have my iPod, my Kindle and a cooler. What else do you need for a fabulous day at the beach!? I absolutely cannot wait to head to the Outer Banks this summer, what are some of your vacation essentials? What did I forget!?