As you know I live in a very small community with not a lot to do to keep kids busy during the long summer days. However we do have a gorgeous lake with a beautiful beach area about a half hour away that has saved my sanity on more days than I can count.
Problem is around here, because the weather is so sporadic, you learn to drop everything and go at a moments notice when the sun decides to shine. Thankfully I have the whole process down to such an efficient system that I can be packed up and out the door in no time flat.
I keep my van stocked with a few key beach items at all times and basically I just have to throw in some easy beach food and be off.
As you know moms never have enough hands when it comes to lugging dragging carrying all the crap stuff to the water’s edge. One of these lovely grocery carts has been my beach lifesaver and it’s always ready to perform miracles for action in the back of my van:
I get to the beach and load it up with my soft sided cooler, the basket of toys and the beach bag (which also stays in the van stocked with towels, first aid kit, sunscreen, bug stuff, wipes, sunglasses, hats, etc). The bag handle of my fold up chair slides nicely over the handle, my umbrella stands up in the corner and usually my kids throw in a floatie as well. Talk about handy especially if you have a ways to go from your car to the sand and because it folds up it takes up next to no space in the van. They also cost less than $25.00 in most places, well worth it!!
Being prepared can make all the difference when the sun shines and you want to take a spur of the moment trip to the beach WITHOUT a lot of hassle. Believe me, I really hate hassles and try to avoid them at all times.
My daughter enjoying the view at the lake.
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