Before I tell you some of my favorite beach bag essentials, there is one large difference between the beach and a pool:
miles and miles and miles of SAND.
Because of the sand, I pack differently for the beach than I do for the pool. This likely isn’t surprising, but is worth noting if you are used to the pool and find yourself on the sandy shore. The main difference is that the beach gets two (sometimes three) bags while the pool gets one bag.
**I know that some of you reading this might be going to the beach solo, or at least without tiny humans. If this is you, there is likely an easier way but for those with small, sand loving creatures, you really have to think ahead in order for everything to not become a big, sand filled mess.
**I also want to note that we live 20 minutes from the beach. Because of this, we often go for a half day or just the morning. Obviously if we lived further we would likely need a larger cooler and more food. Also, I am not including chairs. Obviously you might need those too 😉
I use one of our Scout bags for this; they are super light, have a ton of sizes, and the outside is waterproof. It contains our dry changes of clothes and 2-3 towels for everyone to share for drying off. There is nothing worse than leaving the beach and finding that every single towel is bogged down with muddy sand. Or, that while you were on the beach your hungry toddler took everything out of the bag to look for a snack and in the process got everyone’s clean clothes completely wet and sandy. In the Scout bag:
This is usually a reuasable grocery bag or soft cooler with some ice packs, depending on how long we are going for
This bag was made for the beach! (But sadly are often sold out). You can hose it out easily and its super lightweight/durable. This bag holds most all of the beach things we need. I will say, while I love this bag for the actual beach, it is not nearly as large as the Scout 4 boys bag I linked above. In the Bogg bag: