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    14 Things To Survive Family Trips To The Beach This Summer

    Sun's out, stressed parents are out.

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    Going to the beach with your children is a joyous thing...most of the time.

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    I love you, but for the love of all that is good and holy, please let me get my tan on.

    Fortunately, I have rounded up 14 handy products designed to make your trip to the shore as stress-free as possible.

    1. These arm floaties that provide an extra layer of protection in the rock pool.


    The side of my in-law's pool is littered with these babies. Easy to inflate, easy to remove, cheap as chips — these inflatable armbands are a no-brainer when wanting to keep your non-swimming kidlets safe this summer.

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $10.

    2. This insulated water bottle and food jar featuring your child's favourite heroine.

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    I mean, look at them. You're going to have no trouble getting your kid to drink and eat out of these. Plus, thanks to double wall vacuum insulation, your food and drink will stay the optimum temperature for longer.

    The drink bottle keeps liquids cool for up to 12 hours (!). It comes with a hygienic push button lid and pop-up silicone straw, which makes it an easier transition for toddlers that are used to spouts.

    The food jar keeps meals hot for up to five hours or cold for up to seven hours. Its extra-wide mouth makes it easy to fill, empty and clean — no hidden nasties hiding in far-to-reach crevices!

    Buy the water bottle for $23.95 and the food jar for $24.95 from Victoria's Basement.

    3. This beach towel that is big enough to fit your entire family and then some.


    About 1.8 metres across, this insanely gorgeous beach towel is the solution to that itty-bitty bath towel you're currently trying to pass off as a beach towel. Constructed from pure cotton, it can be used to keep bare bums off hot sand or spiky grass.

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $23.99.

    4. This sunscreen lotion that smells exactly like where you'd rather be.

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    If you've reached the end of your sunscreen lotion and are looking for an alternative to that primary-school-swimming-carnival scent, do I have the thing for you. Hawaiian Tropic products feature a lightweight moisturising formula (none of that cakey feeling!) and best of all — they smell divine.

    This one is called the Duo Defence Lotion and it's my favourite. It has your essential layer of protection against UV rays, but also an anti-pollution layer, designed to prevent premature ageing effects from sun and pollution.

    Buy a 180ml bottle from Amazon Australia for $17.50.

    5. This beach sunshade so that you no longer have to wrestle with that pesky beach umbrella.


    This wonder of a shade canopy comes in two sizes — medium, which fits 3-4 adults lying down, and large, which fits 6-7. Constructed from a poly-blend material, this shelter has a UPF50+ UV rating, meaning your family will stay safe from harmful rays all day long. And I know you're thinking, "who can be bothered?" — this canopy only takes the one person to set up, so honestly? Everyone and anyone.

    Buy from $174.95 from Amazon Australia.

    6. This sorbet-hued rashie that will make sure your little one stays sun safe in the surf.

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    Stylish and sun-smart — what more could you want in a rashie? This particular one has a UPF rating of 50+, and featuring thumb holes to cuffs, even little hands are protected by the sun's rays.

    Buy from Cancer Council for $39.95.

    7. This adorable bucket hat that can be worn one of two ways.


    This hat comes with a UPF 50+ rating, blocking up to 99% of UV radiation. Unlike other bucket hats, this one has been cleverly fitted with an elasticised back, allowing for it to stretch as your child grows over the months and years. There are eight different prints to choose from, so if you have more than one kid, you'll know from a glance which hat belongs to whom.

    Buy from $14.70 from Amazon Australia.

    8. This waterproof beach bag that lets you separate your wet and dry belongings.


    This is the beach bag to end all beach bags. Made from a durable, washable and waterproof fabric, this bag is designed to keep your belongings safe among sand and surf. The bag has three inner pockets to keep phone, keys and wallet in place, and an exterior drink bottle pocket. It even comes with a bottle opener, for chrissakes.

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $39.99.

    9. This insect repellent that keeps mozzies far, far away, where they belong.


    I get these hideous welts when bitten by mozzies, so I have taken it upon myself to test all the insect repellents. Off! Tropical Insect Repellent Spray is my favourite — non-greasy and lightly fragranced, it protects against the little buggers for up to eight hours.

    Buy a 175ml bottle from Coles for $7.30.

    10. This Moses basket, so the family needn't pack up and leave when baby needs their afternoon nap.

    Baby Bunting

    The smallest member of your clan will sleep soundly under shade in this gorgeous Moses basket. Unlike some baskets, this one has been designed with a wider mouth which makes it easier for laying down a sleeping baby without disturbing their nap. Complete with soft mattress, its covers are easily removed at the end of the day for washing.

    Buy from Baby Bunting for $109.95.

    11. This beach toy set that ups the fun factor for kidlets.


    You and I know a bucket alone can occupy little ones for hours — well, this beach toy set has 14 different pieces, so keeping kids entertained by the shore this summer is a cinch. Constructed from ABS-free, premium-quality plastic (safe for when they inevitably find their way into babies' mouths), these macaron-hued toys are everything you could want in beachside entertainment.

    Buy 14 pieces from Amazon Australia for $28.90.

    12. These mango crisps that are a healthy and yummy way to line tummies come the afternoon slump.


    A BuzzFeed Oz reader favourite, these crisps are made of nothing but mangoes — no added sugar, fat-free and no preservatives. Perfect for when you want a hit of sweetness after a salty ocean swim.

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $2.50.

    13. This Amazon Kindle that you can read in the sun, no glare assured.


    Should the clan be down for an afternoon nap under the sun shade, and you miraculously get a moment's rest, the Kindle Paperwhite is what you want in the solitude. The thinnest Kindle yet, this e-reader is fitted with an anti-glare screen that reads like real paper in sunlight — no squinting or straining of eyes. A single battery last weeks — not hours — and with the option of downloading over 5 million titles, you needn't worry about transferring titles via your computer beforehand.

    Buy from Amazon Australia for $199

    14. And finally, these reusable cloth nappies that will avoid your towels getting wet with anything other than sea water.


    There are few things less pleasant to deal with than a disposable, soggy nappy with no bin in sight. These reusable, swim cloth nappies hold solids, so no unpleasant incidents — but also have low absorbency so your little one needn't carry the weight of the ocean with them when at play. This design comes with seven different prints and can be adjusted to three different sizes.

    Buy a set of two from Amazon Australia for $17.50.

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