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Going To The Beach With a Baby For The First Time: Our Packing List

It seems like the second we got pregnant, one of my first thoughts was, “I can’t WAIT to take my baby to the beach!” Growing up, the beach was like a summer ritual. We’d go every year, and the amount of memories I have there are too many to count. The beach has always held an extra special place in my heart. I’ve always loved the quote, “Near the sea, we forget to count the days,” and I 100% agree. Living in a land locked state meant that going to the beach was an even more special occasion. It was a get away, an adventure, like going to a different planet. I am so thankful we took so many family beach vacations growing up, and even though I married a cool-weather-loving-mountain-man, I’m determined to make sure our kids still know the wonders of the beach, and how magical it can be. Even if my husband calls it, “just a body of water with itchy sand everywhere” Opposites attract, right?


This beach trip has been a long time coming, 10.5 months to be exact! I think I mentally started planning Adeline’s first beach trip the day she was born. Just the thought of seeing her dip her toes in the ocean, and play in the sand, is enough to make me tear up. And although I may be completely insane for thinking it will go smoothly the first time, I am choosing to believe it will be a beautiful moment, complete with adorable baby smiles and no screaming or meltdowns. A mom can dream, can’t she?


We’ve been packing for a few days now, slowly gathering things we’ve deemed as necessities, and asking friends and family for advice on what to take. I think we’ve just about got our butts in gear, and are ready to hit the ground running! We got lots of great suggestions and tips on what to pack, and we tried to stay as minimal as possible for this first go-around, since it’s just going to be the three of us. Things like a big umbrella, and a baby pool to keep down on the beach slid through the cracks this time for the sake of simplicity, so I’m hoping I don’t regret that. My thinking is that we’re really not going to be spending THAT much time at the beach anyways, so #keepitsimplestupid.


I thought I’d share my packing list, adapted from my OCD mom brain Google Doc I’ve been keeping up with. We’re obviously going to the beach late in the season, but maybe this will help someone next year! I’ll also note that our condo is across the street from a Publix, so I’m trying to remember we can buy anything we need for Adeline once we get there, like extra food or diapers.

Baby’s First Beach Trip Packing List

beach packing list for baby

So there you go! We’ve basically packed our whole house into our tiny SUV. But, I am pretty proud of us for packing as light as we did – plenty of room for Adeline’s beach souvenirs, right?

Follow me on Instagram or Snapchat if you want to see glimpses of our trip! @sarah_ingle1 on both.

Annnnnd I’m out! I’m blogging from a hot spot on the road, and we’re inching closer and closer to the seashore!! I can almost smell the ocean. Or maybe that’s just southern Alabama.

What would you add to my list? (It better not be life-changing because it is totally too late!)

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    Heather @ Polyglot Jot
    September 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

    Yay so exciting–the beach is my most favorite place too! Enjoy!
    I think bringing a small baby pool is amazing because they can splash in it under the umbrella while you want to hang out by the beach rather than in the ocean!
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    September 14, 2016 at 3:07 am

    This is adorable. I definitely have to tuck this away for when I have a kiddo of my own. <3 Thanks for sharing the suggestions!

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