Over the last few years, our lovely Frugi Family have been reviewing our latest collections on their blogs, providing us with fantastic & honest feedback. We thought it would be a fun idea to host a Frugi Family Blog Takeover where they get to chat about a topic of their choice… Get ready for a range of exciting blogs from fun summer activities, to travelling tips and even delicious recipes! Next up is blogger Lauren from Belle du Brighton!
Going to the beach once you have kids is less of the relaxing experience it once was; a good book, maybe a nap, possibly even a cold cider… ring any bells? Now it is more of a military operation requiring great planning and preparation. However living on the coast as we do we’ve more or less got our beach trips down to a fine art now so I’ve put together some hints and tips to help it go as smoothly as possible, even if I don’t get a nap, and rarely get to read!
- Put sunscreen on before you go – that way you won’t be trying to apply it to a kid who is dancing about trying to get in the water, and they won’t get sand stuck to them as it will be dry by the time you arrive.
- It’s a really good idea to invest in a proper outfit to protect delicate skin. We love the Frugi Sun Safe Suit. Jelly shoes are great so that they stay on feet when they’re wading in and out if your beach is a pebbly one like ours in Sussex!
- Bring some shade! You can get some really lightweight and easy to fold pop up tents, perfect for naps in the shade and for keeping your sarnies and drinks cool too if you don’t want to lug a cool box about with you!
- If you’ve got smaller kids then a travel potty can make the day a lot easier than trekking to the nearest public loo (if there is one!) and having to take all the kids with you too.
- Bring two towels for each person plus a change of clothes kept in a separate bag, that way they won’t end up all sandy by the time you come to put them on at the end of the day. You can then stick the wet sun suits and towels into these bags to take home to wash! Dressing gowns can be a godsend too for shivery just-out-of-the-water kids who still want to play but can’t keep a towel wrapped round them!
- Buckets and spades are wonderful but help your kids find other things to play, explore and build with. Shells, seaweed, rocks, cuttlefish… so many things to learn and discover.
- Talcum powder is the best way to ‘de-sand’ the kids, sprinkle it on liberally and then just brush the sand off with no complaints!
- Most of all, enjoy it!