Usually, when we think of a beach vacation there’s lots of sun and maybe a cold beverage that comes with a little umbrella. That is all wonderful but what happens when your beach day turns from fun in the sun to dreary and filled with rain? You know those little ones who were promised a beach day are going to be heartbroken if you don’t go. So, rather than scrap the beach all together here are 5 things that will help you make the most of a rainy day at the beach.
Rain Suits and Boots. Unless it’s one of those warm summer rain showers you will likely be forgoing the swimsuits for something a bit warmer. Start with an outfit that’s appropriate for the season and then top it with a rain suit, slip on some boots and thank me later. This will help to keep your kids dryer, warmer and it will prevent all that wet sand from sticking to every crevice of their body. Psst, don’t forget to you set yourself up with a rain suit/jacket of your own.
Sand toys, buckets and magnifying glasses. Swimming is likely out of the question so the next best thing is building, digging and exploring the beach. Buckets can be used to build sandcastles or to collect shells and other beach finds. Magnifying glasses will help you and your little one to get a closer look at their beach finds, tide pools or simply to get a closer look at the sand. Also a kite is always a great addition to a windy, overcast beach day.
Extra Clothes and diapers/underwear. I know that this sounds obvious but I don’t know how many times we have gotten down to the beach and forgotten to bring extra clothes. While those rain suits are helpful your kids may find themselves in their rain suits “swimming” in a pool of water they found on the beach and require a change of clothes.
Bottles of water for hands and toes. This doesn’t have to be any special water but straight from the tap. Collect some water before heading out and have it on hand to wash away sandy fingers and toes.
Oversized Beach Towels. Even without going into the water everyone is bound to get a little wet so towels are a must (and something I seem to always forget). Also you just might end up with a little one who isn’t so keen on playing on a windy and/or rainy beach day and a big towel is the perfect place to hide.
What are you rainy/overcast beach day essentials?