Although many of you have been out of school for weeks, our kids just finished school this past Thursday, which means summer is now full speed ahead. We still have soccer two nights a week for both girls and wrestling one night a week for Cecelia, so we like to play it low key and spontaneous during the day – which often means last minute trips to the beach. One of the things I hated was packing the beach bag after the kids had decided they wanted to go – it seemed to take forever to get everything together, especially when all the kids could say is “Can we go yet? Are we ready now? I’m hot, can we go swimming now?”
So last year, I prepared the Beach Box. I went to Wal-Mart and bought fun matching towels, a picnic blanket that zips up into a pouch, and a beach umbrella. I packed the towels and blanket into a plastic container, along with extra swimsuits, sunglasses, sand toys, a small snack, a plastic bag (for wet swimsuits) and sunscreen (which I will discuss later). I kept the box in the trunk of our vehicle, along with the umbrella, so that no matter what we were doing, we were always ready for a quick trip to the beach. Once we made a beach stop, I simply took the box inside, washed the contents and packed them back in the box. (If you don’t have enough room to carry this in your trunk all the time, it’s also a great thing to prepare and leave in the garage or closet, and grab as you head out the door.)
As for the sunscreen, it is the only item I don’t leave in the box at all times. I have heard that sunscreen loses it’s effectiveness when exposed to heat, so just to be safe, I take it inside everyday. I leave it by our front door so that every time we leave the house, I grab it and go, regardless of our plan. As for the type, I always use spray sunscreen (like Banana Boat® Sport Performance® with POWERSTAY TECHNOLOGY™ SPF 50+) when we are on the go, and cream when we are home. And one absolute must have for the kids is the Banana Boat® Kids Sunscreen Stick – my girls hate applying sunscreen around their face, and this is the only thing that doesn’t make them wiggle out of their skin. It’s right up there with a Wet Brush in terms of lifesavers for me!
On a little more of a serious note, keeping sunscreen by the door has been a huge relief for my nerves as well. I am always paranoid about forgetting sunscreen (1 oz every two hours is the rule!), especially since my father was diagnosed with skin cancer a few years ago. Now when I choose sunscreen, I make sure it not only has a good SPF factor and a broad UVA/UVB spectrum protection, but also protects in every condition: sun, pool water, ocean water, wind, sweat, sand and extreme heat. Having it by the door, right next to my keys, is a constant reminder to protect them, and myself! I try to apply before we leave the house, and take it along to reapply every two hours (or after they get out of the water if they are swimming).
Now, we get to make beach runs all the time – and thanks to a little extra preparation and planning beforehand, they can happen whenever we feel like it!
Because in the end, protecting these two, whatever summer adventures we come across, is really all that matters!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Banana Boat® . The opinions and text are all mine.