Happy July! Summer is well underway — the kids are out of school, travel plans are on the calendar, and trips to the beach or pool are frequent. Here’s our top 10 all-time summer essentials round-up:
Remember the days of putting baby oil on to tan – I remember my mom doing this?! I’m relieved that we are being more careful when out in the sun by wearing good sunscreen, but think twice before putting your favorite sunscreen on your kids! Many sunscreens have toxic chemicals that leach right into your kids skin and bloodstream. TheEveryGirl just released a great article of the best non-toxic sunscreens of 2019.
All three of my go-to sunscreens I put on my 3 year old made the list!
#1 Goddess Garden Baby Sunscreen – SPF 50
#2 Thinkbaby Sunscreen – SPF 50+
#3 Babo Botanicals Clear Zinc Sunscreen Sport Stick SPF 30
This makes it SUPER easy to apply to my kid’s face, neck, ears and I even use it on his body if I’m out and about and need to apply sunscreen quickly without any mess on my hands.
I use Babo Botanicals Daily Sheet Tinted Sunscreen on my face and I love it!
It’s annoying to always be asking, “Where’s the sunscreen?” or digging in the beach bag trying to find it every time.
ZizzyBee Bags are the perfect solution to hold all your swim gear – sunscreen, goggles, arm swimmies, change of dry clothes, and I even put my son’s wet bathing suit in a ZizzyBee Bag when I leave the beach.
ZizzyBee Bags are awesome to use year-round:
And there’s one more thing you can do and is another reason why I love ZizzyBee Bags because they launched this amazing initiative. You can Take The Plastic Pledge here to help save our oceans.
Snapperrock UPF 50+ Protection Swimwear for kids and adults are my all-time favorite.
I love the designs plus they are fast drying, lightweight, and blocks 98% of the suns harmful rays.
I also came across another company called Otterwings and they have UPF50+ swim shirts made of soft material that have a pair of connectable, fabric covered water wings.
This is awesome! How many times do you lay on a beach towel and grab for your clothes, bunch them up and use as a pillow?
This beach towel has a built in pillow – hence the name Tillow (towel + pillow).
• Large Towel
• Removable Beach Chair Strap so towel does not fly off.
• Removable Orthopedic Foam Pillow
• Touchscreen Pocket and Headphone Hole
• Turns into a Bag to carry
• Water-resistant storage pocket
Lack of beach bags that could suit a family’s needs sparked the creation of the Bogg Bag. Needs were simple: a bag large enough to carry everything, that wouldn’t fall over and spill, and that could be rinsed at the end of the day. After coming up short, the founders decided to make their own.
Summer is the perfect time to paint those little piggies! But did you know regular nail polish eats a hole right through a Styrofoam plate within minutes? Say bye-bye to toxic nail polish and use Piggy Paint this summer instead!
My mom LOVES QVC so I often get surprise packages in the mail and the most recent one was this awesome cooler! We bought a couple soft coolers at the grocery store and one was too small and the other one leaks when ice melted, but this one is AWESOME!
It’s very roomy, yet still lightweight and compact enough to lug to the beach, pool, or on the boat. Fits a whole bag of ice in there easily and can fit a ton of foods and drinks too.
Here’s my husband holding it in the boat marina over the 4th of July:
Wouldn’t it be so much more relaxing to not have to worry about valuables getting taken or wet/sandy when at the beach?
The Beach Vault by Two Elephants is an amazing gadget that is a must for summer. This unique, cork-screw safe holds your phone, wallet, keys and other valuables with an air-tight, water proof lid. Once closed, just screw into the sand and cover with your towel!
These are genius! Turtlebacks all-terrain drink holders prevent drink spills and dirty drink bottoms at the beach, picnics, camping, tailgating, backyards and everywhere else.
They speak for themselves and are so awesome.
Ditch the plastic whenever you go to the beach so make sure to bring eco water bottles for all.
For kids we LOVE Pacific Baby eco water bottles.
This water bottle is produced from food-grade stainless steel and reduces by 98% the amount of plastic in your child’s drinking bottle.
For adults we love Hydroflask eco water bottles.
We love Life Factory bottles because they are reusable glass instead of plastic.
What are your favorite summer essentials?