Turns out, I have been calling myself a blogger for a while now-so maybe I should actually write a blog post? Hahaha sorry I am so MIA allllll the time-but I have missed my internet peeps!
We recently took a trip to good ole’ Myrtle Beach and it wasn’t IDEAL (To me-ideal is being in a swimsuit. Laying on the beach. Reading. Eating. And WARMTH) mostly because it was COLD and super misty….But we took our nephews and had a good time nonetheless! Either way, there was things I forgot that I seriously wish I would have taken and wanted to share those with you!
Now this isn’t your typical “10 things you need to take to the beach with baby” post. Nope. It’s real-and some items are not a must-but if you are anything like me, you want to have them! So let’s get started!
Yeah, we all know you need to take sunscreen to the beach (So bloggers, please stop writing this in your posts) but OMG my skin was so DRY and I didn’t bring any lotion! The resort provided those little bottles, but honestly, they were crap. I wish I would have taken the stuff I knew worked! Every trip, my skin goes bonkers (Why is that?) and I need to be better about keeping my routine the same when we go out of town! AKA, pack lotion.
Ok, and I know I just ragged on bloggers for always talking sunscreen-but this is a little different. Last summer, we took a day trip with a friend to a water park-and her son broke out in a horrible rash! We couldn’t figure out what was going on, then realized it was his SUNSCREEN. He was allergic! So before you go, do a test spot on you/your kids, and make sure you are able to use what you bring! If you know your kiddo has extra sensitive skin, I recommend using a baby sunscreen with the least amount of chemicals possible. It may save your vacation!
2. Face wash/moisturizer
Ok this is weird, but every trip, I forget my face wash! I think I am so concerned with the kids stuff, I forget about myself. And this husband of mine had the AUDACITY to say “Use the bar the hotel gave us. It says facial bar!!!” OMG RUDE. Hehehe just kidding, but men don’t get it! But LAW- desperate times call for desperate measures-so I dabbed the washcloth on it, and scrubbed my face.
And no moisturizer on a trip? No bueno. Your skin gets used to your water at home, your products, the air (believe it or not) and when you leave, it all goes awry. FOr whatever reason, the beach just dries me out all over! I always think the sand will exfoliate me, but it never works that way. Lame.
By the time we got home, my skin felt grimy and bumpy and dry and YUCK. So we came home, unpacked everything ( Yeah, we immediately put everything where it goes. My husband is the KING of unpacking us) and I started into a pamper me night!
I used 2 different facial peels, a sugar scrub, and a night cream! It was GLORIOUS. **And if you have the space on your next trip, I would recommend taking a face mask or two with you! You almost always have a few minutes at night to relax, and this will help your skin tremendously when away from home. Pamper yourself ladies! **
3. Headbands/Bobby pins
You think I don’t do my hair at home? Vacay is even worse. I hardly wash my hair, and its a HOT MESS. This time, I didn’t pack anything for my hair except one hair tie. My gosh that was a mistake! I have all these tiny flyaways that are just my hair finally growing back after losing it all (Thanks Callaway.) It would have been so nice to have some headbands or Bobby pins to hold all that jazz in place. And speaking of Bobby pins, if you don’t know how to use them, please learn. They are your friend and can totally change your hair for the good (HELLO volume). If you want a tutorial, let me know. I’ll post to Instagram!
4. Nail polish
Don’t laugh. I wish I would have packed it-I am still regretting it! The beach has a way of ruining a pedi-so be on guard and ready! Pack whatever color you are going with for touch-ups when needed! (Yes, I know. NOT a need…but really, if you are a girl, pack it.)
5. Extra shoes
We tried to pack light and left out extra shoes. Well, when you have 6 year olds who like to run from the waves, and the wave wins, you are left with wet shoes that don’t dry in time for dinner. Pack extras.
6. Sand toys…or….
Buy them at the closest Dollar Tree! When we have flown to the beach, we buy all our toys at dollar tree, and then gift them to a kid on the beach when we leave! It’s the perfect setup. This time we packed a bucket full of sand toys and Im glad we did. The boys were entertained even in the cold from the moment we got there. Boys+digging=happiness.
7. Baby swim diapers
Now you can go disposable ( I always did), but this trip,we bought the reusable swim diaper and I am IN LOVE. Look for deals on off season for the best price!
8. Baby powder
I use baby powder for 2 things. Dry shampoo (when I run out of my brand) and knocking sand off kids. You pour it on sandy skin, wipe, and BOOM. SAND IS GONE. It’s a dang miracle I tell you.
9. Extra formula
I packed what I thought would be plenty of formula for baby girl, but what happened was me scraping the bottom of the can the last 2 hours of our trip. I didn’t even have enough for a full bottle. So we fed her all the baby food she would take, and made her a little bottle. Somehow it worked, but if we would have hit any traffic on the way, our trip would have been a lot less pleasant. So be prepared yall! Pack another can!
Ok that is all I have! Like I said, it’s not your typical “Beach preparedness List”, but we have seen all those anyways, right? Hope you enjoyed-let me know what I am missing in the comments! And make sure to come see me on Instagram @smittenwiththree_blog.
All the love dolls 💋