I grew up by the beach. As a child we made sand castles and dove into the salty water while our mothers chatted on blankets and our fathers practiced their best volleyball moves. Once I could drive I went nearly daily to the quiet beaches of Jupiter, doing homework, reading a book, hanging with friends— something about the ocean brings me peace and now that I live hundreds of miles from a seashore, I miss it dearly.
Things have been busy and somewhat stressful on my end and unfortunately it now seems they have no sign of slowing down but what remains my serenity now is in less than two weeks, the three of us are packing up our car and [weather withstanding] heading to Amelia Island for a beach weekend. I’ve lived and stayed near beaches but this is the first time I’ll be beach-front and the thought of sleeping with the sound of ocean waves drifting through the room and stepping outside the front door and sinking my feet into the grainy sand? Just thinking about it and my stress feels gone.
I wish I could give my son the weekly trips to the beach I grew up with and feel a twinge of regret that the ocean won’t be his constant companion [though, on the bright side he won’t have hurricanes– so there’s that] ] but I’m so excited that we’ll have a weekend as a family beach-front to enjoy and remember for years to come.
Taken your kid on a weekend beach trip? What are the essentials to take for optimal health, safety and, equally importantly, fun for toddler? I see foam noodles at stores but presume those are for pools. Floaties? Any particular sand toy equipment that’s a must have? And, on a personal note, anyone reading who like me doesn’t really prance about in a bathing suit? I always end up in track pants or yoga pants in pursuit of religious kosherness but they obviously cling and don’t look nice if you go in the water— what do others do? Any tips most appreciated.