Preferably with wide brims to keep your face from turning red and peeling.
Sunblock and hats are never enough.
Two per person. One to sit on. One to dry off with. You can't mix the two or you'll rub sand all over yourself.
- Bug spray
The beach has biting flies and mosquitoes who all want to cover you with itchy welts for the whole vacation.
When you get bored of swimming.
- Writing/drawing material
When you get bored of reading and swimming.
- Video game
When your kids get bored of swimming.
Swimming in your undies is frowned upon.
- Swim shirt
Officially, because the water is cold and to protect from the sun. Secretly, because you look like a fat, hairy lump with your shirt off.
Closed shoes trap sand against your feet and trail sand through the whole house.
- Kid toys
Inflatables, sand shovels and buckets, molds, toy trucks, spinners, etc. You can never have enough.
- Sand chairs
There's no good way to carry them, but it's nice to have something to sit on with a back.
- Cell phone
For emergencies (such as "I'm stuck on the beach! I need an excuse to leave.").
- Ice cream money
For those trucks that come around.
- Snacks for kids
In case the trucks don't come around.
- Snacks for grown-ups
So they don't eat the kid's snacks or ice cream.
So you know when you've pretended to have fun long enough and are allowed to go home.
- Bags to hold everything