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    Going to the Beach in June --- What Should we Take?
    We are heading to the beach in NC w/ our 5 year old and 2 year old in June.

    Besides the obvious, like sunscreen and beach towels, what toys/tools/etc. have you found to make your beach excursions a blast for both you and the kids? Is there something you wouldn't visit the beach without?

    Just looking to make this the best beach vacation ever as we have been more than a little stressed lately.


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    Pails and shovels. :-)

    Also, umbrellas.
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    Taking the wife? If so, then you'll need sunglasses. It'll be harder for her to notice where you're REALLY looking..

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    Quote Originally Posted by Code Monkey
    Taking the wife? If so, then you'll need sunglasses. It'll be harder for her to notice where you're REALLY looking..
    LMAO you're baaaaaaaad!
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    We always take a few washcloths and a box of wet wipes and leave them in the car. The washcloths are handy to brush off the sand from legs, feet and hands and the wet wipes get rid of that sticky salt feeling. Also be sure to take a few large plastic bags to put all your sandy gear in or it will be all over your car and a few of the gallon ziplocks for their seashore treasures.

    As for toys, my kids always love just plain pails & shovels. The fancy castle parts are hard for little hands, although they really make pretty shapes if you plan on doing most of the building. Whatever you take, be sure to take two though!

    Happy Vacationing!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfcom
    Is there something you wouldn't visit the beach without?
    -sfcom
    Champagne and Orange Juice. Cant beat Mimosas on the beach!
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    Not much to add, except a few obvious ones:

    1) Water shoes
    2) Camera
    3) Snacks & Drinks

    It's also a good idea to have Benadryl with you on any trip. It'll relieve itching from sunburns, bug bites, jellyfish stings, etc.

    Some general things that I usually bring on any trip (but that you won't need on the beach):

    * Power strip
    * Chargers for cell phone, etc.
    * Ziplock bags
    * Flashlight (great if you need to get up or lock around for something when the kids might be sleeping)
    * Sample size OTC drugs: antacids, Benadryl, Advil etc.
    * Itinerary with contact information (a copy in each suitcase and one on each person)
    * At least one book
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    I don't know about windy conditions on the east coast, but here the onshore wind is always blowing. I can't go to the beach without a kite. Stunt kites are the most fun...



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    Sunscreen, even for kids and even if it doesn't *look* too sunny. I don't remember anything but pails and shovels, except maybe a sifter for the sand, and those picnic lunches we took along to the beach were a lot of fun.

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    Which part of the NC coast are you visiting?
    Lots of things to do, lots of things to see.......
    depending on where you will be based.

    Of course the little ones are more interested in being entertained than they are in seeing things.


    Addendum.....Yes. Kites are a big thing on the NC coast.
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    A big bottle of Aloe Vera Burn Relief Gel! A must have even for just a little burn on your nose ...

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    I use those waterproof money containers when I go to the beach. I've always felt really iffy about leaving my wallet, money, etc. whenever my husband and I both want to go in the water so I have him wear one of the waterproof containers that keeps all our valuables dry while we swim. They actually work surprisingly well.
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    Leave your laptop at home. I hear saltwater is bad for them.
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    for the kids, i really recommend the surf shirts that are 100 spf. you'll find them in any store at the beach. for the little one, there are one piece zip up suits in the 100 spf material. no burns on the back shoulders and upper arms.

    go to the beach in the morning, then go back to the house/motel from 12 - 3, then back to the beach in the late afternoon will prevent too much sun.

    i found a new beach bag that is perfect. go to www . beachpack . net (not an affiliate link, i promise!) lots of pockets for the little things you need at the beach.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Witzer
    Which part of the NC coast are you visiting?...
    The town whose name most likely resembles me.

    Shhh...don't want others to move in on the territory...actually I thought it might be a fun guessing game. A free Budweiser item to the first person to guess my destination correctly. (USA only-must be 21 or older-sorry.)

    Thanks everyone for all of the tips so far. I am going to print this out and hang it on the fridge so we don't miss anything.

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    water bottles and a few snacks, and i always bring some cut up fruit, apples or grapes. avoid crackers, or chips, you'll get a few unwelcome visitors (sea gulls!)

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    iPod with portable speakers - looks like you are going to have a lot of stuff to carry!

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    Don't forget the kitchen sink! You know, to wash all that sand off.

    Looks like everybody else has you covered. And I concur with Stephanie about those waterproof cases for valuables. Hubby and I used them in Maui and they work great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by meadowmufn
    And I concur with Stephanie about those waterproof cases for valuables. Hubby and I used them in Maui and they work great.
    Do they also double as floaties?



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    Quote Originally Posted by sfcom
    HINT#1---The town whose name most likely resembles me.
    HINT#2---Lots of golf carts

    A free Budweiser item to the first person to guess my destination correctly. (USA only-must be 21 or older-sorry.)
    Added hint#2

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    Are we supposed to be guessing your destination already???????

    Your hints lead more toward SC than NC...........
    Must be Hilton Head....
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    A shot in the dark- Bald Head Island

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    Wow, that was fast, Joey!!! PM me your address and I'll get that out to you this week. Actually, we will be visiting both BHI and Oak Island. Thanks for playing and keep the suggestions coming if you have any.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Boomers
    I don't know about windy conditions on the east coast, but here the onshore wind is always blowing. I can't go to the beach without a kite. Stunt kites are the most fun...
    I'm gonna second this. Definitely a stunt kite.

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    Use a plastic zip-lock bag to store your camera in. The salty air is bad on them. Worse yet - forgetting your camera. I was so into loading my water bottles with Corona and limes that I forgot to grab my camera. As I sat on the Puerto Vallarta beach a humpback whale breached about 100 feet from the shore. Missed the shot of a lifetime.
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