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What to Pack: Toddler Day At The Beach

Everyone loves a summer road trip, right? Especially when it involves a beach. But as a mom, sometimes you need a vacation from packing for your vacation, am I right?

We recently took a road trip to our lakeside cottage. This is definitely my happy place, but now that I am a mom, the insane amount of packing I do the night before/morning of our trip has me exhausted before we even get there. I am running around like a crazy person (while my husband sits on the couch, wondering why we never leave on time) and I find I always forget something crucial (often my own bathing suit).

The first trip I took to the lake with Hannah was when she was six months old. True to form, I tore around the house packing, but somehow managed to forget to pack A SINGLE DIAPER. Did I mention the cottage is 30 minutes away from the nearest convenience store? You can imagine what ended up happening. It was not pretty!

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The view from the cottage to the lake
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The side view from our cottage


Over the years, my packing skills have become a bit more organized and streamlined. My secret? An organized list to ensures I do not forget the essentials. Guess what’s on it? Diapers!!

Water shoes
Water shoes for Hannah, Mommy and Daddy

Here is my go-to packing list for a beach trip. I hope this gives you some peace of mind and starts off your vacation a little more relaxed than mine used to be!

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My go-to packing list for a day at the beach. Graphics courtesy of


What special items are must haves on your vacation packing list? Any epic packing failures like me? Please comment below!


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9 thoughts on “What to Pack: Toddler Day At The Beach

  1. What an awesome list. We forgot diapers yesterday for a trip into the city. Luckily we were not far so it wasnt a big issue.

    One thing we always take to the beach, or a lake is bug spray. Its a must for us.

    1. I agree! I used to be able to get away with one bag for just myself, but now it seems like we fill up the whole trunk for just one other tiny person!

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