Beaches make the perfect summer treat – but taking home half a car-load of sand when you leave? Not something to bring joy to a mother’s heart.
We have tips for enjoy sun, sand and sea a whole lot more:
Take along some talc powder – it’s brilliant for helping to get sand off wriggling bodies.
Go early (8.30am is a good time to jump in the car) and leave early –around 11.30am. This way you avoid the worst of the heat and you can relax in the afternoon with a book while exhausted children play quietly.
Pile everything — hats, buckets and spades, extra clothing — in a trug (or large bucket) so really sandy things stay together without leaking into other belongings.
To avoid gritty sandwiches, take lots of pre-wrapped snacks such as fruit sticks and chippies. Balance that out with fruit and bottled water.
Use spray sunscreen on the kids and yourself so you don’t get your hands covered in sticky lotion.
If you can, persuade an extra adult or two to come along to help supervise the children while you have a much-needed nap after all that beach trip preparation!