As anyone who reads this blog knows, we are big fans of a staycation. The UK has such a diverse array of landscapes and amazing places to visit, that we’ve barely dented our wishlist. This year we had a brilliant camping trip in the Norfolk Broads and, for the first time, actually had a lovely a couple of days on the beach as a family. Enjoying the beach with a toddler it not always the easiest thing to do, however I’ve got a few tips to help things go smoothly.

Set up Camp

The first thing I did this year was make ourselves a little base camp. With the amount of stuff you need to cart around with small children, going to the beach with a toddler is never going to be a straightforward affair. However, I found that having somewhere to stash our stuff and keep it relatively sand free was a real bonus. We used a small pop up tent and it worked a treat. I also felt better leaving our stuff zipped up while we were in the sea, plus it doubled as a changing room, which made things easier.

Here’s our beach base camp, complete with coolbox and storage.

Make it an Adventure

The seaside makes a such a great backdrop for spending time outside with the whole family. Aside from the usual sand castle making and paddling in the sea, the beach is a great place for a family microadventure. We love taking our stove out and cooking up some lunch, but why not go exploring rockpools or sand dunes, fly a kite or a scavenger hunt. If you’re a little more active, there are also several coastal paths around the UK that are great for exploring.

We love taking our camping stove out and about, it makes a great beach barbecue

Building a sandcastle fort is great for keeping kids (and big kids) entertained for a while

Be Prepared 

As much as I do like the beach, the mixture of sand, sun and sea makes it a challenge, especially with young

Read the full original post here authored by Lauren Moseley. You can visit her blog here.

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