It’s that time of the year when I start thinking about summer. Being warm = my happy place! I can just about imagine the sound of the boat in my ears, my toes in the sand on the beach. I may sing Olaf’s summer song in my head from Frozen…Hey, don’t judge. I really like summer. It’s also the time of year where we are all planning and looking forward to spring break trips. I figured, what a perfect time to share how I pack a “Boat Bag” or a “Beach Bag” if you’re beach go-ers.
For as long as I can remember, I have been a water person. My grandparents owned a cottage up north. So every chance we got, we were up there in the summer. My dad is an avid water sports guy, barefooting, kneeboarding, wakeboarding, etc. I myself was up skiing by the time I was 8. I was barefooting by the time I was 13.
Two years ago, my husband and I bought our first boat, a Mastercraft that is designed for wakeboarding. Mastercraft just so happens to be the brand of boat I grew up with as well. That may not be a coincidence. When you live up north, you quickly learn that you have to be out on the water as many nice days as possible in order to make your purchase worthwhile. And let’s be honest, also to soak up as much sun as possible in the 4, maybe 5 short months of summer.
With that being said, we try to get out on the boat as much as possible in the summer. If it’s a weekend, we often spend the whole day on the lake. Which means being very prepared for the little one. If we try to get off on a weeknight after work, it leaves very little time to be out on the water. Which means we want to load and unload the boat as efficiently as possible. Enter the “Boat Bag.”
Here is a list of all items that stay in our boat bag. That means no unpacking. Or if it does get unpacked for some reason, the bag is the place it gets put back into. So when it’s time for us to go out in the boat, all I have to pack is food and drinks.
The Beach Bag List
- Sunscreen (one bottle for us, one for Little MK)
- Lip Balm with SPF in it
- Mosquito spray
- A second swimsuit and shirt for Little MK in case of an accident
- Long pants and a sweatshirt in case we stay out late and it gets cold
- Hair ties
- A Blanket
- Little MK’s sun hat – we love this one because it covers Little MK’s neck
- Baby wipes
- Baby Powder – to help get the sand off
- Hand sanitizer – we like this sanitizer because it foams up rather than being runny and running off Little MK’s hands. And it’s alcohol-free.
- Bug Bite Cream (We use Melagel)
Together all these items to go into the bag. I personally like to use the Thirty One Large Utility Tote. My tote has an insert on the inside that holds the sides up. It also has a lot of pockets that hold small things such as the sunscreen.
What do think? Did I miss something on my list that you love to pack?