Social & Emotional Development

10 Essential Products to Make Your Beach Trip a Blast

By: Alissa LaSovage
Little girl listening to a shell on the beach with her mom.
3 minutes to read
Ages 3+
Critical Thinking
Social Emotional

Sand and sun – here you come! You’ve got your beach trip booked and are already dreaming of blue skies and boardwalks. BUT – you’ve still got your to-do list standing between you and the soothing sound of lapping waves. 

No sweat! Packing and planning will be a breeze when you use this list of our 10 best new ideas and products for beach trips. In fact, it might put you so far ahead of schedule, you’ll have time to break out your beach read and get vacation started early.

Build excitement for the big day

You’re all eagerly awaiting the arrival of your trip — and that anticipation can be half the fun! 

Take advantage of the excitement by letting kids pitch in with vacation prep. When the chores are done, mix in some fun activities with a beach theme, like these DIY Beach Creature Flip Flops. Kids will love creating their own personalized beach wear (and you can finish the suitcases while they craft).

Even those pesky last-minute errands can inspire enthusiasm (and helpful travel tips) when you tune the car radio to the Dear Highlights podcast about one family’s permanent vacation.

Find the comfiest travel wear

A key to smooth travels is making sure everyone is cozy and comfortable. Highlights tees and hoodies fit the bill AND add a little something special, so kids will want them to stay in rotation long after vacation has passed. 

The supersoft Tic T-Axolotl tee features the silliest varieties of everyone’s favorite amphibian, arranged in a playable tic-tac-toe style graphic. 

And the snuggly Tiger Bones hoodie has a striking graphic that glows in the dark, to reveal the intricate skeletal system of the elegant jungle cat.

Stock up on activities for plane rides and pool side

Break up long hours of travel time – or encourage a bit of quiet activity after a busy day – with a collection of engaging (and brain boosting) pen-to-paper activities created just for kids. 

The Fun to Go Travel and Games Collection includes 4 travel-size activity books that kids can play alone or with the whole family. 

Or try the Summer Spree Silly Fill-Ins, a kid-favorite that combines Hidden Pictures puzzles with hilarious fill-in-the-blank stories. 

For longer rides or for more family-friendly fun, try the wide variety of puzzle play in the On-the-Go Puzzles Big Fun Activity Pad.

Get the best gear for sand and sun

Spend a worry-free day at the beach with gear created specifically with families in mind. 

Highlights’ family-friendly Beach Totes are roomy, colorful, and have every. single. feature. you could want during a day at the beach: water-resistant material, plastic phone pocket with sensitive touch screen (so you can use the phone while it’s zipped away), exterior straps to carry wet towels, and pockets galore. It’s available in two designs: rainbow tie-dye or an exclusive Highlights shark puzzle. 

Coordinate your crew with matching Highlights Beach Towels, which are soft (100% cotton), strong (400 GSM), and large enough (34” x 64”) to fit the needs of active families — littles, bigs, and grownups alike. Plus, they fit perfectly into the tote!

Don’t forget Insulated Water Bottles! Constructed of double-walled, vacuum-insulated steel, and tested safe for lead, phthalates, and BPA, these bottles will fit into totes, backpacks, and lunch coolers, and are perfect for keeping drinks icy (or hot!) on all your kid’s adventures. Plus, the pop-up, leak-proof straw makes it easy for kids to “flip and sip” for hydration throughout the day.

Alissa LaSovage
By: Alissa LaSovage

Alissa LaSovage has been writing for kids and families for more than 20 years. When she's not in the midst of a parenting adventure with her twin boys, she likes to read, travel, and spend time outdoors.