Packing for the beach

April 1, 2016

Happy FRIDAY! It’s finally here, my friends.

Well, I managed to start organizing things for our trip last night. I’ve been keeping a running list of the items I need to remember to bring, particularly for the girls, and it has helped me stay focused as I pack. I plan on just throwing casual stuff along with workout clothes in a bag for myself. Here’s what I packed first (surprised?)…


Even though we are traveling by car, I don’t want to over pack, so I’m trying to keep things to a minimum. Plus, our house has a washer and dryer so I’ll be able to do laundry at some point. I can never escape it!

Here’s what I’m planning to bring:

GIRLS – clothing and shoes:

  • nightgowns (3 each)
  • outfit for travel + a change in case (2 each)
  • outfits (4 each)
  • socks
  • bathing suits (4)
  • flip flops (2)
  • sandals (2)
  • hats (2)
  • sunglasses (2)
  • light jackets (2)


GIRLS – toiletries and accessories:

  • shampoo
  • tissues
  • toothbrushes and toothpaste
  • beach towels (4)
  • wipes
  • diapers + swim diapers
  • sunblock
  • lovies
  • travel white noise maker
  • bibs (AMAP)
  • multi vitamins (8) and probiotics (8)
  • combs (2)
  • bows and hair ties
  • beach toys
  • floaties (2)


GIRLS – entertainment (car):

  • activity books (2)
  • crayons
  • toys
  • DVDs (in case!)
  • books


And snacks:

  • bananas
  • apples
  • trail mix
  • Larabars
  • Justin’s travel almond butter pouches
  • Cheerios (not shown)
  • fruit + veggie pouches
  • crackers
  • AB&J sandwiches (2)
  • water bottles (for all of us)


  • phone chargers (!)
  • supplements
  • laptop
  • personal training book and study guide materials
  • potty training book (fun stuff!)
  • contact lens (+ extra pair)
  • glasses
  • sunglasses
  • hat
  • beach tent
  • cooler
  • coconut cream
  • coconut oil
  • almond oil
  • coffee + filters
  • hair iron

In the end, if I forget anything it really isn’t a big deal. We can make do.

Matt came home with one of his old anatomy books for me to use as I’m studying. I’m actually excited to read it!


The tricky thing about this trip is the morning after we return I turn around and fly to St. Louis to attend a work conference. I’m looking forward to it, but it will be an interesting transition to go from vacation right into work mode. I’ll be living out of a suitcase for awhile! I’m also going to miss being with the girls for a few days. But I’m not going to think about that.

I’m just going to think about this:


I feel really fortunate to have the opportunity to be with my family for a little while. Matthew’s schedule is quite busy and being a small business owner means he really can’t take time off. Well he can, but he doesn’t get vacation or personal time like most. So taking time off for him is a big deal.

I’m also grateful that we are going to a place that is very special to me. I grew up going to the Outer Banks, NC as a child and it’s one of my very favorite spots. I have so many happy memories of being with my aunts, uncles, and cousins every summer. We have a big family – there must have been at least 30 of us there!

Duck - wild horses

Matt and I have agreed to continue going to the beach (hopefully OBX) every year with the girls. I want them to experience the same joy and excitement I did about going to the beach. Hopefully the big waves won’t scare them!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend! I have some posts planned for early next week so you’ll hear from me soon.

In the meantime, I thought I’d share some entertaining articles I came across recently:

The 10 Worst Exercises You Were Forced to do in PE <– Ugh. Waiting to be picked for a team was the WORST!

True Life: I Went to Pure Barre and It Was Effing Miserable <– One man’s account of Pure Barre. Hilarious! And oddly makes me want to try it.

These Healthy, Chewable Coffee Cubes Might Just Replace Your Cup of Joe <–Sorry, but there is absolutely NO way this is the future of coffee. Anyone who loves coffee knows most of the enjoyment comes from the ritual of drinking the coffee.

Do you have any spring break plans?

I’d love to hear about them! Any tips for traveling with kids?


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