1. Active Mom Swimwear Favorites:Swimwear is a no-brainer for the beach or pool, and a bikini style suit is my personal favorite. But when I'm on mom-duty I like to be on the more conservative side of that style and something that I know will stay put! My go-to in this category are J. Crew bikini tops. I love that they come with Bra Sizing (rather than S/M/L) because I've had much better luck getting a proper fit. They aren't the cheapest option for swimwear, but the fit makes it worth it to me, and they also hold up really well so I don't have to replace them very often.
Bottoms are a little easier to fit for me, so I go for something more affordable like Target. Then I end up mixing and matching my J. Crew top with Target bottoms, like so:
We didn't own any of these items when we moved to San Diego three years ago (as you can imagine, beach-going isn't a big part of the Seattle lifestyle!), and it took some trial and error for us to figure out exactly what we need (or don't) at the beach.
Umbrella: As much as I love summer and sunshine, I'm not into skin cancer and new wrinkles, so our beach umbrella is a huge help for shade and sun protection. Another thing I like about having an umbrella is that it makes it easier for us to find our home base! Whether I go down to the water or up to the bathrooms, it's easier to come back and find the family by looking for an exact umbrella than by bodies laying on the sand.
Umbrellas all along the beach!
Chairs: We also love these beach chairs because it's more comfortable to sit upright and watch the kids play (or if I'm lucky, do a little reading). I also love that they have a cup holder and cell phone compartment on the arm rest and additional zippered storage at the back of the chair to keep a wallet, keys etc. Plus they fold up and can be worn like a backpack to make it easy (even for my kids) to transport them to and from the car:
On-the-Go: Between the four of us in my family, we can carry all of our stuff to and from the car and beach, but when our kids were smaller and couldn't help with carrying as much, we had to use one of these beach carts:
It was a bit of a hassle to load it in the car and load it up with all of our stuff, but also a necessity if we wanted to have all the chairs, umbrella, sand toys, towels, boogie boards, snacks etc. that we use at the beach!
* * *As I mentioned in the intro, I'm collaborating with four other bloggers for this summer survival series! So I hope you'll follow through our coast-to-coast blog hop by heading to the Midwest for Carylee's take on this week's theme, or simply use the links above to meet each blogger in this series.
Before you go, don't forget to check out my MacBook Air + Tory Burch Giveaway, and I'll see you back on Friday for an outfit recap and some recent favorites!