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Bring on the Beach! Best Beaches for Families Around Puget Sound

Kid-friendly beaches for swimming and wading around Seattle, the Eastside and South Sound

Writer author Allison Holm and family on a ferry in Puget Sound

Published on: July 22, 2019

Bring on the Beach! Best Beaches for Families Around Puget Sound

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Beach bag checklist

There’s nothing worse than getting set up at the perfect sandy spot for the day and realizing that you forgot an essential piece of gear. Here’s a checklist of must-haves (sunscreen) and some nice-to-haves (umbrella):

  • Sunscreen (plus lip block)
  • UVSunSense wristbands (when they turn pink, it’s time to reapply sunscreen)
  • Towels and/or a blanket
  • Umbrella and chairs
  • Sunglasses and hats
  • Dry clothes/UV-protective clothing
  • Water shoes
  • Diapers and wipes; disposable swim diapers
  • Snacks, lots of water, lunch
  • Baggies for diapers, wet clothes, garbage or found “treasures”
  • Baby powder or other product to help brush sand off easily
  • First aid kit and bottle of eye wash in case of sand in the eyes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Bug repellent
  • Small pop-up play tent (great for meltdowns brought on by too much sun or the need for a nap)
  • Beach toys
  • Cash for treats
  • Field guides for tide-pooling and a book for you!


Editor's note: This article was originally published several years ago and updated most recently for 2019.

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