My top beach prep & packing tips for families

We’re planning our December holiday and I’m sure that you are too. Over the years I’ve become quite the bag-packing expert. I wanted to share some of my essential (and also favourite) items that need to be in your family beach bag this festive season, as well as some beach safety and convenience tips.

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1. Freeze bottled water the night before your day on the beach. This way, you can use the frozen bottles instead of ice to keep your other refreshments and snacks cool.

2. My favourite beach foods to pack that keep well in a cooler bag (and are easy to eat) are grapes, berries, naartjies, sandwich rolls, drinking yoghurt, dried fruit and nuts.

3. Always take wet wipes for sticky fingers (and bathroom emergencies) and a plastic packet for rubbish in case there isn’t a bin around when you leave.

4. Baby powder works a charm to soak up moisture and easily removes sticky sand off of legs and feet before getting in the car! The beach sand in some parts of KZN is the worst, but baby powder will remove every last grain of sticky black sand. Try it!

5. For safety at crowded beaches, I like to draw a big circle around our spot and tell the boys to stay in the circle unless given permission, eg to fill a beach bucket with water. It’s good to have a general ‘reminder’ chat with your kids in the car about petting dogs they don’t know, blue bottles and water safety on the way.

6. Remember to have some money on you to treat the kids to an ice cream. Sometimes you really just want a lolly to make you jolly on the beach. I mean, it’s the holidays, after all. Take cash!

7. Let the kids pack their own bag of beach toys, and don’t think conventional. Items like tupperware, plastic spoons, ice trays or plastic cups will entertain them for hours.

8. Apply sunblock to yourself and your kids before you leave the house or hotel. This saves you from spending your first 20 minutes on the beach struggling with wiggling kids and rubbing suncream on your husband’s back. Use a 50spf with kids – it just lasts longer.

Other than that, you’ll definitely need your essentials like towels, cozzies, spare clothes, music, goggles, a book, floaty toys, a camera and some sun hats. Moms might want to pack a nifty travel razor like the Venus Snap, as well as your tweezers for some last minute and on the go grooming emergencies. Here are some fun pictures that Graeme took of Noah and I at the beach this weekend.

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Keen to WIN a really cool prize? Venus is giving away a shopping spree worth R20,000 at Topshop to a very lucky girl! All you have to do to stand a chance to win is:

  • Buy one of their Venus Snap razors
  • Snap a flat lay image including your Venus Snap
  • Upload it to Instagram using #VenusOnTheGo. I made you a little example below. How easy?

I’ve got some more holiday vibes and ideas to talk about and share with you, but please go enter this competition in the meantime and tag me in your pictures. I want to see what’s in your beach bag this Summer!




  • Keri

    November 23, 2015 at 8:15 am Reply

    Beautiful x

  • Caley

    November 23, 2015 at 8:53 am Reply

    LOVE this post – and can you believe I only learnt the powder trick LAST WEEK!!!
    Looking gorgeous in this cozzie Tash x

    • Natasha Clark

      November 23, 2015 at 9:39 am Reply

      Aaaah thank you so much! It’s an oldie but so comfortable x

  • Chereen

    November 23, 2015 at 9:39 am Reply

    You look SENSATIONAL! Loved these tips… love the idea of drawing a circle to keep kiddies from going stray. Going to try this with my Noah this holiday!

    • Natasha Clark

      November 23, 2015 at 10:11 am Reply

      Haha thanks Chereen. I was pretty mindful of not editing any bits and being super real about the mom-bod. I think I have cellulite on my knees? What is that! Glad you liked the tips xx

  • nel

    December 6, 2015 at 4:26 am Reply

    Hi. Thanks for the great post. Wish I had read it earlier. Please which beaches do you recommend around capetown and best time to go to avoid the crowds? The more pple there are, the more my son thinks they are his friends. Are there any private pay beaches? Not a snob but my son does better if there are less people around. Thanks

  • Eileen Ellis

    January 21, 2016 at 2:50 pm Reply

    Hi! Your post is very interesting and I got a lot of useful tips about how to pack my stuff. I like the idea my children to be involved in packing the suitcases. Thanks a lot for sharing!

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