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We love going to the beach and we are always looking for ideas to make our time more fun and easier. Who knew you could DIY a beach vacation, but you can! Here are some great ways to get all of that sand off of you and keep it on the beach.

Looking for some ideas for your little one’s to enjoy the beach in a safe way? How about some ideas to keep your belongings safe while you are playing with your kids? Want to take a unique family photo with your kids on the beach? We have those ideas too!

The Best Beach Hacks Around: Save time, money and energy with these great tips and summer hacks to make your beach trip the most fun ever!

Oh how I love the beach. The feeling of the sand between my toes, the gorgeous sunsets, the luxurious swims on hot summer days.

It can be the best place on this earth, but we do have to face the facts, the beach can be a little tricky to maneuver and you do have to make advance preparations before you go.

If you have kids, this can increase what you really need to bring to the beach ten fold. While my kids are a little older, I will never forget the overwhelming feeling of getting ready to have a peaceful time at the beach… it was actually downright difficult.

Today I want to share some of my favorite and most-pinned tips from across the world wide web. I promise they will make your trip to the beach a little easier and leave you with more time for fun!


The Best Beach Hacks Around: Save time, money and energy with these great tips and summer hacks to make your beach trip the most fun ever!


Frozen Water Balloons for a Cooler by Brit & Co

I can’t get over how fun this idea is for keeping your cooler nice and cool. Brit & Co. Shared how they actually fill water balloons with water and freeze them overnight.

Not only do they keep your food and drinks nice and chilly, but after they melt you can have a water balloon fight. Now that my friends is twice the fun and would also look adorable at a summer party, too!

Use a plastic bag to protect your phone from pool, beach, ocean and sand. Great beach hack

This is just plain smart. Princess Pinky Girl’s smart and easy way to save you from having to replace your mobile phone when it either get dropped in the ocean or gets sand in it.

Cheaper than a waterproof case and you can still see your messages!

Vodka Lemonade Juice Pouches via She Knows

She Knows knows a thing or two about how to have some fun at the beach and save a few dollars here and there. Have you ever heard a woman saying she needs a mommy juice box?

This is totally a mommy juice box. You can make this with vodka, lemons and a few other ingredients that you’ll find in the post. You can also make a non-alcoholic version for the kids and skip the capri suns all-together.

My favorite thing is that you can freeze these guys for a delicious slushie or just to keep your other food and drinks cold. Score!

Use a fitted sheet at the beach to keep sand off of it via Reddit

This one is so smart! Use a fitted sheet to create “sides” and limit the amount of sand that is kicked on to the sheet! Thanks to Reddit for showing us this great beach tip!

Beach baby tent and pool - perfect for shading baby but keeps them nice and cool and safe

I love this Baby Beach Tent with Pool! Such a great way to keep your baby nearby, covered and entertained! Find it here – Baby Beach Tent and Pool. (FYI, this is an affiliate link and I may commission if you purchase)

Baby Powder Beach Trick by I Heart Naptime

Have you heard of the baby powder trick? I Heart Naptime shows us how to use baby powder to prevent sand sticking to your skin.

This is one smart idea, especially for the little ones in your life. My babies hated having sand on them and this would have been such a blessing! I’d love to hear if any of you have tried it before and if it works.

Homemade Aloe Ice Cubes from Masshole Mommy

Got a sunburn? These Homemade Aloe Ice Cubes from Masshole Mommy, will soothe that angry burn and hopefully provide some relief!

Frozen Water Bottles for Ice Chest by Passion for Savings

Passion for Savings gave us this simple tip about how she freezes water bottles to keep her cooler cool.

This is a very similar concept to the balloons, but you’ll have some really nice, cool water to sip on throughout the day. One quick tip for you.

When you freeze the bottles, I normally pour out a tiny bit and loosen the water bottle cap so the water has a little room to expand as it freezes.

Make your own Beach Kiddie Pool from In Lieu of Preschool and other amazing BEACH HACK and TIPS

This idea from In Lieu of Preschool  is border line genius. Grab a CHEAP shower liner, dig a hole and make your own little “beach kiddie pool”, Grab one here – or go to the dollar store and just pitch it before you leave the beach! (FYI, this is an affiliate link and I may commission if you purchase)

Smart Sunscreen Lotion Reminder by Yesterday on Tuesday

Oh my goodness… this is so one of those why didn’t I think of that moments. Yesterday on Tuesday brings along a sharpie to the beach and marks when they apply sunscreen on the bottle. So super smart…. I never remember how long it has been and this has bitten us a few times and there is nothing worse than a sunburn while on vacation.

Empty Deodorant Container to Store Valuables by Adventures in Familyhood

Adventures in Familyhood has a fantastic idea about how to keep your valuables safe while you are on the beach.

When you finish a stick of deodorant. Empty it out and use the bottle for your money, keys and anything else you don’t want taken.

I have a feeling that thieves really don’t take the time to steal a bottle of deodorant. Another hack that I am totally going to do!

Beach Towel Selfie Stand by Smart School House

Do you ever find yourself wishing you had a selfie stick or a way to prop up your phone while on the beach? Smart School House shows us how to roll a towel to do just that.

Another easy and super smart idea! Sometimes I really want to get a picture of something and my hands are so sandy. This and a timer work great!

Kiddie Pool for Baby at the Beach by Baton Rouge Moms

Baton Rouge Moms has shared the smartest idea for keeping a baby happy on a sandy beach… a kiddie pool.

For just a few dollars, you can keep your little one in one place, keep the sand away and quite possibly enjoy a few moments basking in the sun, reading a book, or just watching the waves roll in.

5 Easy Mom Hacks for Applying Sunscreen by Simply Stacie

Do your kids dislike having sunscreen applied? You are not alone, I can promise you! Simply Stacie has shared some of the greatest ideas for keeping them calm and entertained while you make sure they are protected from the harmful rays of the sun. These are totally worth a good look!


Beach in a Bottle Keepsake by The Country Chic Cottage

The Country Chic Cottage  has shared the cutest idea for how to preserve those beach memories after you come home. Just be sure to bring a bag or jar to collect your sand and shells. This would make for a gorgeous collection.

DIY outdoor drink holder from Modpodge Rocks and other great BEACH HACK AND TIPS

This DIY Outdoor Drink Holder from Positively Splendid  is perfect for a picnic, beach pool

Beach and Boating Snack Ideas by Second Chance to Dream

These are some great ideas for what to snack on while at the beach or on the boat. Second Chance to Dream Be sure to check out these ideas so you know what to pack in your cooler for your next excursion.

Store sand toys in a mesh bag from the Idea Room

The Idea Room has this great idea to store your beach toys in a collapsible mesh bag. You can use the beach showers to rinse the whole bag down with the toys in it and leave the sand where it belongs…at the beach!

Collect sand from all of your vacations and create a Beach Sand Memory Jar

I adore this idea so much. Bring a ziplock bag with you to the beach and grab a couple handfuls of sand. When you get home, grab a cool oversized mason jar or vase to layer the sand and label it with the place and year of your vacation.

Such a great keepsake and a cool beachy decor! (I could not find the original source to credit this photo – please email me if you know who created it so I can properly credit them!!)

Custom made flip flops to make words in the sand

These flip flops are totally awesome! They are all custom made and will imprint whatever message you choose in the sand! This is perfect for a beach wedding, family reunion, spring break or just a fun vacation! Find them here to get your own message personalized on flip flops!

How about some fun beach vacation picture ideas to take while at the beach!

Best Beach Picture Ideas! Great ideas for family vacation pictures

Are you going on a vacation to the beach, or just an outing – try recreating this super creative Beach Vacation Pictures! They are so much fun and take “family pictures” to a whole new level!! Best beach pictures ever!

Hilarious!! Found it hereFunny photos to take at the beach

I don’t know that I could ever get the spacing right, but I am totally going to try! (source unknown)

Funniest Beach Pictures Ever!

Now I just need to find someone who will let me bury them in the sand! Found here!

fun beach pictures with kids

Sandwriting is one of my favorite pictures to take on a beach vacation! Check out some of these creative Sandwriting ideas from Mixbook!

Great beachwriting ideas and other great beach pictures and beach hacks and tips

Also from Mixbook – I love this idea for a beach picture frame photo! So many fun ideas – the possibilities are endless!

Great beach vacation photos

I loooove this one, but again, it would take me forever to get the spacing just right!! (source unknown)

Best beach picture ever

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The Best Beach Hacks Around: Save time, money and energy with these great tips and summer hacks to make your beach trip the most fun ever!

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Jenn is a mom to three beautiful boys, wife to an amazing husband, social influencer and blogger. I love all things easy recipes, easy crafts, all things hacks, traveling EVERYWHERE and feeding my Pinterest addiction!

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  1. Please make sure people do not leave dug out holes in the sand to prevent injury or for turtles during nesting season. Also any type of plastic left behind on the beach can get swept into the water where turtles can think they are jellyfish and eat them. Great ideas for the most part!