Have you noticed that every time you go to the beach, there is sand all over everything?! It’s everywhere! Sand on towels. Sand in hair. Sand in between toes. Sand in ears. Sand in every possible place sand can hide.
How do you keep it off of everything? How do you keep it out of your car? Off of your kids? Here are a few of my favorite tricks and tips to help reduce the sand we take home from or vacation
The biggest thing you need to do is to plan ahead. Make sure you have everything you need before you leave.
Prep your car
Weather Tech mats throughout the car and trunk are a must with the sand. Easy clean up. Just remove the mats and dump/brush off. If you aren’t able to get these mats, put a towel, shower curtain, or seat covers on your seats.
Keep a tote in the trunk for anything used at the beach. This will help keep any remaining sand in one place.
Store toys in a mesh laundry bag. This way you can put them all in and shake them out before putting them in the car. Plus, it makes it easy to carry them to the beach and back. The big blue tote from Ikea is also the perfect bag for sand toys.
Dust off your kids with baby powder, which will help dry out the water in the sand and make it easier to brush the sand off. Although, you don’t want to do this when you’re kids are soaking wet or it will turn to paste.
Use a wagon for your kids and things. Remember not to put anything with sand on it into the wagon. Once you’re done at the beach, dip your kid in the water or shower (if available) before putting them back into the wagon and and hauling them to the car.
Store warm water in the car
Another option, would be to reuse milk jugs or find a large water jug that you can store in your car while you’re having fun at the beach. Keep the water in the vehicle will warm the water up so no cold water to rinse off.
Small hand vac
Keep a rechargeable hand vac in your car. The vacuum doesn’t pick it all up, but should help.
Store a lint roller in your car to pick up extra sand out of the car or off skin or clothes.
Hopefully these tips will help keep your family sand-free after a trip to the beach. Or at least lessen the sand brought in to your home… What are your tips for a sand-free beach trip?