I love the beach, and so do my kids. It's exciting to get packed up, and even more awesome when we reach our destination. There are three things I don't like though...one is at the beginning of the trip, the other two are at the end of it. Below I will list the three solutions to my challenges, and then let you know exactly what those challenges were (before One Step Ahead came in to the rescue!).
The Solution to Challenge #1 (hot sand and sometimes icky ocean bottoms):
You put your coins in the meter, slather up the kids with their sunscreen, make sure they have their shades, sand toys, blow up raft, and towels. You start walking on the sand to get to the beach and it's only a matter of seconds before you're hearing (and feeling), 'ouch, ohhh, hot, hot, hot, ouch!' The sand is too hot to walk on, even in flip flops! That's where the awesome little Sun Smarties Water and Sand Socks come in handy.
Not only are they light-weight and breathable, but they also have an UPF of 50+. My favorite thing about them though is they allow you to walk freely across the sand, no matter how hot it might be!! Perfect for my little grandbaby, and perfect for the fam. too, 'cuz one of us always ends up carrying her along with all of the other things we're toting, so she doesn't burn her little tootsies. Or I should say we used to... now she can happily run along beside us in the sand. THEN, when it's time for her to play, she can wear them right into the water and not have to worry about the sometimes yukky ocean bottom.
Prevent slips and sunburn with our kid's UV sand and water socks! They protect against hot sand, burning sun, and slick, yucky ocean and lake bottoms. The swim socks' non-skid soles and toe caps offer superior traction to walkers and crawlers, while the UPF 50+ fabric shields the top of the feet, a magnet for sunburn. Soft and feather-light. Not designed for concrete. Machine wash. Imported. Designed by OneStepAhead! Choose from 5 different colors.
The second issue I have at the beach is that the carefully packed toys we take to the beach don't fit so nicely on the way back home. They're big, bulky and don't go back into the bag so easily as they did on the way to the beach. I don't know why that's fact, but surely it is...
So, when One Step Ahead designed this Collapse-A-Pail I was delighted to find it. Buckets are the best for the beach, but they're they worst for taking up room in the trunk after play time is over. They're big, bulky and you really don't want to put them back in the bag until you get them home and clean. With this pail, I fold it up (simply push it together) and can stow it in any area of the trunk quickly. No muss, no fuss. I like it. And of course the collapsible feature makes it easy to store at home too. Win-win.
The Solution to Challenge #3 (wet clothes):
Now it's no longer a challenge. With the Take-Along Wet Bags 2-Pack from One Step Ahead I can toss wet items in the bag, zip them up, and we can be merrily on our way. The bags are see-through so you don't forget about what's in them, and at 12" x 10", they're nice and roomy too.
Here you see my son's rashguard sun protection shirt and swimming trunks in separate bags. The one on the left is zipped, the one on the right is not zipped quite yet. I could put both pieces in one bag, I just put them in two to show you the picture.
The bags have a ring on them too, so you can hang them on strollers, diaper bags, beach bags, etc. Another simple but thoughtful feature that makes this bag duo a must-take on beach trips. Of course there a gazillion other uses you could find for these handy bags too. That's definitely part of their allure.
Always be ready for life's messy little surprises! Transparent, so you can see what's inside. No matter how you use them, our reusable Wet Bags keep wet and dry items apart. A must for beach bags, diaper bags, travel, daycare, camp…even keep one in your car. Keep wet swimsuits and dirty clothing contained, cell phones and wallets dry, and sunscreens and toiletries confined! Reusable and water-resistant, with a rugged zippered closure.12"W x 10"H. Designed by OneStepAhead!
I always say One Step Ahead is a favorite place of mine to shop. With solutions like these, it's easy to see why that is true.
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