Summer Essentials Guide for Families 2023
Summer is almost here and soon enough families everywhere in Melbourne will be hitting the beach or the pool, going away for the Summer holidays and in general spending lots of time outside. We have put together a list of our favourite Summer Essentials so you can be prepared for Summer 2023!
10 Things Your Family Needs This Summer
Find below 10 things you need to get ready for Summer! We love supporting local, so are happy to recommend products from many Australian owned companies.
1. Family Beach Tent
If you love the outdoors, whether it be out in the backyard for a picnic, or at the beach, a protective beach tent is a must have Summer accessory for the whole family.
We love the SunPlay pop up beach tent which can be set up and packed away in under a minute. Unlike many other beach tents which require time (and patience) to put together, my 8 year old can set this up by himself.
It is spacious enough for a family, and has it’s own backpack to carry in, which is especially convenient when you have little ones in tow. It is also Australian certified with a UPF50+ rating.
See the list: Beach Tents for families
2. Sand Free Beach Towel
Heading to the beach with kids can get messy. That’s why we love sand free towels. These beach towels are highly absorbent, fast drying, and sand resistant, making a day at the beach much easier. You can also choose from single or double size with a fun range of colourful designs to suit your personality. Pictured are the Tesalate beach towels.
See our favourites: Best Sand Free Towels
3. Picnic Mat
Summer means spending more time outdoors. It may be a simple backyard picnic, it could be heading to your local park, or even on a day trip. A picnic blanket will always come in handy and can easily be left in the boot of your car just in case you need it.
We use the large family picnic mat from Saltwater Picnic & Co. These eco friendly picnic mats are water resistant so spillages won’t be a problem. They are also stain proof and machine washable, so perfect for any adventure. We also love that they are large enough to fit our whole family.
See all the designs here
4. Beach Bag
Every family needs a large beach bag or carry bag to bring along all of the kid’s gear. They come in handy when packing towels and bathers for the beach or pool. And if you are heading out for a picnic, a stylish carry bag is great to hold the kid’s toys, games, extra clothes and snacks.
We love the Sammimis jumbo beach bag made of Turkish cotton which is perfect for all of our family outings. It has 3 large pockets which comfortably fits all of our towels and beach gear. These stylish beach bags are water repellent, and fully washable too which is convenient.
My fav though is the matching wet bag, which is perfect for bringing home the kid’s wet bathers after a day swimming at the pool or beach so nothing else gets all wet and soggy in the bag.
See the List: Best Beach Bags
5. Kids Hooded Towels
Keep the kids warm after coming out of the water with their very own hooded towel. We love the zip up kind. Just slip them on after the kids get out from the beach or the pool to dry off and keep warm. They have various different colours and sizes from babies to older kids and even adults too. Short sleeve or long sleeve to match your needs.
See the list: Best hooded towels for kids
6. Sunsafe Swimwear
If you are planning on spending your Summer days outdoors, at the beach or in the pool, you and your family will need some protective swimwear that is is going to last.
Ripcurl have a fabulous and fun range of children’s swimwear which is UPF50+. The range includes toddler suits, two-piece bathers, board shorts, rashies for both girls and boys, hats, and towels. They also have a great range of rashies for adults too.
7. Sun and Swim Hats
Every child needs a good sun hat to keep their face out of the sun on those warm Summer days. Rip Curl have gorgeous bucket hats for kids of all ages as well as caps for older kids, and sunhats for kids and adults too.
8. Kid Proof Sunnies
Most adults own a pair of sunnies but parents often forget about their kids. Kids’ eyes are just as important and need protecting from the harmful sun rays. Babiators are the perfect solution for young children, as their sunglasses are flexible and won’t break when kids bend them backwards.
Babiators have a large range of styles from your classic sunglasses with the standard or mirrored lenses, aviators, and even heart and flowered shaped sunglasses too. We love the colour range, there is something for every boy girl and even for babies too!
See the full range here
9. Kids Beach Buoyancy Vest
Teaching the kids to swim? These kids beach buoyancy vests are a great swim aid for kids had have been designed with two bright buoyancy panels front and back with adjustable webbing chest straps for a snug fit. They come in two bright colours to stand out from the crowd too.
Find them online here>>>
Are You Ready for Summer?
Make sure you are ready for summer with our list of Summer Essentials for 2023! Make sure you check out our list of summer kids activities for summer fun!