Over 20 years we are getting it down to a fine art. First and foremost you don’t want to have to lug everything so our number one, numero uno item is a little trailer with thick tyres which we can pull down the ramp and along the beach. My uncle made ours but you could buy one at the hardware store for sure. Or instead buy a big wheelbarrow.
Secondly you need a big esky with wheels to carry all of the yummy sandwiches and drinks for the day at the beach. In the trailer goes the beach chairs and the umbrellas and we also have an amazing beach tent called the moana, it has 4 sets of poles, ropes and a large canvas piece of fabric. In 5 minutes it is up and we have our own personal marquee on the beach which offers shade all day long.
We have 3 custom canvas bags that we made up, one says towels, the other says clothes and the third says bits and pieces. It sounds a bit pedantic but at the end of the day it rocks as we know where everything is. Keep in mind there are about 5 families! All the kids have their own canvas beach bags with their own hat and lunch in them as well and they are responsible for that. We have a large chilled water dispenser which keeps us hydrated all day and a 2 litre pump pack of suncream at the ready.
We have the obligatory beach cricket set with extra balls and lots of shovels, spades, buckets and other sandcastle building equipment. We have 1 big bowl to put water in for the doggies and a couple of leads just in case the dog inspector comes! There is also an endless supply of sandwiches, snacks, fruit and drinks to keep everyone happy and sated throughout the day. Surfboards and boogie boards are also loaded up on the trailer along with a few extra buckets for collecting sea glass and shells. So all in all there is a lot of stuff but somehow between us all we can get down there and unpacked in a flash and the same at the end of a fun beach day!.