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Tips for a perfect beach day

Ice-cream dripping down arms, the splash of salty waves and wiggling sandy toes; Holidays with Kids is dreaming of a never-ending summer. However, being sun smart means a lot more than just slip, slop, slapping. Here are our tips for beach perfection.

1The Australian sun is a harsh one, and our little tots’ skin is far too sensitive for it. Invest in a beach umbrella or beach tent.

2 Chances are your kids will want to explore the sand and waves so when they call, throw on a rashie for extra protection, and make sure any exposed skin is lathered in SPF 50+.

3 Make sure you've got plenty of water to keep the whole family hydrated for the whole day and save the kiosk for Golden Gaytimes.

4 Don't forget the buckets, spades, beach balls and inflatable toys – all guaranteed fun for hours.

5 Have a plan for the day, but be prepared to go with the flow. Sometimes you may need to leave earlier than thought, other times you just won’t be able to drag your kids away. Embrace the sun, the sand and the moment!

6 There’s nothing worse than scoring the perfect spot on the beach, then realising you’ve forgotten the most important thing: snacks. Avoid the annoyance of scouting for an overpriced kiosk and come prepared with enough snacks to last the entire day. A cooler bag will also keep munchies fresh.

7 Towels, hats, bags, oh my! Make sure you’re prepared and bring the accessories you really need for a happier day. And, of course, you'll need a bag big enough to fit it all in.

8 Take advantage of your little one’s schedule and get to the beach early. Not only will you miss the crazy rush to find the perfect spot, the sun isn’t as harsh earlier in the day.

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