3 Summer “Must Have’s” + Tips For Moms With Babies On Your Beach Vacation {+ a $100 BJ’s Gift Card GIVEAWAY!}

Posted on Jun 21 2015 - 7:20pm by Kelley
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3 Summer Must Have's on Your Beach Vacation


Oh sweet, sweet summertime! It’s time for the sun, sand, & sea and all of the fun family times that come with it! Our family will spend hours in the sand and listening the waves crash while we build sand castles and chase around the beach ball in the sun. Last year was the first year our trips were actually easy with a three year old and five year old, because we could spend hours out there without having to worry about packing a ton of stuff. This year.. our beach trips will be just a tad bit different with a newborn in tow.

If you’re a family that likes to vacation on the beach, I have these 3 Summer “Must-Have’s” for you! Last summer, we borrowed a beach cart from friends and it was a LIFESAVER. I was psyched to find the Tommy Bahama Beach Collection at BJ’s this year for a fraction of the price of what they go for at other places!

Here are my 3 Summer “Must-Have’s” for your beach vacation you can snag at BJ’s Wholesale Club!

Tommy Bahama SPF 100 Beach Shelter

$29.99 available in-club

Tommy Bahama Portable Sun Shelter Available at BJ's Wholesale Club

Especially with a baby this year, it’s integral we have something to shield her from the sun. That aside though, I’m also a stickler for sun safety. Cancer is something really sensitive to me losing my mom, an aunt, and all four grandparents to different types of cancer. While it wasn’t skin cancer, I’m a firm believer that we should protect ourselves from every type and do what we can to teach our kids about proper skin protection. This beach shelter is not only easy to set up, but it’s huge too! We can fit our beach chairs in there, plus toys and other things for the kids.

Tommy Bahama Beach Chairs with Footrest

$49.99 each available in-club

Tommy Bahama Beach Chairs with Footrest BJ's Wholesale Club

When life gets rough, I like to hold on to my dream,

Of replacing in the summer sun, just settin’ off steam!

I feel like Olaf relaxing in the summer sun getting gorgeously tanned in summer, while lounging in these totally awesome beach chairs! Seriously, you guys – – this is the Cadillac of beach chairs! Look at my kids lounging in our front yard! Now I’ll just sit in my beach chair and close my eyes and imagine the warm sand between my toes and water splashing my feet!

And last, but not least….

Tommy Bahama Beach Cart

$49.99 available in-club

Tommy Bahama Beach Cart - Available at BJ's Wholesale Club $49.99

Well, to carry all of the above of course! These beach carts are AWESOME and a LIFESAVER with kids! You can hang your chairs on it and throw in your umbrella, beach shelter, toys, snacks – you name it and the big wheels make it easy to push over the sand. We fit so much into this cart and went to and from the beach multiple times from our beach house making those trips that much easier while toting the kids too!

All three of these items are available in club at a BJ’s near you!

Now… if you have a little one, like me; find out my tips for making the most of your beach vacation with a baby in tow.

  • If you pack up your beach cart with a great beach canopy you’re already off to a good start. Unless your baby is old enough for sunscreen, keep a sun hat handy too.
  • Mini battery operated fans can be a great thing to keep on hand. It’s so important you make sure you keep babies out of the sun, but also that they don’t get overheated. When they’re really little, they’ll likely just sleep; so keep that little fan handy to put over their sweet little faces every once and a while for a quick and easy cool off.
  • Breast Milk popsicles. If your baby is old enough, I found this idea on Pinterest and it’s brilliant! You could pop a few of these in your cooler to give baby to cool down and for an easy treat!

BJ’s has a huge selection of sunscreen you can stock up on for your bigger kids too! I love how I can go there and stock up on literally everything I need to gear up for a week at the beach and not have to go anywhere else.

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45 Comments so far. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Kate K (My Mommy Brain) June 21, 2015 at 8:26 pm - Reply

    Love those Tommy Bahama beach chairs and cart. We aren’t big beach goers but I sure wish we had that cart the last time we went. So handy!!

    • Kelley June 22, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

      Aren’t the chairs awesome!? I love how they’re so comfortable.. AND, my neighbors little boy figured out how to use the footrest as a table too! Talk about luxury beach living!!! haha

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:11 am - Reply

      The good thing about the beach chairs is, in the south.. everyone sits in them in their driveways on nice days – so you’ll get use out of them anyway, right Kate!? haha!!

  2. Anita L June 21, 2015 at 8:43 pm - Reply

    We are looking to get a new patio set this year, so it would be nice to have $100.00 to put towards one! Thank you for this chance!!

    • Kelley June 22, 2015 at 8:28 am - Reply

      On so fun Anita!! Is there a patio set at BJ’s you’v been eyeing? If so, share! I would love to check it out!!

      • Anita L June 22, 2015 at 4:07 pm - Reply

        I was looking at the Berkley Jensen Trevi 7-Piece Patio Set. It’s very nice but I really don’t need that large of one. Something with an umbrella that seats 4 people would be great!

        • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:10 am - Reply

          I have no doubt you won’t find the perfect set at BJ’s!

  3. Tiffany June 22, 2015 at 7:44 am - Reply

    We have Tommy Bahama beach chairs and get stopped by people commenting about them every time we use them! I’ve eyed up that beach cart too. Awesome to hear you love it. I think we need one!

    • Kelley June 22, 2015 at 8:27 am - Reply

      They make lugging everything back and forth SO MUCH EASIER! I was surprised at how easy the cart is to maneuver in the sand too!

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:12 am - Reply

      The beach cart is an AMAZING investment with kids.. even if you don’t go to the beach a lot! You definitely need one, let me know if you want to borrow ours and test it out 😉

  4. Amber.m June 22, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

    i need that beach cart in my life!

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:13 am - Reply

      Seriously.. I keep telling all of my friends with kids it’s a necessity!

  5. Jennifer S June 22, 2015 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    Those Beach Chairs look so comfortable! They would be perfect for my upcoming lake vacation too!

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:13 am - Reply

      Yes Jennifer!! You could use them for so much more than just the beach!

  6. Phyrra June 22, 2015 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the great giveaway! I need some of those beach chairs!

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:13 am - Reply

      Good luck Phyrra! The beach chairs are great!

  7. Stacey Kirk June 22, 2015 at 5:48 pm - Reply

    My son killed his camera on his trip these last two weeks so I would use it to replace that!

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:10 am - Reply

      They have some awesome camera bundle options too! Good luck Stacey!!

  8. Lynne June 22, 2015 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    I definitely could use that beach shelter but would also love that rolling patio cooler for those days when we aren’t at the beach!

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:10 am - Reply

      We have a rolling cooler and it’s awesome! With this gift card, you could snag them both! 😉

  9. Sarah Flory June 22, 2015 at 9:57 pm - Reply

    I want a hammock swing for the home. I NEED a cooler w/ beach wheels.

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:09 am - Reply

      Love that swing Sarah! They also have an awesome hammock I’ve had my eyes on for weeks now!… Oh and they definitely have you covered when it comes to great coolers, too!

  10. Lisa Heath June 22, 2015 at 11:01 pm - Reply

    Those beach chairs! And I need that cart

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Aren’t they amazing!? I could sit in those on the beach ALL.DAY.LONG!

  11. Lani @ Life Anchored June 22, 2015 at 11:07 pm - Reply

    That sun shade is amazing!!

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:08 am - Reply

      It so is! There so much more to it than those traditional pop up ones, but it’s so easy to use too! I love how roomy it is!!

  12. Kendra June 23, 2015 at 12:58 am - Reply

    Those items look perfect for the beach!

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 8:14 am - Reply

      I feel like I could live at the beach with these three accessories!

  13. Paige June 23, 2015 at 9:19 am - Reply

    Definitely need to get one of those beach carts!! So glad we have a BJs here close to us!

    • Kelley June 23, 2015 at 9:20 am - Reply

      It seriously makes lugging everything around so much easier… I LOVE having a BJ’s right around the corner from us!

  14. melody k June 24, 2015 at 5:08 pm - Reply

    I would get the Lifetime Kids Folding Picnic Table for my kids

  15. Vera K June 25, 2015 at 7:08 am - Reply

    I think I would put the gift card toward an iPad.

  16. Vunda V June 25, 2015 at 9:32 am - Reply

    i would buy so much toilet paper and paper towels!

  17. Elle P. June 25, 2015 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    I would buy lots of snacks for on the go activities this summer and paper towels.

  18. Linda June 26, 2015 at 10:44 pm - Reply

    I’d get a couple new beach chairs and snacks for the beach.

  19. Laura m June 28, 2015 at 10:04 am - Reply

    Those beach chairs are awesome! I would get something for my new nephew!

  20. Jillian Too June 28, 2015 at 8:11 pm - Reply

    I would shop for a summer family BBQ and pick up Bubba Burgers, Fresh Organic Super Greens, and fresh veggies for grilling.

  21. Kelly D June 28, 2015 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    I would get their BetterBody Organic Coconut Flour and Brothers All-Natural Fruit Crisps.

  22. Mary Happymommy June 29, 2015 at 10:43 am - Reply

    My husband would love to get ribs there to barbecue.

  23. HS June 30, 2015 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    I will like to get Living Home Outdoors South Hampton Tete-A-Tete – Blue.

  24. Elisabeth July 1, 2015 at 4:47 pm - Reply

    I’m pregnant with our first child and I would probably stock up on as many diapers as I could get with $100!

    • Kelley July 2, 2015 at 7:45 am - Reply

      Congratulations Elisabeth! I just had our third a few months ago!! Stay tuned, because this month I’ll be sharing all things BABY and what’s available at BJ’s!!

  25. steve weber July 2, 2015 at 3:30 pm - Reply

    I would stock up on beverages for our 4th of July BBQ.

  26. Carissa July 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    I nearly bought the TB cart twice. Each time I talk myself out of it. DANG I’m buying it next time. GAH.

  27. Kevin December 21, 2015 at 12:21 am - Reply

    I guess that we missed it. Next time. But, those Tommy Bahama beach chairs are very comfortable.

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