Having spent a week on the beach in Norfolk with children I strongly recommend a few additional pieces of kit, further to my list before. This is if you have been canny enough to secure some UK beach time this year. I now feel so neurotic about UK beach holidays that I have rebooked Norfolk for TWO WEEKS next year and then a further two weeks in Cornwall in August. I mean I feel a bit mad admitting that, but I’m pretty sure next year around June I will be high-fiving myself.
First: neon rashies or hats. My children have the heart-stopping habit of just wandering off miles down the beach and being totally un-findable. Now they have NEON and white rashies so I can spot them at a distance. Neon swimwear also works. I got my kids’ rashies from Sunuva and they were insanely expensive at £42 but I really like them. The colour doesn’t look that bright in the picture but trust me it is crazily bright. If your kids will wear a cap, get them this revolting green one. You won’t improve the view but you also won’t lose your kids.
Second: something bright to mark where you are on the beach so that children, disorientated after drifting with the sea while boogie boarding, can find their way back to you. I quite fancy one of these pop-up colourful tents.
Third: binoculars – see above
I know this all sounds really neurotic, but suddenly when you’re on the beach and you look up and you cannot see either of your children anywhere, suddenly them being instantly findable takes on new urgency