MU Picked · To Get Vacation Ready

We're going to Deer Valley next week which I'm dreadfully behind in wrapping my head around. If you're also heading to snowy parts, we ran a list of must haves for cold weather in December (here).  But for those of you going to warm weather destinations or just ready to start planning for the beach, we compiled our picks for products that go with us to keep everything feeling more calm and collected.  This list, like this one and this one in February, is curated by Liz Yingst, who shifted from fashion buying to personal styling after having her sweet son, Ben.  I love her selections because of her incredible eye balanced with a practical sensibility.  More from Liz to come but for now, you can shop her list for beach escapes with the kids below or browse them in the shop

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1.  Though this is sold as a picnic blanket, I use the Sunny Life Mat at the beach. It is water resistant, and, most importantly, zips up into its own carrying case. Added Bonus: it has a matching Wine Cooler Bag!

2.  It seems like every child in New York City has these Native Shoes, but they truly are the best option for warm weather. They wear like sneakers, are breathable, and transition from playground to water-play seamlessly. It’s hard to pick just one color, but I find the grey the most outfit-neutral. Neha's note: Bodie's feet run wide so I found the Miller style worked better than the classic Jefferson if your kids need a bit more wiggle room.

3. Babyganics Hand Sanitizing Wipes These individually packaged hand sanitizing wipes are my go-to for travel. I always throw a handful in any purse or bag I am carrying. They are also perfect for cleaning sandy hands when it’s snack-time at the beach.

4.  Mini Boden's Swim collection is an adorable option for boys and girls’ swim. Ben lived in his Mini Boden swim-gear last summer, and I was happy to find this season’s updated patterns were just as great. They have three variations, but I love the airplane motif.

5.  Magna Tiles may not seem like the most obvious travel activity, but I always find bringing items from home with us extremely helpful during downtime where ever we are staying. I bring a selection of the tiles in a ziplock bag and pack them in our suitcase.

6. After taking a couple months break, Ben is now back into kitchen and food play, so this Melissa and Doug Sand Ice Cream Play Set is perfect for him at the beach. It comes with two scoopers, two cones, a bucket and a sprinkles shaker. A really fun way to put a new twist on sand toys.

7.   This Pottery Barn Wet / Dry Bag is an asset for any pool or beach day. I put a change of clothes (and diapers) in before we leave for the day, and once Ben is finished playing, we swap his wet swim items for his dry ones. Because the bag is lined with nylon, nothing else in our beach bag gets wet.

8. Ben has very sensitive skin and we went through many sunscreen brand trial and errors until his dermatologist recommended Neutrogena Pure and Free Sunscreen. It does leave a slight white tint on his skin, but he has had no burns and remained rash-free. Neha's note: For darker skin where white tint can be annoying, I find Alba Botanica the easiest and softest to blend on Bodie's skin.  

9.  I purchased this Parker Thatch Tote Bag prior to having Ben, and it has now morphed into our beach tote. The thick canvas makes it durable to sand play wear-and-tear and has enough space for both of our items. You can monogram it with your (or your little ones’) initials and they also offer the option to inscribe a sweet note on the inside if it is a gift.

Written by Liz Yingst, a New York-based mother, fashion buyer & stylist, and contributor to the MU community.

Cover Photo by Pottery Barn