Summer Essentials

This Summer Don’t Forget The…

This Summer Don’t Forget The… Summer is well and truly here, forget about swimsuit anxiety, nothing brings on panic faster than trying to prepare for every possible situation that can arise on a day at the beach with children. Hot sand, too much sun, wind, hungry, thirsty… you get the idea. What sets out to be a perfect day at the beach can end up with everyone retreating back to the car and heading for the relative sand-free calm of home. But having a well-stocked bag for a day at the beach can alleviate all (okay, most) things that stand in the way of a fun day on the coast. In everyday life, a mother’s handbag is like a scene from Mary Poppins. A random assortment of items both useful (and not) that can solve almost any situation. So, how do we create the same effectiveness in a beach bag? At National Pharmacies, we’re parents, so we understand what’s needed to turn testing moments into happy ones. That’s why we’ve put together the products that we think are all worth some space in that massive beach sack. Sunscreen It’s an obvious one. But what’s worth noting is how much sunscreen formulas have changed. There are now more options available that can make tackling the regular sunscreen application to an impatient, wet, sandy child, far less stressful. Come and see our helpful staff and we’ll make sure you’re armed with what you need for your next beach adventure. Talcum Powder It’s a little-known fact that before getting back into the car, one of the best ways to remove sticky sand off little people is with talcum powder. Don’t knock it until you try it, a small container of inexpensive talc will soon be your beach #lifehack. Vaseline / Zinc cream If your children can’t get enough of the ocean, then the combination of salt water and bathers, boardshorts or rashies, can make chaffing a painful reality. It sounds strange, but Vaseline or zinc cream applied in those areas before the day begins can provide a barrier that will stop the problem before it begins. Children’s Pain Relief It’s little surprise that the combination of lots of running around, maybe not drinking enough water and high glare can bring on a headache. And if some time under the umbrella and a big dose of water doesn’t do the trick, having some handy pain relief can be a big help. Pain relief for children now comes in so many different formulas but our friendly staff can help make sure you have something that will suit everyone’s needs. Lip Balm / Zinc Lips are easily burnt and need protection so a tube of lip balm will prevent sunburn and also windburn. Another great option for kids that are reluctant to put on ‘lipstick’ is coloured zinc, which is fun and also a great way for you to know they have it on! Hydralyte Sachets of hydralyte are a smart way to keep little people hydrated – without them even realising. Sachets come in a range of great flavours and are easy to put into a bag and be added to drink bottles on the go. And before you head to the beach, consider putting some of the ready made Hydralyte icy poles in the freezer – perfect for giving the kids an extra hit of hydration when you get back home – added bonus, it’ll feel like a treat. So, there you have it! Our list of the obvious and not so obvious inclusions in a beach bag to help make beach life a breeze. We’ll now leave it up to you to collect the bathers, the rashies, the boogie boards, the hats, the thongs, the sunglasses, the snacks, the lunch, the goggles, the bucket, the spade, the sun shelter….. And enjoy summer with a little wisdom from National Pharmacies Edit

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