Bring a Sand-Free Beach Bag
No, seriously, sand removal is a big issue when you have kids . . . and despite your best efforts at getting the sand off everything, you will fail miserably. And let's face it, no one else cares about getting all the sand off stuff before putting it into the bag as much as you. So get a mesh bag like this Family Beach Tote ($38) for all your gear — and just give it a few shakes at the end of the day, and the sand will fall out!
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