This weekend is going to be a super special one for us for a few reasons. First, it’s the first time our family has gone away with 4 children instead of only 3! Second, we’re going to Gulf County which is on the Gulf of Mexico and – though I’ve lived 30 miles from the Gulf much of my life, I’ve never been there! Third, well… who doesn’t love a beach trip?
I get emailed opportunities through the blog often and most I turn down, but when this one came into my inbox I just really wanted to say yes for my family. And for those of you who hear all about the Florida beaches and want to know where the best destinations are without tons of tourists. Because who wants to go to the beach and end up in a concrete shopping jungle? So… first of all let’s talk packing.
I’ve written before on preparing to travel with a baby and how to travel organized. I’ve managed to pack all 6 of our clothes for the long weekend in a small carry on. One small carry on. This doesn’t include the bathing suits and towels, etc. but I made you a video just so you can see. I hate over packing and usually use less than what I brought even when I pack minimal, so if you’re an over-packer then behold…
Packing + Beach Hacks
- Baby powder. If your kids are a bit anti sand, put baby powder right on the sand and it’ll help it wipe right off.
- Ziploc bags. You’ll notice I packed their clothes in bags and this is twofold. One it helps it pack righter and also it gives you somewhere to put wet clothes instead of getting everything else in your beach bag sopping wet.
- Jelly fish stings. Rub water and sand on the sting to get the stingers out.
- Store technology. Use those ziploc bags you brought to store phones, cameras, keys, etc. in the beach bag so they don’t get sandy.
- Water in your ears? You can use an over the counter solution, blow out of a balloon (yes really) or even pour some rubbing alcohol into your kids’ ears after a full afternoon swimming.
White sandy beaches
So Gulf County is known for its beautiful beaches, outdoor opportunities, and simple activities for the family. If you like doings like hiking, kayaking, boating, fishing, and laying out on a beach with white sand (hello!) then this is a great destination. They asked what things we’d like to do and even though my kids are still young we’ve narrowed it down to boating, seeing (and hopefully swimming with if that’s possible this weekend) dolphins, and going shelling together. That plus building sandcastles, eating some shellfish (my kids love crab!), and doing a lot of swimming.
Boating, snorkeling, and swimming
So I’ve been perusing the photos from what Gulf County has to offer, and I liked these! They’ve put together a Gulf County Adventure Guide for those who are traveling to their area, and the kids and I had a good time looking through all the photos and options. Weather permitting, they’ve planned a fishing trip for us and a sunset excursion with dolphins. That’s the part I’m most excited about, to be honest. That and getting some sand time in. The picture below is someone scalloping and, while I’ve never been scalloping, I do like to eat them. ;)
Gulf County is in the Florida Panhandle and has the white sand and beautiful water characteristic of the Gulf of Mexico. Having grown up with Seaside and Sandestin as my local beaches, this is only another hour or so south from that. I am so excited to escape to the beach and away from people and traffic instead of escaping to the beach and being stuck in even more traffic!
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