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Do I need a beach shelter/sunshade?

Postby Lily » 19 May 2016, 18:27

We're going to the Cote Vermeille this summer (the bit of France just round the corner from Barcelona). It will be the first proper beach holiday we've done with kids and I'm not really sure what we need, and what will just be useless extra weight.

Specifically, do I need to buy a sunshade or shelter? I'm thinking of one of those UV-proof tent or awning things. The local beaches are not very commercial, not the kind of place where you can rent an umbrella, so it's that or nothing. Obviously the kids will have hats, rash vests etc, and will likely be off paddling and rock pooling a lot, so will I regret buying one?

And is there anything else I need that I won't have thought of?
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Re: Do I need a beach shelter/sunshade?

Postby StJuniper » 19 May 2016, 18:50

I'm always glad for shade at the beach. I wouldn't think you'd regret buying it.
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Re: Do I need a beach shelter/sunshade?

Postby Cofa's Tree » 19 May 2016, 19:07

We've got one that we can all sit in (on the floor) and we've used it loads...partly because us adults both burn easily so it's for us as much as for the kids! It's currently on its last legs with one of the poles broken - if our holidays don't clash then you'd be more than welcome to borrow it, but it may have its final day at any moment so you might want your own/a more reliable option!
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Re: Do I need a beach shelter/sunshade?

Postby qbm » 19 May 2016, 19:08

Not sure what else you'd need but I echo what StJ says. We also use the wee sun tent we picked up last summer in the garden regularly (well, as regularly as we get sun here in Scotland).
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Re: Do I need a beach shelter/sunshade?

Postby mamapup » 19 May 2016, 20:00

Argh, just lost my reply.

Basically said, I wouldn't bother with a sun tent thing as they're super hot. We find all those bits to be dead weight. I know little Croc is a bit bigger than Bea but we never really used them. We ensure sun lotion, hats, lots of water and access to lollies. If little Croc gets tired we lie her on a towel with another one over her for shade. Seems to have worked well.

And ensure implements for sand digging. We're in the south of France right now and there's been a lot of digging!
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Re: Do I need a beach shelter/sunshade?

Postby Lily » 20 May 2016, 13:30

Thanks everyone! We were thinking the raised awning kind rather than the tent kind, to allow more of a breeze; maybe I'll get one anyway for use at home, and see how we're getting on with weight allowances when we come to pack. I tend to travel very light so hopefully there'll be room.

Digging implements definitely on the packing list!

Hope you're having fun mp. I can't wait for my hol, a month in France, first time we've been abroad since B was born.
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Re: Do I need a beach shelter/sunshade?

Postby mamapup » 20 May 2016, 17:07

It's been fabulous. We are all gutted that we have to leave tomorrow. The kids have been on amazing form. Clearly good weather, beaches and amazing food agrees with us as a family!

Hope you also have a wonderful trip. A month, wow.
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Re: Do I need a beach shelter/sunshade?

Postby qbm » 20 May 2016, 17:13

Ours is completely open at one side so doesn't get hot at all. Ours has a pole though which is a bit more of a faff (marginally) than having a pop up one.
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Re: Do I need a beach shelter/sunshade?

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