How to Enjoy Beach Travel with Toddlers on a Budget


Family Having Fun On BeachHave you done it yet? Have I done what Clearissa? I hear ya, I’ll get on with it. J I am going to write this article from the perspective of a grandparent because that’s what I am, a very proud grandma. They call me MiMi…don’t you love it?

If you follow my blog, you must know by now, that my daughter, of whom I am most proud, is a single parent and a middle school teacher. She’s a wonderful mother and I am very proud. However, she is one. We are a small family, I am an only child and my daughter is an only child and until 3 years ago, my now 15-year-old granddaughter was an only child. Well along came our new joy. The first boy and a new baby into our small clan. Needless to say, he wears us out and brings lots of joy.

Well my granddaughter is a wonderful big sister and she helps her mother like crazy, but everybody needs a break sometimes…right? Well, hubs and I decided to give them a summer present and we took the little joy/terror to the beach with us for a week. Oh happy day, both mom and big sis did a happy dance. They could have some girl time and get to miss the little one.

Hubs and I both thoroughly enjoyed him, but he did change our time management and activity list for the week. With my granddaughter being 15, I had totally forgotten what it’s like to take toddlers on a prolonged vacation. So I decided to bring you along for the ride and hopefully help you plan better if/when you do the same

The Steps I took:

Food Preparation-

We are partial to Myrtle Beach. We love the calabash style seafood and we also love the relaxed atmosphere. For hubs and me it’s just perfect. We are not looking for a party. But remember we were taking a 3-year-old with us. Not a calm little 3-year-old girl but a 3-year-old rambunctious little boy. Usually his mom and big sis were with us and we all 4 chipped in. Not this time. J

I started preparing two weeks in advance. I decided we could not just grab a quick biscuit or piece of fruit for breakfast this time around. No, I had to make sure a happy tummy was part of the plan. So to prepare, I did this:

  • Shopped for mostly breakfast, lunch and snack items
    • Cheerios
    • Almond milk (purchased upon arrival at the beach)
    • Bacon
    • Eggs (purchased upon arrival at the beach)
    • Grits
    • Bread for toast & sandwiches
    • Fresh strawberries (purchased upon arrival at the beach)
    • Fresh grapes (purchased upon arrival at the beach)
    • Fresh watermelon (purchased upon arrival at the beach)
    • Peanut butter & jelly
    • Sliced deli turkey (purchased upon arrival at the beach)
    • Sliced cheese (purchased upon arrival at the beach)
    • Lettuce (purchased upon arrival at the beach)
    • Tomatoes (purchased upon arrival at the beach)
    • Cucumbers (purchased upon arrival at the beach)
    • Popsicles (you know the ones in the bag that you freeze. Cheap and kids love them. Easy travel)
    • Travel sized condiments
    • Lots of juice (3 large jugs) (purchased upon arrival at the beach)
      • Mayo
      • Mustard
      • Butter
      • Canola oil
    • Chips
    • Cookies
    • Because we beach a lot, some travel staples remain on hand (salt, pepper, etc.)
    • Total spent – $63.00
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I am a lifestyle blogger with an emphasis on organization and redesign. I am a professional and personal organization consultant with a flare for design on a dime. There are times however, when I delve into the realm of love, life, family, friendships, feelings, fantasy and the reality of life. My website is a conglomerate which includes, Divinely Organized – Professional & Personal Organization & Redesign, Customized Virtual Business Solutions (CVBS) – a full service virtual assistant business, and Clearissa’s Avon Boutique – a 24/7 shop till you drop skin care/glam site where the focus is on looking and feeling good. I also often metamorphosis into My Soulful Life where feelings and not facts are at the forefront. Although there are several tendrils to my business, they are all centered around living well, uncluttered, successful and a feel good life. I am blogging about my passions. Join me on my journey at Clearissa Cowards’ Command Center…


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