After a tumultuous couple of years for the travel industry, holidaymakers are eagerly awaiting their next sun-soaked break. Lots has changed during the pandemic, but the perennially popular island of Majorca in Spain is still very much in vogue and is braced to welcome back the swathes of tourists who have spent the last two years dreaming of brighter days.
Majorca tempts a vast range of tourists with all different tastes to its sandy shores, from the hedonistic party-goers to the young families looking to get away from it all. Whether you’re coming for the fishbowls or fish dishes, one thing all visitors can agree upon is any stay on the island isn’t complete without the odd beach day or five.
But any parents who have experienced a day at the beach on holiday with children will tell you it’s in fact no holiday at all if you’re ill-prepared. Give yourself a head start and ensure you can enjoy a (relatively) stress-free beach day by remembering to pack the following things.
At the risk of sounding like a nagging parent, don’t forget your sunscreen! A staple ingredient of any seaside sojourn, sunscreen is crucial in helping you enjoy your holiday safely, without constantly needing to seek out those shady spots. Whatever time of year you’re planning on heading to the island, you can expect to be greeted by long, sunny days and soaring temperatures.
Particularly in the summer months, temperatures will reach average highs of 29°C, and on some of the more exposed beaches, there may not be much shelter from the sun. But even during the cooler months through other times of the year, temperatures can still remain in the mid-teens, and you will be treated to a moderate amount of sunny days. If you’re planning on taking a dip in the alluring Mediterranean waters, be sure to stock up on waterproof sunscreen to keep yourselves and the children protected at all times.
Plenty of Water and Snacks
Majorca is home to a stunning collection of beaches, with sandy stretches dotted all around the island. But some of the most beautiful spots are slightly off the beaten track, and unfortunately, this means they’re not accompanied by a vast selection of restaurants or shops. When visiting these beaches in particular, it’s essential to bring along plenty of water and snacks to keep you hydrated and energized throughout the day.
For example, Cala d’es Moro is a local favorite situated in the lesser-trodden southeastern corner of the island. This natural beach is surrounded by rugged hills, and the turquoise waters are tailor-made for a snorkeling adventure, particularly on a calm day.
But while Cala d’es Moro has grown in popularity in recent years, there are still no facilities within arm’s length from the beach. If you’re exploring this beach or another of the many hidden sandy gems across the island, water and a picnic will be essential. If you really want to get into the holiday spirit, head to the beach via a local market, pick up some traditional treats and enjoy your beach day just like a local.
Holiday memories last a lifetime for both children and adults, and you’ll want to capture as many of the special moments that happen as possible. Having a camera or smartphone handy throughout your break is a useful tip,so you never miss a photo opportunity. But when it comes to the beaches of Majorca, the camera is simply a must-have accessory.
Most of the beaches in the more popular resorts will offer some water sports for the kids to try, and you’ll certainly want to snap the thrilling (and potentially embarrassing) shots of the kids learning a new skill. Why not take it one step further and test your photography skills underwater? Whether you’re embarking on a scuba diving adventure, or testing out your snorkeling kit a little closer to the shore, there is so much to see in the island’s enchanting waters.
Eels, octopi, scorpionfish, seafish and plenty more marine life are lurking beneath the surface, so take out your waterproof camera and see what you can see!
A beach umbrella or sun shelter
If you’re planning on spending a fair amount of time on the beach, it’s definitely worth considering investing in a beach umbrella or sun shelter to protect your kids from the harmful rays of the sun.
They’re usually pretty lightweight and easy to carry around, so they won’t take up too much space in your beach bag. And once you’ve found the perfect spot on the sand, they can be quickly assembled, giving you instant relief from the beating sun.
Beach umbrellas provide an excellent way to make sure everyone in the family can enjoy some quality beach time without having to worry about sunburn. And if you have younger kids, a sun shelter can also give you some extra peace of mind, as they can be used as a makeshift playpen, giving them a safe space to play while you kick back and relax.
Of course, no beach day is complete without a good old-fashioned beach towel. But when you’re packing for a family, it’s important to remember that one towel per person just isn’t going to cut it.
Kids are notoriously messy, so you’ll want to make sure you have at least a couple of beach towels for everyone in the family. As an added bonus, if you’re traveling with kids, they’ll love being able to have their own towel that’s just theirs.
Make sure to choose lightweight beach towels that are quick-drying and super absorbent. And if you want to make things even easier, look for towels that come with a built-in bag or hook, so you can easily carry them to and from the beach without having to fumble around in your bag.
A First-Aid Kit
No matter where you’re spending your holiday, it’s always a good idea to pack a small first-aid kit. But when you’re heading to the beach with kids in tow, a first-aid kit is an absolute essential.
From minor cuts and scrapes to more serious accidents, there’s always the potential for something to go wrong when you’re at the beach. So it’s always better to be safe than sorry and have a first-aid kit on hand, just in case.
Your first-aid kit doesn’t need to be anything fancy, but at the very least, make sure it includes bandages, antiseptic wipes and pain relief medication.
A Cooler Bag
If you’re planning on spending a few hours at the beach, chances are you’re going to get pretty hungry. And while there are usually plenty of food options available at the beach, it can be expensive (and not always that healthy). A much better option is to pack your own snacks and drinks.
There are plenty of great beach-friendly cooler bags on the market these days, so you shouldn’t have any trouble finding something that suits your needs. A good cooler bag will keep your food and drinks nice and cold for hours, making it the perfect way to save money while still having a tasty beach lunch.
So be sure to pack a beach-friendly cooler bag, along with plenty of snacks and drinks, before heading out to the beach with your family. You’ll be glad you did!
A beach day with the kids in Majorca is the perfect opportunity to relax, soak up some sun and enjoy quality time together as a family. But to ensure you have the best possible day, it’s important to pack everything you need ahead of time. Some key items to consider packing include a beach umbrella or sun shelter, beach towels, a first-aid kit, and a cooler bag with snacks and drinks. With these essentials in your beach bag, you can rest assured that your family will have a fun and safe day at the beach. So what are you waiting for? Pack up your bag and get ready to enjoy a day of sun, sand, and fun!