A family beach trip with kids sounds like the perfect summer outing ... in theory. The reality involves packing tons of gear and snacks, struggling to slather squirmy kids in sunscreen, and lots of sand, of course -- getting everywhere from your sandwich to your sandals.

There has to be an easier way, right? Turns out, there is! Try following a few of these 10 smart, parent-approved beach hacks to cut down on the stress of a family beach trip and enjoy all the benefits with far fewer hassles.

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