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Ever since we went into lockdown over a year ago, the beach has been our family’s place of solace and respite. When we couldn’t take the kids anywhere, we were lucky to have the huge outdoor playground of the beach just around the corner from our house, where they could run around, enjoy the fresh air and of course, tucker themselves out for a good night’s sleep!

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Heading to the beach with kids means carrying way more stuff than I ever imagined pre-kids. From the umbrella and towels and toys to the snacks, drinks and change of clothes, we’re pretty loaded down; fortunately, we’ve got our beach routine figured out these days. But one thing we’ve recently added to our beach arsenal: the Ballast Beach Pillow. Fortunately, it’s super lightweight and takes up very little room in our already overstuffed beach bag. (Thanks to the Ballast Beach Pillow team for sending one for us to try out first-hand.)

The Ballast Beach Pillow is an inflatable pillow that makes relaxing at the beach easier and more comfortable. It’s made with a soft, weather-resistant fabric that wicks away water and sand brushes right off. It has a soft padded top to make it extra comfy and comes with a carrying case so you can keep it clean and dry when you’re taking it to and from the beach. It’s perfect for when this mom needs to relax and leaves Dad to supervise the kids searching for sand crabs and building sandcastles.


The Ballast Beach Pillow won’t blow away, you just fill the pouch with sand to weigh it down, and you can adjust the firmness of the pillow by how much air you inflate it with. It can also attach to your beach chair or pool lounger.

It’s easy to inflate and looks good, too, making it the perfect accessory for a day at the beach. It also makes a great gift for anyone who lives near the beach or who’s planning a beach vacation. Available here on Amazon.

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