Embarking on a family beach vacation is a great way to create memories that will last a lifetime. Before you depart for your spectacular experience in Gulf Shores, you will have to pack up some of the comforts of home you need for the trip. Although a rental unit will have some of the must-haves, there are a few extras that can make traveling with a young family a breeze, and you will want to take these objects to your temporary home. 

Here are three things you should never leave without when you are vacationing with young children:

Beach accessories

You and your family can have a great, stress-free vacation with the help of a few simple tips.When your vacation home is right near the coast, there's a good chance you'll spend a lot of time at the beach. Your kids probably need a few accessories to stay happy on the sandy shores of the Gulf Coast. Consider packing things like a beach umbrella and hats to protect them from the sun, as well as plenty of toys for building sand castles or swimming in the water.

Comfortable beach chairs or large towels are also must-haves if you're looking to make your time on the sand as enjoyable as possible. When you rent a property on the beach, trips to the very edge of the coastline are easy, as there are many Gulf-facing Gulf Shores beach houses that are right on the shore. 

Baby wipes

Baby wipes can be used in a variety of ways that go far beyond changing diapers. They are perfect for wiping up messes on the go, cleaning off children's sticky hands or removing sand from your belongings or your body upon returning from the beach. Keep a box of these extras nearby in Gulf Shores rentals. Travel-sized packs that are designed to be tossed in a beach bag or stored in a car's glove compartment are also wise investments for vacationers who want to be ready for anything. 

First aid kit

Minor scrapes, mosquito bites and various bumps or bruises are an unavoidable part of raising kids. These small hiccups won't interrupt your vacation if you bring along a first aid kit packed with everything you need to deal with the issues as they arise. 

The first aid kit should be packed with all of basics that you typically need for trips with the kids, as well as a few other products catered to your stay in Gulf Shores. Go-to items like waterproof sunscreen and aloe vera gel can prevent and soothe any redness caused by the sun. Including instant cold packs or freezable gel packs may also be a big help, as they are ideal for cooling down sunburned skin or relieving pain caused by any type of sprain, bruise or bump. Swimmer's ear drops can relief the annoying sensation that comes about from being underwater too long, while bug spray and anti-itch cream can come in handy if you're hiking and run into some unwelcome critters. It is also a good idea to include a bit of vinegar in the kit. This liquid is ideal for rinsing stings from jellyfish and can provide relief from the pain. 

Although there's a good chance you won't encounter any problems during your idyllic stay at Gulf Shores vacation rentals, having these items just in case can ease your mind and allow you to relax.