Nothing’s better than a perfect day at the beach. The sand in your toes, the sun on your skin, the sound of the waves breaking on the shore while you’re surrounded by good people and conversation. The only thing that can ruin a good beach day is forgetting your beach essentials. Missing a critical item can put a damper on any beach day. Here are a few of my beach day essentials.
Beach Bag: Currently, I’m using a Vera Bradley bag I received as a gift. While I’m not a huge fan of Vera Bradley, I do LOVE this bag for the beach. It’s a huge bag with pockets all along the inside that is great for holding my phone, sunscreen, wallet, keys and everything else.
Towel: I always bring two towels to the beach; one to lay on and one to use post swimming or as a pillow.
Sunglasses: Gotta keep the sun out of your eyes. Right now I’m sporting a pair of Kate Spade cat-eye sunnies that two of my food friends got me for my birthday a few years back.
Sunscreen: I always reach for a higher SPF, think SPF 30 and above. Tiny Tip: Apply sunscreen 30minutes to an hour before you head to the beach, and it will help prevent sunburn better than applying sunscreen when you get to the beach. Plus make sure you re-apply constantly.
Baby Powder: This is a must to get rid of the stubborn sand that sticks to you throughout the day.
H20: It’s always critical to stay hydrated at the beach especially when the heat and humidity get super high.
Book/Magazine: Nothings better than a good trashy beach read. I can get bored easy at the beach but bringing good reading material to get lost in makes the time pass super fast.
Coverup: I’m the queen of the coverup, and I don’t mean makeup. I always bring a shirt or long dress to throw on at the beach in case I’m getting too much sun and need a break.
Facial Mist: Facial Mist is a great way to cool off during the day. I keep mine in the cooler and spritz on when I get a little too toasty. It’s an easy way to refresh yourself without taking a dip in the ocean.
Hair Tie/Clip: I always need to have my hair up at the beach if not its gets super messy and gross from the heat and wind. I tend to go for a messy topknot or a side braid for beach days. Nothing fancy but I always keep an extra hair tie or clip in my bag for emergencies.
Lip balm: My lips tend to get super chapped from the salt and the heat at the beach, so I like to keep a nice SPF filled lip balm in my bag.
What are your beach day essentials?