Going to the beach can be a bit like prepping for disaster. You want to make sure you don’t overheat, have enough sunblock to prevent you from roasting in the sun and all the ice cold water you’re beach tote can carry so you don’t dehydrate. Here are a few items that should be in your beach bag!
Before you can start packing, you need a bag! Choose a large tote that is light in texture and easy to wash. You shouldn’t splurge on your beach bag because it can get easily ruined by the elements (sand and water). Instead, opt for an inexpensive nautical bag like Forever 21’s High Seas Tote Bag, $20.80 on Forever21.com.
A large, oversized towel is a must for a long day at the beach. Grab a towel that reflects your own personal style. And if you don’t want to purchase a towel specifically for the beach, just grab one out of your linen closet! I personally like Sonoma Life and Style Shell Beach Towel, $16.99, available at Kohls.com.
A loose coverup can do wonders during a scorcher on the beach. Pack or wear one to the beach if you feel like you are getting too much sun. Victoria’s Secret has tons of cute coverups like the one below, $33.50, VictoriasSecret.com.
You’ve heard it time and time again; the sun damages your skin and can cause cancer. Applying sunblock takes all of three minutes to do so don’t skimp on this important step! Opt for a high SPF like Banana Boat Sport Performance Continuous Spray, $10.49 on Walgreens.com, to steer clear of a bad sunburn.
A super chic pair of shades is a must to protect your eyes. Did you know that you can get melanoma in your eyes? It’s a scary fact but you can protect yourself and look great at the same time by wearing a pair. Urban Outfitters Death By Stud Cat-Eye Sunglasses, $16.00 on UrbanOutfitters.com, will protect your peepers and keep you looking fabulous throughout the summer months!
Big floppy hats are all the rage this season and you’ve got a perfect reason to wear one! It can be difficult to protect your scalp from sunburn so put on a hat to protect your head and tresses! Stop by Forever 21 for a stylish hat that won’t burn a hole in your wallet. The Striped Floppy Hat, $13.80 is affordable and cute!
A good read is almost as important as the bathing suit you’re wearing. I am so excited to get my hands on the newest summer novel On the Island. It’s about a guy and a girl who are stranded on an island and slowly fall in love- a total must read if you were a Lost fan. Out in stores July 10th.
Want to have a little bit of fun on the beach with your friends? Pack a frisbee and have an ultimate frisbee competition! This cheap thrill can run you a mere $2.00 so don’t forget to grab one at your local store!
What do you put in your beach bag? Is there one item that you can’t go to the beach without? Sound off here!