I don’t know about you guys, but I am a dedicated beach bum. I grew up on Long Island, 15 minutes from the ocean, and I’ve been spending my summers on the beach since I was a tiny baby. I’m more comfortable in laying on a blanket in the sand in a bikini than I am anywhere else. During the summer (well, really anytime of the year), there is nowhere I would rather be than on the beach, listening to the waves and basking in the sun.
Because I’ve been doing this since before I can remember, I’ve kind of become a pro at packing the perfect beach bag. I know exactly what is needed to survive a long, hot day by the ocean (or the lake, or even a pool). So, I’m here to offer my services to you! If you play on spending at least a few days of your summer hanging in a bathing suit, then you need to bring the right items along with you. Here are 15 beach bag essentials you need for the perfect sunny day:
Frankie's On The Park Beachcomber BagThe first thing you need, obviously, is a great beach bag. Pick one that's big enough to hold your accessories, along with a towel, but not so big that it's uncomfortable to carry. I also like to get bags that I don't mind getting wet, just in case. You want something that can stand the elements. I love this Frankie's On The Park bag - it's summery, cute, large enough to carry a lot of stuff, and easy to hold. I also love that it has a drawstring top. A lot of beach bags are just open, which makes it easier for stuff to fall out and get lost in the sand. You can buy this from Frankie's On the Park for $46
Say Yes To Coconut Cleansing WipesThis year, Say Yes To is releasing a new coconut line - it will be available in drugstores in July. I got to test out some of the products, and they are AMAZING. I love the scent of coconut, especially for summer. These cleansing wipes are perfect for the beach. Not only will they remove gross dirt and sweat, they're also cooling when you're feeling super hot and need relief. And did I mention they smell great? Because they do. These will be available in stores in July
The Mehari BlanketIf you're planning on going in the water, you need to bring a towel to the beach. But even though I always bring a towel, I like to bring a blanket along as well. They're nicer to lay on, and usually larger. I'm obsessed with this Mehair blanket. It's big enough for more than one person, it's so light, and it's just really pretty. And you can use it so many other places than just the beach! Oh, and it was handmade in Ethiopia. Buying it helps create sustainable business in Africa! You can buy this from FashionABLE for $78
H2O Plus Total Source UV Defense Fluid SPF 50 PA+++Good sunscreen is an absolute must for the beach. You need something that is going to protect you! I love this H2O sunscreen because it's also light enough to wear every day, under your makeup. It's a weightless fluid that absorbs quickly into your skin so that you don't look like you have sunscreen on. Besides protecting you against harmful UVA and UVB rays, it also helps firm, brighten and nourish your skin. It's a little pricey, but good sunscreen is worth it. You can buy this from H2OPlus.com for $65
Say Yes To Cucumber SunscreenIf you don't want to use SPF 50 to reapply, go for SPF 30. I love this one. The cucumber scent is so refreshing, and it's very cooling on your hot skin. It goes on really easily and leaves you smelling fresh and yummy. You can buy this at drugstores nationwide!
BC Bonacure Sun Protect SprayThe sun is really, really damaging to your hair. It can make it change color, dry it out, and make it brittle. A lot of people forget to protect their hair and only focus on their skin, and then they pay for it later. Use this BC Bonacure Sun Protect Spray whenever you're at the beach. It's a waterproof oil that will protect you from harmful UV rays and makes color stay. It's also shimmery! It makes your hair sparkle. I love it! You can buy this for $22.99
JOYN PouchI learned that hard way that sand can ruin just about anything... especially your precious phone or camera. I started carrying a little pouch in my bigger beach bag to keep smaller, more delicate items safe from the sand. I put my phone, chapstick, and money in there. I am obsessed with this little JOYN pouch. The pattern is so pretty, and it's the perfect size. Plus, the entire line is handmade by artisans. You can buy this from JoynIndia.com for $16
Essence Of Beauty Body MistAfter you leave the beach, you're going to smell like suntan lotion, salt water, and sweat. Not the best combination, especially if you're going somewhere afterwards and don't have time for a shower. Throw one of these Essence of Beauty body mists into your bag. They have very light scents that are pretty without being over-powering, so they're perfect for summer. Spritz yourself to feel and smell fresh. You can buy these from CVS for $9.99 for a set
Laura Mercier Tinted MoisturizerI'm not big on the idea of wearing makeup to the beach. I just don't think it's necessary. But I make an exception for this Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. First of all, it has an SPF of 20, so it's great to use as a little extra protection. Second, it gives you a nice little bronzed tint. It's very easy to wear and moisturizes as well as covering up small blemishes. I wear mine everyday under my makeup instead of foundation in the summer. You can buy this from Sephora for $43
Nyakio Hydrating Lip BalmThe sun can quickly dry out your lips, leaving them feeling chapped and uncomfortable. Combat that annoying feeling by using Nyakio Hydrating Lip Balm. It feels AMAZING, and I like it's fresh scent. It also has the cutest packaging! It's made with all sorts of yummy ingredients like honey, kola nut, and other oils. You can buy this from Nyakio for $20
Oribe Surfcomber MousseI've written about Oribe products before - I love them. I especially love this Surfcomber Mousse, which is perfect to put in your hair after a day at the beach. It helps your natural beach waves right along while also making your hair smell delicious. The travel size is so easy to carry around. Just scrunch it into wet hair and wait for the beautiful waves that will definitely come. You can buy this from Oribe for $21.50
Victoria's Secret PINK LotionI don't know about you guys, but my hands and feet always get so dry at the beach, and I hate it. It drives me crazy! I always make sure to bring lotion with me. I love the scents from Victoria's Secret PINK line - and it doesn't hurt that the bottles are adorable. You can buy this from Victoria's Secret for $15
SunglassesYou obviously need a good pair of sunglasses at the beach. How else will you be able to see anything?! I am currently obsessed with Ray-Ban aviators. They go with everything, they're a classic, they look great, and they really do protect you from the sun. This summer, I'm really into the mirrored flash lenses - they're so fun! If this is too expensive for you, you can get $5 sunglasses literally anywhere that will work. But I feel like Ray-Bans are typically a good investment. You can buy these from Ray Bans for $170
Sol Republic x Motorola DECK Wireless SpeakerGUYS. If you have money to buy this speaker, please do it. Or ask for it as a gift. It's awesome! It's a portable wireless speaker that allows up to five people to control the music at once. It is small enough to fit in any larger bag, and it's not heavy at all. It also comes in a bunch of really cool colors, and the sound is great. It's perfect for a beach day, or any day, really. You can buy this from Sol Republic for $199.99
Gina Made It Turban HeadbandI hate when my hair is in my face at the beach, but sometimes I don't want to pull it all up. I love this headband for the beach, which looks like a little turban wrapped around your head. It's so stylish and keeps my bangs off my forehead. It's also great if you want extra protection from the sun on your hair. You can buy this here
Do you love the beach? What do you bring when you go? Which of these products are you going to buy? Tell me in the comments!