Hi ladies! Is summer vacation calling your name? Got your eye on a far-off island paradise that you’re hoping to jet off to in the coming months? Or maybe you’re simply hoping to take a drive down to the local beach for the upcoming fourth of July weekend. Summer is always such a great time to be traveling, no matter how far you may roam. And if you’ve got a bad case of wanderlust that only a trip to the beach can cure, then it may be time to strap on your comfortable summer sandals, and catch some rays on the sandy shores.
One of the most fun aspects of planning for an oceanside trip is packing your trusty beach bag full of all the essentials you’ll need for a fun day (or week!) at the beach. So what’s in our bag? Take a look! Here’s our top ten favorite beachside essentials that we absolutely can’t live without!
The Right Bag
Let’s start with the bag itself! First of all, it’s got to be roomy enough to tote around all the stuff you plan to bring with you. Bags with compartments are especially great because they keep us all organized! And secondly, it’s gotta be cute! We’re currently in love with rich, woven bags with interesting textures and sturdy constructions. Not only will they withstand whatever you throw at them, they also make a great accessory for your beachside look!
Some Stylish Shades
Speaking of accessories, we can’t live without fun, stylish shades. Polarized lenses are an absolute must if you want to protect your eyes from the harsh rays of the sun. Aside from that, the choice is yours! If you’re looking to stay on trend, be sure to invest in a pair of colorful, tinted lenses. Deep pinks and rich purples are our personal faves. You’ll literally be seeing the world through rose-colored glasses!
A Bottle of Sunscreen
Don’t forget to also protect your skin from the sun! There are so many great sunscreens on the market today. We especially love facial lotions that double as SPF protection. Just apply them in the morning with your regular skincare routine, and you’ll be ready for a full day at the beach. After protecting your face, take special care to guard the rest of your body. Look for long-lasting waterproof lotions that absorb easily into the skin. Bonus points if it also smells good!
A Chic Bikini
A day at the beach isn’t complete without absolutely adorable bikini. Playful patterns and cute colors are always a plus, but nothing says chic quite like a neutral toned two-piece. Want to show off your tan? You can’t go wrong with white!
Frayed, cut-offs, or even high waisted - we can’t get enough of denim shorts! Wear them as a cover-up as you head toward the shore, and carry them in your bag on the way back to your hotel.
A Good Book
Been meaning to read, but don’t have the time? Pack your book and hit the beach! The ocean waves and sunny skies are the perfect backdrop for getting lost in a good novel.
A Fashion Mag
Alternatively, if getting into that chapter book feels a bit too daunting for your lazy beach day, snag a fun fashion mag to thumb through instead. Magazines make great beachside reads!
A Big Towel
When it comes to beach towels, the bigger, the better! It feels great to wrap yourself up in a comfy towel after taking a dip in the ocean. And they’re perfect for laying out on the sand.
A Healthy Snack
When hunger strikes, be prepared! Consider healthy alternatives to the popular beachside snacks, like dried cranberries, trail mix, or granola bars.
Comfortable Casual Sandals
Last but not least, you’ll want to bring along the perfect pair of beach day sandals. Consider the Kailani – a flat thong sandal with an adjustable ankle strap. These stylish sandals come in several shades – from chic metallic Silver to the classic Black – so you’ll always have the perfect color to finish off your beach look. Best of all, they’re comfortable enough to wear from the beach to the boardwalk, and everywhere in between!
So what’s in your beach bag? Are there any beachside essentials that we completely missed? Be sure to let us know your favorites in the comments down below!
Happy beach day!