Packed your beach bag yet? I remember the days when I would go to the beach all day with my parents. My Mom always had sunscreen, magazines, food, drink, sunglasses, hat, and all the staples in her beach bag. The bag seemed neverending! Well we put together 12 beach bag essentials for your summer beach trips.
The summer means beach weather and that’s exciting, but it also means you need to be prepared. Here are 12 must haves in your bag before you head to the beach.
Our Summer Beach Bag Packing List
1. Wet Bag for Wet Bathing Suits
Smart Travel suggests a wet bag to keep the wet clothes away from everything you want to keep dry. This would have been super helpful for me last summer when I drove home from the beach in a wet suit! You can find a monogrammed version of the wet clothes bag pictured here on Etsy.
2. Insulated Bag to Keep Things Cool
You need something that keeps your temperature sensitive items like your medication and your smartphone cool. Hours in the sun can cause medication to go bad smartphones to break. You can find a small insulated bag here on Etsy.
3. Microfiber Towel
A towel is an essential no matter what, but a microfiber towel is especially good because it dries quickly and it’s thin and therefore compact in your bag. You can find one pictured here on Etsy.
Summer Beach Bag Must Haves
4. High SPF Sunscreen
5. Waterproof Battery Charger
You want to make sure those electronics stay fully charged so you can play your tunes while sunbathing, or catch up with your friends after catching a few rays. That’s why Travel and Leisure suggests a waterproof battery recharger.
Hula Land Blog suggests a pair of UV sunglasses. Just make sure they’re fairly inexpensive so you’re not heartbroken if they get stepped on or lost.
A pair of flip flops can be invaluable on the beach. As My Domaine points out, they take up very little room in your beach bag, plus you don’t have to worry about them getting them sandy because that’s what they’re made for. You can get some easy to wash ones like the monogrammed ones above here on Etsy.
8. Water Bottle
Blogger Dana Vento places a water bottle high on her list of essential beach items. It’s understandable; the last thing you want after spending a day in the sun is heatstroke or worse. Staying hydrated is key, especially in the summer.
If you need a new one, you can find one like the above with the markings for hours in the day here on Etsy. You’ll never forget to drink water again!
9. A Good Beach Read
Whether it’s a good book or a magazine you’re looking to flip through, something to read is important during a day at the beach. The Rockettes suggest you pick up something you love and then kick up those heels and start reading.
Summer Beach Bag Gift Ideas
10. Beach Hat
A good beach hat is an essential in your beach bag. Not only does it protect your face and neck from the sun’s harmful rays, but also your scalp. You can find the great one pictured that is personalized here on Etsy.
11. Change of Clothes
Somehow it seems like no matter what you do your clothes are too wet or too sandy to wear all the way home. That’s why The World Pursuit considers a change of clothes to be an essential beach bag item.
More Summer Beach Bag Essentials
12. Smart Snacks
It’s important to keep your energy up on the beach, but you also don’t want to feel dragged down by food. That’s why the blog Well and Good suggests snacks like fresh or dried fruit or protein bars. Items that will fill you up without making you feel full.
It also helps to have snacks that don’t have to be refrigerated! I grew up having sandwiches at the beach but a hot bologna and cheese sandwich after sitting in a bag for a few hours didn’t taste good. Similarly, hot soda cans weren’t great either. If you can bring a cooler that’s great but if you can’t – try to stick with things that don’t have to be refrigerated like these nuts! And also, remember that food from the beach ultimately gets sandy so avoid anything that will get too sandy too!
What’s on your summer beach bag packing list?
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