Your bag is all packed and you’re ready to go. You and your best friend are ready for some sun, sand, and surf. It doesn’t get better than this. But wait… just when you thought you packed everything, you realized you totally forgot that one beach day essential. Nothing ruins your perfect beach day like forgetting sunglasses, extra sunscreen, or worst of all—your beach towel. Always check this list of essentials before hitting the beach so you can make sure you absolutely don’t forget a single thing!
Did you know that most visible side effects of aging like, wrinkles, sallow skin, and fine lines are caused by sun damage? You don’t have to crawl into a hole to never come out again just to avoid wrinkles. In fact, regular doses of sun can have amazing and positive side effects to your overall health. So, what better way to get some sun than by going to the beach? However, if you do plan on being out in the sun all day, putting on sunscreen is a must. However, you can’t just put it on in the morning and expect to be good all day. That’s why it’s important to have some back up sunscreen in your beach bag. Remember to reapply every couple of hours to make sure you’re protected from potential sun damage from getting burnt.
2. Cute Sunglasses
No outfit is complete without the perfect pair of sunglasses. Yes, even the chicest women’s tankini swimwear isn’t a complete look until you add some fun shades to the mix. To avoid forgetting your shades, always keep a spare in your beach bag. Sunglasses do more than just complete your look. They can also protect your eyes against the sun and its damaging UV rays. Plus, who wants to be squinting in pain all day when you’re trying to relax?
3. An Umbrella
Of course, the whole purpose of coming to the beach is to get some sun. But if you want to stay at the beach for longer than 20 minutes, you’re definitely going to want to bring an umbrella. The sun can be very unforgiving, especially when it’s reflecting off the surface of the sand. Having an umbrella with you is an easy way to find some brief relief from the sun’s rays. With a beach umbrella, you don’t have to pack it all up and head home the moment you start to get uncomfortably hot. Relax under your umbrella and enjoy your beach for a few more hours.
4. The Perfect Bag
You can’t be expected to carry all of these things without the perfect bag. A great beach tote should be able to hold your sunnies, sunscreen, your towel, books and magazines, a spare outfit, and more. The purpose of these tote bags is to be able to bring everything from your car to the beach in one trip. Look for a tote in a light color and one made from a natural fiber to avoid bringing back half the beach on the exterior of your bag.
5. Beach Towel
This probably seems like a given but you’d be surprised at how often and how easy it is to forget your beach towel. Your towel can be big enough to share or small enough just for you. Look for something in a bright, fabulous color scheme so it’s easy to spot from afar. Plus, a fun beach towel can be the perfect ice breaker for conversation with that cutie you’ve had your eye on from across the way. With the right tote bag, you can easily fit your towel in so you’ll never forget it again.
Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink. Surprisingly, laying out and doing nothing can make you pretty thirsty. But none of that ocean water is going to do you any good when you need a drink of something cool. Don’t forget your water bottle before hitting the beach. Staying hydrated while laying out or playing a game of beach volleyball will keep you from fainting or feeling ill from sun poisoning. Also, drinking lots of water is just good for your health in general. So, no harm, no foul. Skip the store-bought plastic water bottles and fill that reusable water bottle up and toss it in your bag.
7. A Cute Cover-Up
A cover up is perfect for those days you don’t want to plan a whole outfit separate from your beach look. Just throw it on and go! They’re easy to get on and take off and they’re always super cute. You can even wear a beach cover up to a café or deli when you and your BFF get hungry and need more snacks!
Planning your perfect beach day is easy when you know exactly what to bring. With this list of beach day essentials, you’ll always remember everything you need to make the day absolutely, positively perfect. From sunscreen to cover ups and everything in between, you’re guaranteed to have a great time every time you decide to soak up the sun, sand, and surf. Have a beachin’ day!
Author Bio: Carolyn Clarke is a freelance writer and fashion enthusiast based in Los Angeles, CA. In addition to her full time job as a buying consultant for small boutiques, she also writes fashion advice blogs that have been published across a number of digital platforms. In her free time, she takes her dog running along the Malibu coastline.