Living at the beach my entire life has been nothing if not a huge learning experience. After 20 years of trial and error I can finally take pride in knowing the dos and don’ts of a day at the beach. So whether you’re going on vacation for a week or just visiting the for a day, here is your guide to everything you need to know and pack when making the trek. And if you’re not going to the beach but the pool or lake instead, this is a great guide for those locations as well!
This might seem like a no-brainer to some but might also be a foreign concept to others! Most beaches require a swimsuit or cover up of some sort so make sure you check out the kind of beaches you’re going to before you assume no clothing at all is optional.
Beach Bag or ToteOf course you’ll need a bag to keep all your items in! Opt for a lined beach bag that won’t be damaged from the ocean air and sand. Also look for a larger bag so you can take more things with you. Remember: once you’re there you can’t keep going back to your house (unless you live or are staying right on the beach).
Wave Hello Beach Bag ($19.99)
Beach TowelDon’t forget your beach towel! This is really important especially if you’ll be going in the water. This will also keep you comfortable while yourelax on the beach and keep the sand off of you while you dry off. Trust me, nothing’s worse than getting sandy while wet — it will stick to you in the most uncomfortable places. Need I say more?
Mermaid in Training Beach Towel ($12.99)
SunscreenIf you’ve been reading my posts frequently, you know I’m a big supporter of all things SPF. Protecting your skin from the harsh sun is so important but also incredibly easy to forget. On one of my first posts, I wrote all about sunscreens and which one’s will be best for your specific skin type. Check out that post here and read about everything you need to know about sunscreen and summer skin care. Also remember to pack some SPF lip balm — your lips burn too!
Sun Bum SPF 30+ Sunscreen ($15.99)
- Aloe Vera
This is another must for after you’re out of the sun. According to this article, “[a]loe Vera helps with sunburn through its powerful healing activity at the epithelial level of the skin, a layer of cells that cover the body. It acts as a protective layer on the skin and helps replenish its moisture. Because of its nutritional qualities and antioxidant properties, the skin heals quicker.” Aloe also acts as a great moisturizer that helps to replenish dehydrated skin that’s been in the sun all day.
Sunglasses and HatJust like sunscreen protects your skin, sunglasses and a hat will protect your face and eyes. Your eyes are very sensitive and can be damaged very easily when exposed to direct sunlight. Invest in some sunglasses that will do the job and a hat to keep the sun off your face. There are hundreds of sunglass and hat options available in all types of styles so you’ll be sure to find at least one that you like.
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Water and Snacks
Being in the sun all day can be draining! Make sure to stay hydrated with water or Gatorade and keep snacks on hand for a quick pick-me-up. Consider using a reusable water bottle that keeps drinks cold. You’ll be saving the beaches and be cooled down all day, win-win!
S’Well Marble Water Bottle ($25.00)
- Coin Purse or Pencil PouchIt’s not a good idea to bring an entire wallet with you to the beach. The chances of it falling out or getting stolen when your water are pretty high so it’s best to opt for a small wallet or punch instead. Instead of bringing a credit card, bring cash instead. This is also a good place for you to keep any jewelry if you forgot to take it off before you left or for hair ties.
Dream Big Coin Purse ($12.95)
Jacket or Sweatshirt
This is only necessary if you’re going to the beach in the evening or if you know you’re going to be staying late. The beach can get cold at night and having a sweatshirt will keep you from catching a cold and being uncomfortable.
Brush or Comb
If you have long hair that tends to knot easily it would be a good idea to bring a brush or comb with you to brush out and knots that can become problematic. If you haven’t tried the Wet Brush this is a great time to do so! This brush with get out knots without damaging, stretching, breaking, or tugging on your hair.
Wet Brush ($8.99)
This probably isn’t something you think to pack when headed to the beach but when you think about it, it makes total sense! Bring a little leave-in conditioner to put in your hair after you get out of the water. This will help to rehydrate your hair and make it easier to deal with later on.
Books and MagazinesWhen you’re at the beach, there’s not much entertainment options. Bring a book or magazine to keep you occupied.
Water Resistant Phone Case or PouchWe’ve all been there (or at least I have) — dropping your phone in water and rushing to get rice to hopefully soak the moisture out of your device that you keep everything on. Avoid this by investing in a waterproof phone case or pouch. You can find these at any electronics store for all different price ranges. These will also protect your phone from the sand getting in the little nooks and damaging it.
Waterproof Pouch Dry Bag ($5.69)
If you have a little portable speaker (preferably waterproof), take it along with you! This will give you and your friends some added entertainment and make your day much more fun!
JBL Charge 3 Waterproof Portable Speaker ($149.95)
I’ve experienced my fair share of injuries from the beach… bee stings, cuts, bites, you name it. So while this isn’t necessary it’s always a good idea to keep a bandaid or two on hand along with some rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, an instant ice pack, tea tree oil, and cotton balls. You can add or take away to this list but this is just a few basics!
Hope you all enjoyed this post and found it helpful!