Spending the day at the beach requires a lot of gear! Chairs, umbrellas, coolers, towels, etc…just getting together everything for a day spent “relaxing” can be a chore. Whether you’re packing up the car for a weekend beach trip, or you’re flying across the world for a once in a lifetime vacation, here are 20 things that should be in your beach bag.
What to Pack in Your Beach Bag
1.Tote or Backpack: Depending on what kind of a beach day you’re planning, a tote bag may suffice, but if you’re going to have to do any hiking (or you’ll be carrying a lot of gear in general), a backpack may be more convenient. I’m in love with this fun tote bag, and Herschel is my favorite backpack brand.
5.Waterproof Phone Case: Even if you’re not planning to submerge your phone (please don’t!!), a Lifeproof case will protect if from sand and any stray splashes.
7.Sunscreen: Sun Bum has a whole line of sunscreens ranging from continuous sprays to lotions to face sticks in a range of SPFs. Order here or pick up once you get there.
8.Guidebook: The Hawaii Revealed guidebooks are the BEST guidebooks for the Hawaiian Islands period. And you may need them to find the best secret beaches on the islands. Here you’ll find editions for Maui, Kauai, Oahu, and the Big Island.
9.Books and Magazines: Make sure you have plenty of reading material! I like to pack several books for a trip.
10.Headphones: You’ll want headphones for listening to music while you doze in the sun.
11.Cover-up: Pack something lightweight that doesn’t wrinkle. You’ll want something to wear on walks (up to the resort pool bar for another drink : ) These are my favorite made on Maui kimonos.
12.Hair Ties: These tropical hair ties are perfect for keeping windblown tresses out of your face.
13.Lip Balm: Pick something that’s hydrating with a little SPF.
14.Hairbrush: You’ll want to run a brush through your hair in between the beach and happy hour.
15.Aloe: After some time in the sun, you’ll want some extra moisture on your skin!
16.Water Bottle: I never travel without my Yeti. Even in the blazing sun, it keeps ice frozen for over 12 hours!!
17.Wipes: These deodorant wipes from Pacifica are amazing and I never go to the beach without them. They’ll make you feel a little less gross sitting in a restaurant after a long day at the beach.
18.Browning Lotion: My absolute favorite browning lotion is made on Maui and I always get an amazing tan when I use it. You can pick it up in a lot of stores in Hawaii or order it here. Put your sunscreen on first!
19.Snorkel Gear: If you’re an avid snorkeler, bring your own gear from home or rent some for the week. Always bring it along, because you never know when you’ll find the perfect spot!
20.Beach Towel: A nice fluffy beach towel makes a beach day so much more comfortable. These fun roundies from the Beach People are super fun. Resorts (and most condos) will supply you with towels to use but if you want to upgrade (and come home with a souvenir) Costco has really nice beach towels.
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