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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 essential things that should be in your beach bag. And check out what you need for a day at the beach (which includes all the gear, not just your beach bag : )
What to Pack in Your Beach Bag
1.Sunglasses: I like Ray-Bans because they’re fairly inexpensive but always classic. But Quay is becoming one of my favorites as well. And these inexpensive heart shaped sunnies are what I’ve been living in this summer.
2.Sunscreen: Sun Bum has long been my favorite SPF lotion, but as I’ve been trying to find a good reef safe alternative, I’m falling in love with Coola. Their sunscreens aren’t cheap, but they’re reef safe, made with 70% organic ingredients, and they have a clear continuous spray option which isn’t easy to find. Read more about my favorite reef safe sunscreens here.
3.Books and Magazines: Make sure you have plenty of reading material! I like to pack several books for a trip.
4.Headphones: You’ll want headphones for listening to music while you doze in the sun.
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5.Hair Ties: These hair ties are perfect for keeping windblown tresses out of your face.
6.Lip Balm: Pick something that’s hydrating with a little SPF.
7.Hairbrush: You’ll want to run a brush through your hair in between the beach and happy hour.
8.Aloe: After some time in the sun, you’ll want some extra moisture on your skin! Maui Babe’s After Browning Lotion is the best thing I’ve ever found. It’s soooo much better than gel alcohol based aloes.
9.Water Bottle: I never travel without my Yeti. Even in the blazing sun, it keeps ice frozen for over 12 hours!!
10.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. Their face wipes are also amazingly refreshing, but if you have super sensitive skin (like me), you can’t go wrong with Huggies.
11.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!
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