Hey ladies, it’s Anna again from Fash Boulevard! Whether you’re headed out on a day trip to the beach this summer or living the dream spending your summer working oceanside, a properly stocked beach bag is key to maximizing your time in the sun and sand. Below are my 12 functional and affordable beach bag must-haves…
1. The Bag.
Every beach trip needs a generously sized carryall, which is why finding an extra cute one is essential. This super durable Hayden Reis beach bag is made of sailcloth, plus it’s lightweight and water resistant, making it the perfect beach companion.
Bag via Hayden Reis, $144
2. Beach hat.
Keeping a hat in your bag is a cardinal rule when it comes to the subject of sun protection. It can protect your scalp and cut down on the rays that are hitting on your face and neck.
When it comes to pretty much any outdoor trip, sunglasses are an obvious requirement. I like to pack an inexpensive pair (something under $20) so that my more expensive everyday sunnies don’t get scratched or lost in the ocean.
Sunglasses via Amazon, $4.97
4. Water resistant phone pouch.
Between the water, sand and sun, the beach is filled with things that can damage your phone. This water resistant pouch is a lifesaver. It will keep your phone crazy protected, has a headphone or speaker connector so your cords don’t have to stick out the top, and is touch-sensitive so you don’t have to remove your phone to control it.
Pouch by Dry Pro, $39.99
5. Phone battery extender.
The beach is not nearly as fun if you can’t blast your tunes from your phone or—let’s be honest—post fun summer photos to Instagram. This inexpensive battery extender acts as an outlet and will provide some boost your phone’s battery life when you find yourself far from your charger.
Battery extender by Pocket Juice, $59.99
6. Reading material.
Improve your tan and your mind… With so many distractions, short articles are much easier to conquer at the beach, which is why magazines are a beach favorite. This summer, try picking up something a little more inspirational like Miracles Now. It’s filled with little tips and short advice articles that will leave you glowing on the inside and out.
7. Beach spiker.
My favorite beach accessory right now is this wildly adorable (an monogrammed!) beach spiker. This simple yet totally brilliant invention will keep your beach beverages sand-free.
Spike by Carly’s Customs, $9.00
We’ve all been taught the importance of sunscreen from a young age, which is why protection from harsh rays is a must. According to Health.com, 80% of skin cancer is found on the nose, so don’t forget to apply to this sensitive sunburn spot when lathering up. Use a sunscreen stick to spot-apply.
Sunscreen by Australian Gold, $7.22
9. Sunscreen lip balm.
Your lips need sunscreen too! This all-in-one lip balm will keep your lips hydrated and protected.
Lip balm by Banana Boat, $1.97
Growing up, my mom would always twirl in some leave-in-conditioner before leaving the beach to rehydrate her hair. This simple beauty addition will keep your hair moist and soft rather than dry and sun-damaged.
Conditioner by John Frieda, $5.99
11. After-sun moisturizer.
It’s no secret that salt water and sun can dry your skin out, so it’s important to use an after-sun moisturizer to revitalize your skin. It will also help extend the life of your tan, which (let’s be honest) is really the most important thing!
Ideal for holding your essentials like your keys and money, this mini beach bag makes bathroom and restaurant runs super easy.
What are some of your beach bag essentials?
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