The minute the weather warms up, we hit the beach. Our first beach trip of the year is usually Spring break, followed by Mother’s Day, then as many times as possible over the Summer.
When we go, we make a day of it. So, we pack all of the beach bag essentials we can think of to make the most of our day.
What’s in my beach bag:
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- a beach towel (similar) for each of us
- a book for each of us – Use this link to see Barnes & Noble’s list of Must Reads and Top Book Gifts. And if you’ve loved Big Little Lies on HBO, I HIGHLY recommend the book!
- sunscreen–for lips, face and all over. I finally found a safer option at Beautycounter!
- headache/pain reliever
- reading glasses for me
- a plastic sack for trash
- a swim suit cover-up
- a blanket – for early in the season when it can get a little chilly.
We also bring:
- a beach mat – We set our beach bag on the mat to keep too much sand from getting on the bag. We use the inexpensive straw mats, but they tear and unravel very easily. So, I plan to upgrade to a larger, more durable one like the one pictured above.
- beach umbrella (similar)– We bought an inexpensive one (under $30) from Walmart, and it lasted for several years. It’s only downfall was that it wasn’t quite sturdy enough for strong winds. We just bought a new umbrella (under $40) that seems sturdier.
- umbrella anchor – You’ll need a sand anchor that attaches to the umbrella to secure it into the sand. We bought this metal one from Walmart which has worked well and lasted for several years.
- beach chairs (similar)– Again, we purchased the least expensive chairs we could find, and they have held up for many years. The frames are starting to rust, but I think that is because we never wash the sand off after a beach trip.
The money you spend on a beach umbrella and chairs will be saved many times over in what you would spend on beach rentals.
- change of clothes…we pack these in plastic sacks and leave them in the car. When we change, we put our wet suits in the plastic bags.
Tip: Stay out of the water for at least 30 minutes before you leave, letting the sun dry you out as much as possible.
- We always bring food: plenty of water, fruit, cheese, crackers, sandwiches, chips and 1 soda per person. Everything is packed in a cooler (similar) with a handle and wheels which makes it easier to get from the car to the beach.
And, that’s it. You really don’t need designer this or expensive that to have a good time at the beach.
Wishing you many safe and happy beach trips this Summer! See you in class (or on the beach),