10 Beach Essentials | What You Need In Your Beach Bag
Taking a trip to the beach, and want to know what you need in your beach bag?
Whether you’re going to a tropical destination for a week, or simply spending the afternoon on the beach, this list of the top 10 beach essentials will ensure that you’re prepared and have everything you need. That way, you can soak up the sun, swim in the ocean, and bask in the sea breeze without worrying that you might have forgotten something.
Make the most out of your time on the beach, by following our list of beach essentials for a successful and sunny trip. In this article, we will walk you through exactly what you need in your beach bag.
Let’s get started!
#1. Beach Bag
Come on, you should’ve seen this coming. Of course you’ll need a beach bag in order to carry the essentials you’ll need on your sandy day under the sun! Packed with all the necessary supplies, a large and reliable beach bag is key when it comes to visiting the shore. Again, make sure to choose a bag that is sturdy, allowed to get a little dirty, and if possible - made of water resistant materials. I cannot stress the importance of the right bag enough. You’ll thank me later!
Only one towel per person is necessary. If you’re planning on spending the day catching a few sunrays by yourself, then you only need to worry about packing one towel. If you’ll be spending the day with friends or family, double check that each and every one who’s coming, has their own towel. Towels are a beach essential, since you’ll be using one post-swim to dry off, as a barrier between you and all that sand while you lay out and sunbathe, and as an instrument to wipe off all the sand from your body once you’re leaving the beach. If you’re tight on space, or traveling with limited space, opt in for a lightweight beach blanket rather than a large beach towel.
This one is probably a bit obvious to most, but whether you’re spending the day tanning on shore, or splashing around in the ocean water, one thing’s for sure: You’ll need a swimsuit. If you’re a surfer or prefer to spend your beach time doing sporty activities, you may also want to consider bringing a rash guard along with you for protection. Of course, swimsuit type doesn’t really matter if you’re planning on taking it easy while you’re on the beach.
#4. Water Bottle
Water may just be the most important of all beach essentials that you’ll need in your beach bag. If you’re heading to the beach, it’s more than likely true that you’ll be spending the entire day there. That means several hours spent under the sun - hydration is crucial! I recommend a large insulated water bottle with plenty of ice, as this type of bottle will stay cold all day long (even when the exterior is exposed to direct, hot sunlight!). If you are required to travel light, another option to consider would be a collapsible water bottle. Whatever container you choose to bring with you, do not forget to drink plenty of water!
#5. Beach Cover Up
In my opinion, a good, comfortable beach cover up is an absolute must - definitely a beach essential that you need in your beach bag this summer. Generally speaking, beach cover ups are inexpensive and come in many different forms - such as a sundress, wrap skirt, or romper. After spending time in the water, it can get a bit chilly if the wind is up. Your beach cover up will become your saving grace. Besides, you’ll likely want something to wear over your swimsuit on the walk/drive to the beach, anyways. Totally worth purchasing.
Human eyes are extremely sensitive to the harmful UVA and UVB rays from the sun. Protect your eyes with a stylish pair of sunglasses! Investing in polarized sunglasses is a good idea, as they do an amazing job of protecting your precious eyes from any damage, all while making it easier for you to see your kids splashing in the distance.
On the topic of protection, don’t forget to thoroughly apply sunscreen before, and several times during, your beach trip. Sunscreen prevents the skin from premature aging, wrinkles, and of course - sunburns. Many people mistakenly assume that sunscreen will prevent them from achieving a deep, golden tan from the sun. Truth is, even if you apply sunscreen, you’ll still be able to reach the level of tanned skin you’re dreaming of. It may take a tiny bit longer to get there, but you’ll also avoid the dreaded lobster-red sunburn that can easily occur, should you choose to opt-out of applying sunscreen. Side note: Always make sure to purchase sunscreen that is “reef safe” and/or “eco-friendly”, to protect the sea life that calls our oceans ‘home’.
#8. Headphones and/or Portable Speaker
Music will undoubtedly enhance your beach day, taking it to the next level! Waterproof and/or shock proof speakers that are small enough to take anywhere with you, are the best option for a day at the beach. For a seriously rocking day, make a fun playlist with some of your favorite songs to enjoy while you soak up the sun. If a speaker feels too loud for you, for example - if you’ll be going by yourself - you can always opt in for a good pair of headphones.
#9. Cooler with Snacks and/or Food
Exposure to the sun is known to drain a person’s energy level, that’s why beach snacks are part of our top 10 beach essentials list. Awesome summer days usually include some awesome summer food. My favorite snacks to pack for a fun day at the beach include:
- Fresh cut fruits
- Veggies and dip
- Chips and salsa
- Sub sandwiches
- Lemonade and/or gatorade
- If you drink alcohol - cold beer hits the spot as well
Make sure to include a ton of ice packs in your cooler to ensure everything stays cold and fresh for the taking. I recommend ice packs over bags of ice, because I’ve found that using ice packs drastically cuts back on overall water leakage and mess in and around the cooler. Plus, I’ve found that ice packs stay frozen longer than bags of ice.
#10. Book or Kindle
Laying on the beach provides the perfect opportunity to catch up on some reading, especially with the relaxing surroundings and the soothing sound of waves hitting the shore. If you prefer podcasts, bring some headphones along and listen away! Just ensure that your devices are all fully charged and ready to go for the day.
Additional Items to Bring In Your Beach Bag
- Plastic bag or plastic grocery sack for wet clothes and/or swimsuits - Once you’re finished enjoying your beach day, having a plastic bag for wet and sandy clothing items is a must! So much better than the alternative - wet, sandy clothing all over the floor of your car…
- Change of clothes - One of the best feelings after a long day at the beach, is to take off your sand-filled swimsuit and slip on something comfortable for the walk or drive home. Whatever you do - don’t forget to pack a pair of clean underwear!
- Ziplock Bags - If you want a cheap and reliable way to protect your smartphone while at the beach, just grab a plastic ziplock bag and you’ll be good to go! The ziploc bags prevent water and sand from making their way into the little nooks and crannies of your cell phone.