Now that we’ve kicked off June, it’s all sun and sand from here. It may not technically be summer for another 17 days but as far as I’m concerned it’s already here. Regardless of where you’re headed to soak up the sun, you can’t show up empty handed. Finding the perfect suit is always important, but a properly packed beach bag is key to making the most of your well-deserved time in the sun. Here are some of my personal necessities:
Obviously it’s a requirement to have a beach bag suitable for toting all your must-haves around. Judging by my history in caring for beach bags (or lack thereof) I’m not interested in spending a fortune on one. Harper’s Bazaar rounded up a few that won’t break the bank, including my favorite J. Crew bag that easily doubles as a day time tote.
Finding the right pair of sunglasses can be a daunting task with so many styles to choose from. Between the potential of sand scratching the lenses, smashing them in your bag, or losing them in the water, it’s preferable to bring a less expensive pair to the beach. Conveniently, Target has a crazy wide range of sunglasses at a price that won’t make you feel terrible when the inevitable happens.
Is it really a day at the beach if you don’t upload it to social media? This water resistant pouch will keep your phone safe so the selfies can keep coming. Not only does it keep your phone protected from the beach hazards like sand and water, you can connect your headphones through the small hole at the top, and it’s touch sensitive so you don’t have to remove your phone from the pouch to upload to Instagram.
Let’s be honest, a sunburn doesn’t look cute on anyone. And even if you don’t regularly burn, you’re still not allowed to skimp on the sunscreen. My personal favorite in UV protection is Coola’s lightly tinted, unscented formula that gives your skin an immediate line-smoothing finish.
This is the one item I always forget until it’s too late. Sometimes you need a little break for a beverage or snack, and lugging your entire bag around is less than ideal. A small wristlet to put the essentials like money, ID, and keys in will make it much easier on you. Just make sure you leave your actual bag in good hands.
Coming home to find your professionally dyed hair (that you most likely spent a fortune on) has faded is pretty disheartening. You can prevent any future hair fading woes because Aveda’s protective hair veil is here to save the day. It’s a lightweight, water-resistant UV defense mist that forms an invisible screen to help protect hair from sun exposure for up to 16 hours, while minimizing damage and dryness.
There are some obvious essentials not included (flip-flops, towel, cover-up, etc.) but the list can’t go on forever. Tweak my list with what works best for you and go take full advantage of the glory that is summer.