Summer is here and that means trips to the beach and pool are on everyone’s calendar. There is no better place to escape the heat, than by the water. The only thing that can spoil a relaxing day of sun and sand is not having what you need once you get there.
I like to be prepared for anything. You never know when you might need to run an errand after being at the pool all day or when you will get that urge to head for drinks and an early dinner at the beachside bar and grill.
Here are my essentials for the perfect beach bag:
Shop N Go Totes:
They make the perfect beach bag because they are lightweight and dry quickly if they get wet. Fold up an extra one and throw it in for corralling your wet swimsuits and sandy sunscreen.
A lightweight Sunscreen with a high SPF:
They say sunscreen is the #1 anti-aging product you can use on your skin. Not to mention I have red hair — enough said.
Face and Body Wipes:
These are perfect at the end of the day for wiping off sweat, sunscreen and sand or if you just need a little skin refresher.
Tinted Lip-gloss with SPF:
I always feel prettier when I have a little color on my lip, especially if I’m going out. Just make sure it has an SPF because burned lips are pouty, NOT pretty.
Fabric Hair Ties:
I am addicted to these things. They tame my mane without leaving a hump or breaking off my hair. They also double as cute bracelets when you stack them on your wrists.
The Fedora is so last season! The new must-have summer hat is the Panama Hat. It shields the sun off my face while keeping my frizzy beach hair in place.
Neutral Flip-Flops with a Little Bling:
I try to steer clear of the plastic flip-flop if I think I might be heading out after sunning. These are a little dressier and go with everything. These Tory Burch ones are a splurge, but so worth it.
A great Tunic can double as a cover-up or a dress. Choose lightweight cotton in a fabulous color like this one in Pantone’s color of the year — Tangerine tango!
A Little Bling:
I always keep some jewelry in my bag so that I can throw it on with my tunic and feel a little more dressed up for an afternoon out.
So there you have it — my essentials for a well-stocked, and well-prepared summer excursion. Happy sunning!