School’s out and it’s time for summer vacation! For many families their vacation includes a trip to the beach.
While enjoyable, a beach trip requires some extra packing. It sometimes seems like I pack everything into the minivan, including the kitchen sink!
Over the years, we have traded the 13 hour grueling car trip for a plane trip (thank you Southwest companion passes!) and thus have whittled down my must-haves for a beach vacay.
So, by all means bring your beach chairs, boogie boards and beach umbrellas, but if you’re traveling light…here’s what gets me through a beach week!
One important reminder…sunscreen is always on my list, and I generously slather that stuff on all day long!
1. Bed, Bath and Beyond Lounge Chair Towel
Let’s be real. While the beach is fun, I prefer to lounge poolside while reading a great book! This towel is life changing! It’s super long, super comfy and it has a hemmed “pocket” that slips over the top of most lounge chairs to keep your towel from blowing or sliding around!
Priced at $19.99 it’s well worth the price, plus use your Bed Bath & Beyond 20% coupon or $5 coupon to get an even better deal!
2. Target One Spot $5 Hat
What trip to Target doesn’t include a drive by the One Spot? I had spied this hat earlier in the year but hesitated. As you might know, the One Spot’s inventory changes weekly, so I regretted I didn’t snag it.
Thankfully, right before our trip Target had restocked these fabulous hats perfect for the beach! For five dollars.
If you spy this hat at your local Target One Spot…buy it! It travels well and is sturdy enough to not get blown about on breezy beach days!
3. Reader Sunglasses
Yes, I’m now at an age where I must wear readers. I absolutely love my Kate Spade reader sunglasses because unlike a lot of reader sunglasses, you can order your specific strength.
I’ve had my sunnies for three years and they’re still going strong! I recently spied fashionable, reasonably priced, different strength reader sunglasses at Sam’s Club!
No matter how much sunscreen I slather on, I usually get too pink around my straps and shoulders. A rash guard is your best friend! I always throw one in my beach bag and when I feel like I’ve gotten too much sun or want to dip in the ocean I slip this on.
Be sure to look for the American Cancer Society seal and for an SPF rating. The Land’s End rash guards have both and with a 50 SPF rating. Thankfully cute rash guards are becoming easier to find. I’ve even seen them at Old Navy.
I know Yeti tumblers are all the rage these days, but I love the 24 oz size of a Tervis Tumbler and the price! Tervis tumblers are lightweight to pack but heavy enough not to tip over in the sand or poolside!
I love all the cute beach totes. Seriously. All of them! But they are a pain to fly with and said cute beach totes accumulate copious amounts of sand.
If you haven’t yet discovered Baggu reusable bags order them today! Besides having fun graphic designs, they are lightweight but tough nylon, fold down next to nothing and hold a boatload of stuff
I’ve had my Baggu bags for over 3 years now and they still look brand new. I use mine all the time for grocery shopping. Anyway, this year I brought them with me and used one as a beach bag all week. Life changing!
Besides holding all my stuff, at the end of the week I shook the bag out and all the sand came out! Miraculous!
7. The Container Store Lingerie Drying Rack
Confession time… I have forgotten this foldable packable drying rack the last few beach trips! And every time when its time to hang up dripping wet swim suits I groan!
Yes, I made it through drippy wet swimsuits without this drying rack, but having this is so much easier! This rack works well with bikini bottoms and tops and can easily hang in the shower.
Hopefully with this post I will not forget it next time!!!
So there’s my 7 must have items for the beach! What’s on your essential beach list? I’d love to hear! Share in the comments!