Summertime calls for days spent at the beach. Whether you go to sunbathe, swim in the waves, or play a game of volleyball, you’ll want to bring a few key items with you. It is best to be prepared when going to the beach since you’ll want to have a relaxing day and not worry about what you should have brought to make the day better. Partnering with Item 8 Sunglasses, I wrote this sponsored post to bring you a few of my favorite beach bag essentials. All opinions are my own, of course.
The obvious choice to bring to the beach is a good pair of sunglasses. I say good because you don’t want to bring a bad pair! I’ve used many different types and brands and a good pair of sunnies will treat your eyes better than a crappy pair. You’ll also see clearer.
I like to bring 2 pairs of sunglasses with me to the beach. One pair to wear and a backup pair in case I lose the other in the ocean while swimming. Trust me, it happens and you don’t want to be caught without a pair of sunglasses. That sun can be harsh! My boyfriend recently experienced this and lost his favorite pair of sunnies when a wave hit him. We searched for them up and down the beach but had no luck finding them. He kept complaining about the sun being too bright and missing his sunglasses. It’s always smart to bring a backup!
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An extra towel can be beneficial for a few different reasons. It’s nice to have a towel to lay on but also a towel to dry off with after a swim. You could also fold the extra towel up and use it as a pillow, which is always nice to have while laying in the sand.
Battery Bank Charger
Using your phone to listen to music at the beach can drain your battery. Bringing along a charger is the perfect solution to that problem. You don’t need electricity, just a little battery bank. You can find them almost anywhere, get a cheap one to keep in your beach bag.
I am so weird about my hands at the beach. I absolutely hate the sandy/salty/oily-from-sunscreen feeling. I try to always bring hand sanitizer to get rid of those feelings, especially when I know I will be eating while at the beach.
You don’t need a huge cooler, just something big enough to put a few waters and ice cubes in and maybe a bag of fruit. Getting dehydrated at the beach is not fun. It’s good to bring ice in case you you run out of water. The ice will melt down and BAM you have more water! Try to find a cooler that will fit in your beach bag so that you don’t have to tote it around separately.
Last but not least, the single most important item for your skin while out in the sun. Sunscreen is essential and should be used all the time. Having fair skin, I need to be extra careful to not get burnt. Look for sunscreens with zinc in them to use, those are the best according to my dermatologist.
*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Item 8 Sunglasses.