10 Healthy Essentials To Add To Your Summer Beach Bag
Now that summer is in full swing, it’s time to hit the beach. And we can help you pack right so that your days of asking yourself why you brought so much unnecessary stuff are over. These essentials will ensure that you stay sun-safe, hydrated and active during your day of fun and relaxation (because you deserve it). The next time you’re packing for a day at the beach, check out these healthy must-haves to bring with you.
And loads of it! It’s no surprise that sunscreen is number one on our list of healthy beach bag essentials. Lather up and don’t forget to reapply throughout the day.
Protect your eyes with a pair of stylish sunglasses. It’s an easy way to stay sun-safe and look cute while doing it. Quick tip: Purchase an extra inexpensive pair of sunglasses so you don’t have to worry if they get scratched or lost in the ocean.
3. Sun-Protecting Hat
If you’re going to bring a pair of sunglasses, you need a super cute hat to go with them, right? Bringing a hat in your beach bag is basically a cardinal rule when it comes to sun safety. Wearing one will help protect your scalp, face and neck from sun damage.
4. (SPF) Hair Oil
Beach hair, don’t care? Think again. Although a hat is a beach day essential, it can only do so much for your hair. Keep those luscious locks healthy with a hair oil full of SPF. Invest in a hydrating oil that will protect color-treated hair from sun exposure while nourishing salt-stiffened strands. Your hair will thank you later.
5. Reusable Water Bottle
Stay hydrated (and green!) with a reusable water bottle for your beach day. Whether it contains water or something a little stronger that you want to keep chilled, a water bottle is a much-needed beach bag item. Plus, it’s one less thing to throw in the cooler.
6. Sun-Safe Lip Balm
This item is so important that it gets its own number on the list. When you’re on the beach, don’t forget to protect your pout. Your lips are extremely vulnerable to sun damage, so much so that the lower lip is 12 times more likely to be affected by skin cancer than the top lip, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Pack lip balm full of broad-spectrum SPF for beach-approved sun safety.
7. Motivational Beach Read
Embrace your time without WiFi, disconnect from the hustle and bustle of your life and delve into a delightful summer read. It’s time to catch up on all those must-read books piled in the corner of your apartment. Whether it’s a new juicy novel or just a favorite classic, sit back, relax and enjoy.
8. Outdoor Activities
If you’re over sitting in the sun, embrace the beach with a fun outdoor activity. Throw in a frisbee, volleyball or a portable corn hole set for some fun in the sun.
9. Beach Blanket
You know how it is: Eat. Beach. Sleep. Repeat. Whether you’re lying down sunbathing with some friends or drying off after a quick dip, we would be remiss if we didn’t include a cozy beach blanket or towel to our beach bag essentials list.
10. Comfy Cover-Up
This may seem obvious, but cover-ups are often a forgotten beach bag necessity. There are so many cute styles, patterns and fabrics to choose from, and they’re also a great way to shield any sensitive spots from the sun.