What’s in My Beach Bag?

what's in my beach bag

When you’re headed out on a day trip to the beach this summer (yep, it’s almost that time of year!), a properly stocked beach bag is key to enjoying your time in the sun and sand. Below are my 12 beach bag must-haves that will help keep you relaxed and entertained, protected from sun, and hydrated both inside and out.

what's in my beach bag

1. Tote
Every beach trip needs a generously sized carryall to store all your stuff. The more lightweight and water resistant, the better.  Bonus points for any bag with extra zipper compartments for easy key and money access!  Did I hear someone say ‘ice cream’?

stella dot miramar sunglasses

2. Beach hat
Keeping a wide beach hat handy helps keep the sun out of your eyes and, most importantly, doubles as sun protection.  A hat will protect your scalp and cut down on the rays that are hitting your face and neck.

3. Sunglasses
Minimize the squinting (and subsequent wrinkles it causes) by grabbing an inexpensive pair of sunglasses to take to the beach – ones that you don’t have to worry about scratching, or losing in the ocean (because that will happen to you once in your life – better not when you’re wearing your Ray-Bans!).

4. Sarong
For a quick transition on and off the beach, a sarong is all you need.  Wrap it around your waist and you’ve got a cute skirt to wear as you grab a slice of pizza or play mini-golf post-beach. (I’m loving this black and white one from Stella & Dot’s Summer collection.)

stella dot miramar sunglasses

5. Reading material
With the many beach’s distractions, short articles are much easier to conquer, which is why magazines are a beach favorite. This summer, try picking up something a little inspirational like the Thoughtfully magazine. It’s filled with inspirational articles, little tips and short advice articles that will leave you feeling refreshed – mentally and spiritually.

smart stuff mineral based sunscreen for face and body

6. Sunscreen
Sun protection from harsh rays is a must.  Make sure to hit all the sensitive and high points on your face and body, including the shoulders, neck, face, and nose.

If you’re looking for a water-resistant sunscreen that’s safe for both you and the environment, I recommend the Smart Stuff Natural Mineral Based Sunscreen SPF 30.  It provides UVA/UVB broad spectrum protection without the use of harmful chemicals, including synthetic chemical sun filters, parabens, PABA, petroleum, phthalates, gluten, artificial colors and fragrances. The Natural Mineral Based Sunscreen is also a great little multi-tasker – it moisturizes your skin and helps it fight free radicals through its antioxidants-rich formula. Even better yet, Smart Stuff products are cruelty-free, eco-friendly, biodegradable, and reef safe!

7. After-sun moisturizer
It’s no secret that salt water and sun can dry your skin out, so it’s important to use an after-sun moisturizer to revitalize your skin.  I’m loving this one from Coola.  It’s formulated with Aloe Vera, plus a ton of other skin-repairing and moisturizing ingredients to help minimize sun damage.  And the sooner you apply it, the better!

organix coconut milk anti-breakage serum

8. Sunscreen lip balm
Because your lips need sunscreen too! My personal favorite is this all-in-one lip balm which keep my lips hydrated and protected.

9. Leave-in conditioner
For both before and after the beach, a leave-in conditioner/serum helps lock in moisture before hitting the water, and makes hair more manageable afterwards.

evian facial spray

10. Facial spray
Facial Spray is a must-have for keeping my skin hydrated and refreshed during a day at the beach.  Between hot weather, salt water, and sun, these elements can really suck moisture from skin.  That’s where the Evian® facial spray comes in.  It’s my go-to for the beach.  It helps restore parched and sunburned skin with its unique, balanced, mineral content, plus its fine micro-droplet mist that makes it easy for your skin to drink up.  At the same time, it feels so cooling and refreshing – an extra bonus during a hot day.   Their travel size sprays (1.7 oz) are so convenient to throw in your beach bag, plus they’re leak-proof!

11. Beach towel
An absolute necessity when it comes to lounging around or taking breaks after catching some waves. The longer, bigger, and fluffier, the better!

12. Bottled water
Finally, between the Summer heat and exhaustion, it’s especially important to keep your body hydrated if you’re going to be at the beach for several hours.   Make sure to bring a bottle of water (or pick one up on your way there), and store it in the bottom of your beach bag to help keep it cool.

What are some of your beach bag essentials?


  • Leslie Nichole

    I can not wait to go to the beach this year. I take my dad for a weekend because I take my mom somewhere on vacation too. I love huge beach bags!

    • I can’t wait to go either! 🙂 I’ve been going with my dad too (my mom’s a ‘Winter vacation’ type person heh). Have fun on your trips! 😀

  • That’s pretty much what I carry to the beach too! For water we use refillable bottles.


    • Good call! I try to use refillable bottles too, but sometimes I forget them in all the excitement of heading down to the beach!

  • Kim Henrichs

    I’m going to the beach for my birthday this week!!

  • Kim Henrichs

    hand wipes are essential and i LOVE the Evian spray!!