Welcome back to the summer packing series! Hope you enjoyed my first blog about how to pack makeup for vacation. If you missed it, you can check it out here. This post will talk about the essentials to keep in your beach bag so that you can be prepared for lots of beach/pool fun this summer!
To make my life easier, there are some staples that I pack into the beach bag at the beginning of the season, and leave in there so I can’t forget it! I keep a lot of items in plastic zip lock bags to keep out sand and water. Then I can just throw in towels and some snacks and we are good to go!
There are several SPF products that have a permanent home in my beach bag. First, I have fallen in love with Coola’s sport Guava Mango sunscreen spray SPF 50. It’s organic, and smells so delicious it doesn’t even give a hint that it is sunscreen! It is a chemical sunscreen so if you prefer mineral, I have another great one to recommend to you. This other sunscreen I’ve been loving is from the drugstore. It is Australian gold Botanical sunscreen SPF 50. This also has a fruity heavenly scent but is a lotion (mineral, so it’s great for those with sensitive skin). To get the lowdown on SPF you can check out my other blog post here. Now both of these sunscreens are ok to use on my son, but I do have another one I use for him from Thinksport. Like the others, it’s broad spectrum, water resistant and is SPF 50+. This one also smells great so sometimes I’ll use this for me also! It’s a little thicker than the Australian gold lotion so sometimes it’s easier to use the other one.
Brush on Block – I spoke about this product in another blog. It’s great to reapply SPF to your face on a daily basis. It’s a powder and brush in one. The powder has an SPF of 30, is broad spectrum and water resistant as well. If you wear makeup when out in the sun, this is a great way to keep your sun protection in tact without messing up your makeup.
Lip protection – I found an awesome product from Supergoop called Shine on Lip Screen. This is a gloss with SPF 50 to keep your lips protected in the sun. You can wear it alone or right on top of your regular lipstick (this is how I like to use it). Again, it’s a great way to get that sun protection in while keeping makeup looking fresh!
Bug Spray – Not sure about where you all are located, but here in NJ, mosquitoes are even more of a menace this season. I really don’t like to use products with DEET, so I’ve found a product from OFF! that has another ingredient called picardin, which is a gentler alternative.
Deodorant wipes – I like to keep these on hand to freshen up after the beach if I am out somewhere without a shower nearby. Pacifica makes these wipes that smell like coconuts. It is so refreshing and they really work for me to not smell!
Baby Wipes– With a 5 year old, you never know what can happen, so I always keep a pack of baby wipes on hand. They are in my car, at my house, and definitely in my beach bag! Over the years I’ve tried many brands, but I always go back to the Huggies Natural Care. They are gentle, have no fragrance and do not feel greasy.
Hand Sanitizer – Along with the baby wipes, whether you have kids or not, it’s always a good idea to bring hand sanitizer to the beach. I use one I got as a freebee from work a while back, but Bath and Bodyworks has great travel sized ones and any drugstore will have some travel sized ones also.
Good book – I make pretty regular trips to my local library, so before my next trip I’ll run over and grab something that looks like a good beach read. Lately I’ve been into suspense and mysteries, but let’s see what I find!
I hope you are enjoying your summer and happy packing for your next trip! Stay tuned for the next installment of my summer packing series, which will be all about packing clothes!
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