Must-Have Essentials to Pack in Your Beach Bag


Is there anything more relaxing than a day at the beach? Frolicking in the waves, soaking in the sun, and watching a breathtaking sunset—sounds like a dream. We’ve put together a quick checklist of a few simple items can maximize your entertainment and enjoyment once you’ve reached your beach destination. Grab that beach bag and start packing! The waves await.

  1. Sunscreen

Of course, sunscreen should be number one on the checklist. Sun protection becomes ever important as the hole in the ozone layer grows, and sunscreen is available in so many forms—lotion, spray, powder—that there’s bound to be one you can love.

  1. Towel

Next on the list, a towel—it will serve as an island of refuge from the hot sand. Towels mark your space in a public place, and they’ll be perfect for drying off after a dip in the cool waves. When it comes to choosing the best beach towel, there are lots of options and factors to consider. Mizu Towel is the world’s first bacteria detecting towel. Its color-changing strips detect residual soap, dirt, sweat, and bacteria metabolites.

  1. Umbrella

Mark your spot on the beach and get some respite from the sun’s harsh rays with a colorful umbrella. Sit under the shade and read your favorite book, talk with friends, or keep your little one out of the sun’s harmful UV rays.

  1. Snacks

Snacks are the ultimate beach bag essential. Stick to finger foods like fruit, nuts, chips, cookies, etc. From peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to apple slices—and everything in between—no beach day is complete without delicious beach bag snacks. Pour some lemonade or ice cold water into your Hydro Flask in the morning — it will stay cold and refreshing all day long.

  1. Eye Protection

Sunglasses are a no-brainer—but make sure they’re polarized. Polarized sunglasses are designed to protect your sensitive peepers from harmful UV radiation. Plus, they’re fashionable to boot and the perfect accompaniment to your new swimsuit!

  1. Head Protection

Next comes a hat of some sort. It’s crucial that you protect the sensitive skin on your scalp from the sun, and wide brimmed hats are adept and shielding your face as well. From baseball caps to straw hats, there are a plethora of headwear options for your upcoming trip to the beach.

  1. Literary Fun

What’s a successful beach day without a good book? Keep your mind occupied with a great beach read. You can go back in time with your favorite historical autobiography, or keep things light and saucy with a romance novel. If you need to revamp your book collection, check out Book of the Month and get new titles sent straight to your door!

  1. Tunes

If you want to keep the party going at the beach, be sure to bring along a Bluetooth speaker that can pump out all of your favorite jams. Whether you’re looking for something soft and soothing or boisterous and sure to get the party started, be sure to create a Spotify playlist ahead of time to blast while you soak in the sun’s rays.

Beach days lend themselves to happiness and relaxation, and spending time at the seaside is one of the best parts of summer. If you’ve got a beachside adventure on your calendar, make sure your bag is packed with all the essentials you need to have a fun, sun-safe time with family and friends on the sand.