7 Beach Essentials You Didn’t Know You Needed

Summer is beginning to wind down, but there’s still time to hit the beach; here’s what you’ll need to bring

This list will make a day at the beach a day at the beach. 

Of course we all know the basics. An oversized beach towel

, sunscreen

, a colorful beach tote, and the top read

of the summer. But what about the things you don’t even realize you need? I’m adding just a few small items to your beach must-have list that will not result you becoming a pack-lady needing an extra buggy

just set up shop for the day.

Baby Powder

Just a $1 travel-sized bottle will do the trick. Sprinkle a little on any area with sticky beach sand and the sand will wipe right off. You’re welcome.

Bed Sheet

Yes, we know you have an oversized towel, but that still doesn’t prevent sand from getting on it. Instead, bring a large, light bed sheet, secure down the edges with small rocks, and then put your bright beach towel

on top.

Hand Fan

This one might seem excessive, but you will be the envy of anyone passing by. Pair this with your another item on this list (more on that to come) and you’ll have pure heaven.

Insulated Water Bottle

Please stay hydrated out there. So many folks ruin their beach vacations due to dehydration, which can take the form of exhaustion, headaches, or worse. Take several bottles of water just to be on the safe side. If you have to drink your water cold, these bad boys are worth the money.

Snacks!

Don’t be tempted by the fried Oreo cookies or the hot slice of pizza. Instead arm yourself with quick and easy snacks. Popcorn

is always a good (and light) option, while Corn Flake Cereal Bars will keep you satisfied and they taste great. Fresh fruit, pretzels,

and tortilla chips with traditional or strawberry salsa are also good options. All you need is a soft-sided refrigerator bag

and you are good to go!

Spray Bottle

Remember that fan from before? This is its companion. No need to buy expensive and wasteful aerosol cans of water, you are going to sweat that purified special stuff off in seconds. Instead, buy a cheap plastic spray bottle and fill it with tap water. It is just as refreshing and won’t break the bank. It also works well to rinse off sandy hands.

Waterproof bag

Even though you don’t plan to take your smartphone into the water, do yourself a favor and protect it. You never know what will happen.

Looking for a wonderful beach to visit? Check out photos from my trip to St. Lucia and see my favorite frozen cocktail, a strawberry BBC!

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