Favorite Beach Bag Essentials + Giveaway!

Beach bag essentials, my favorites to pack for a day at the beach.

I feel like living by the beach, and traveling the world to see them has made me into a pro at packing for a beach trip. Today I’m sharing with you my favorite beach bag essentials, whether you’re just going for the day or are staying on the beach somewhere.

1. Swimsuit I always lean towards one pieces, and this Onia suit is perfectly flattering and a little sassy at the same time.

2. Big HatBig floppy hats and the beach together are my jam. This one is packable, but if you don’t need that, this one (seen here) from Cuyana is my favorite.

3. After Sun Care – Being in the sun is dehydrating for your skin, especially if you happen to get sunburned. I love this after sun care from Herbivore. It contains soothing aloe and is way easier to apply than normal lotion. I have the 8oz bottle because we have a family of four, but I recommend the 2oz for travel or personal use. Prevention is better than after-care though, so don’t forget sunblock! Our tried-and-true very favorite is this one by California Baby. Sure it makes you look a little less tan, but we’ve never burned while wearing it and it rates well on the EWG’s guide to safe sunscreen.

4. Sea Salt Spray – My hair gets so wind-whipped and messy while at the beach, and this sea salt spray for some reason helps keep the flyaways tame without me having to take a dip in the ocean. Sometime I use it to style my hair on an everyday basis to give it that California beachy look.

5. Mesh Bag – Two words, no sand. I love that I can just shake this bag out to get rid of the sandy mess. It’s great for sand toys, too!

6. Cuyana Silk Cover Up This has been my favorite go-to beach cover up for a couple of years now. It’s seasonally stocked, but this dress from American Apparel reminds me of it. In a pinch I wear it with bottoms as part of an outfit (it’s a little sheer).

7. Sunbrella XL We have this in silver and it goes to the beach any time we do. It’s very easy to setup (even for me alone at 5’4″), and easy to carry as well. I bought a yoga strap to attach to it for more comfortable carrying. The sun is no joke and this is more than large enough to cover us relaxing and the kids playing in the sand if we want to. It also helps block the wind, and if it’s too windy out, I like to fill a Baggu Bag with sand and wrap it around the handle a few times then tie it off to keep it secure.

8. Slip on Shoes – I used to only wear sandals or flip flops to the beach, but if we’re headed to any of our favorites you can bet there is a little hiking involved, sometimes down a cliffside. I prefer to have shoes that won’t slip while I’m navigating my way down to the beach with gear or a toddler in tow.

9. Turkish Towel – These are so light and easy to shake the sand out of. I honestly can’t believe I ever used traditional towels. They also double as a blanket or scarf while traveling.

What are your favorite beach bag essentials?

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Now for the giveaway!


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Responses to “Favorite Beach Bag Essentials + Giveaway!”

  1. This is a fabulous post! I’m loving everything you’ve listed and I absolutely am bookmarking this page for my beach trip next week! xo

  2. I love packing a Turkish towel for the beach, as well! They are perfect for lounging on the beach!

  3. What a great post!! I love everything that you listed! I am a huge believer in protecting my skin from the sun but after care is also so important. Thanks for sharing!
    Charlene The Frugal Fashionista

  4. I love those slip-on shoes. Once you break ’em in, they are the most comfy thing you could throw on your feet & they’re so easy to slip on or slip off. This is a really nice post & I love all the images. You really know how to do a great round-up! xx Adaleta Avdic

  5. After sun lotion! I need this! I always lean towards one pieces too


  6. I love your beach bag picks! Especially the hat, bag and amazing towel! Obsessed!

    xo Rachel Olivia
    To Hell in a Handbag

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