Now that I’ve spent a week in Florida, I’m pretty much an expert on beach vacations. I don’t want to call myself “high maintenance,” but I certainly do pack A LOT of stuff to keep myself happy and healthy at the beach. For this post, I’ve narrowed my faves down to the 12 most absolutely essential items for beach vacations. Scroll down to see my picks!
A One-Piece Bathing Suit – Bikinis are great for tanning, but if you’re planning on playing in the waves, a one-piece is absolutely essential. Believe me, you do NOT want to lose your bikini bottoms in the surf…especially if you’re with your family 🙁 I am obsessed with these suits from Minga London.
Pool Slides – Forget flip flops on the beach – they flip flop hot sand right into your tukhus! Pool slides are a great alternative for keeping your feet cool without getting sand in your pants. I have these Nike Benassi slides and I love them!
Wide-Mouth Water Bottle – Beer makes me bloated so I like to make cocktails for the beach. The wide-mouth on this water bottle means that you can add ice cubes to keep your booze cool. Plus this Nalgene one glows in the dark, which is always a plus in my book.
Spray Sunscreen – I CANNOT DEAL with putting lotion sunblock on while at the beach. The combination of lotion and sand on my skin is so icky and unbearable. I always use spray sunscreen for reapplication. The Banana Boat Sport in SPF 30 is a big favorite in my family.
Dry-Touch High-SPF Sunscreen – Before I head to the beach, I like to mix a high-SPF dry-touch sunscreen with my BB cream for a custom, tinted sunscreen. Neutrogena Dry-Touch Sunscreen in SPF 70 keeps my face protected without making it too oily. I used this method all through my vacation and didn’t break out at all!
A Heavy-Duty Backpack – I used to always carry a beach bag, but now I actually prefer a backpack because I feel like you get less sand in your belongings since you can zip it closed. Plus, they’re better for riding bikes (my new favorite thing!). This Kånken backpack is high quality and comes in a ton of pretty colors to match your bathing suits.
A vitamin-rich, heavy moisturizer – Clearly my sunscreen routine is pretty intense, but I always seem to miss a spot (or reapplication) and end up with sunburns. I love using Weleda Skinfood on my burns because it clears them right up and is loaded with vitamins, which I think prevents peeling. This stuff is also great on your feet, as mine always get super-dry on vacation. And bonus: it smells like gin gimlets!
An awesome liquid sunscreen – Hawaiian Tropic Sheer Touch in SPF 30 is my absolute favorite sunscreen of all time. It’s not greasy, it’s moisturizing, and it doesn’t leave white residue all over your body. I put this on right after I take a shower in the morning and I feel like it really helps me to not get sunburned, while still allowing a tan. I LOVE IT!!!!!
Cool Sunnies – The sun on the beach is harsh, especially if you have blue eyes like me, so some stylin’ sunwear is seriously essential! I am loving these purple cat-eye sunglasses from Nordstrom. Wouldn’t they be perfect with that tie dye bathing suit?
A sarape – I love the word “sarape.” Suh-raw-pay. I can’t stop saying it. Anyhow, these Mexican blankets are perfect for the beach because they’re as durable as they are colorful. I got mine from an estate sale, but there’s tons on Amazon in all different colors, including this yellow one.
Leave-In Conditioner – I consider a vacation from work to also be a vacation from heat styling. However, the sun and salt can wreak havoc on my hair. Instead of turning into a frizz ball when I air dry, I like to run a bit of leave-in conditioner through my wet hair to keep the fuzz under control. The Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner is the best I’ve found so far.
Zing Zang! – Zing Zang makes the best Bloody Mary’s and I’m obsessed with it. There’s really nothing better than sipping a Bloody Mary on the beach. Plus, I’ve heard that lycopene (found in tomatoes) can help to prevent sunburns. I’m not sure if that’s true but it can’t hurt!
I hope this post can help you make your next beach vacation even better! What are your beach essentials? Let me know in the comments!
This post is sponsored by Fjallraven Canada, but all opinions are my own.