5 Beach Essentials You May Not Think to Bring

There are a lot of items that make it into our beach bags and they vary a little bit from person to person. Some bring cameras, others leave extra space for buckets and shovels, where others may want to pack an extra snack or two (I'll admit to that one!), but there are a few things that should really be in every bag. These 5 items are essentials for making your beach day stress free and fun! Don't forget to bring them in your bag! 

1. Water

This one seems like a no-brainer, but a lot of times it gets inadvertently set on the back burner. A lot of people don’t even think about grabbing a water bottle while visiting a place with water as far as the eye can see. However, having fresh, cold water is the best thing to have after playing in the hot sun and salty ocean water. Don’t forget to pack this beach essential in your cooler! 

2. Ziploc Bags

Ziploc baggies are for me, a must for just about any occasion, but you may not think to bring them to the beach. However, they can have several uses for a typical day at the beach. Ziploc baggies are perfect for holding your technology such as iPods, headphones, and cellphones. Touch screens will still work even through the baggie as well, so you’ll be keeping both the water and sand off your devices while still being able to use them without any issues. 

Bringing extra Ziploc baggies is also a great thing to have when you’ve finished your lunch and realize that the chip bag you opened may be a little too mutilated to simply stuff back in your beach bag. These baggies are also great for portioning out or separating any leftover food from your picnic. 

3. Baby Powder

There’s nothing quite like feeling the sand between your toes and getting down on hands and knees to build the perfect sandcastle, but once you’re packing up and trying to clean off, that sand can get a little pesky! You can always rinse off at a water spigot, or try to brush it off with a towel as best as you can, but there has to be an easier way! 

Well, there is! Rubbing baby powder on your legs and feet as you’re are brushing off the sand can almost magically get all the sand off because of its ability to quickly soak up the excess moisture and get that sand right off! 

4. Wet Wipes

From dirty hands that want some lunch to sticky mouths after eating that fruit from lunch to giving a last good polish to a sandy seashell, wet wipes are a great extra item to pack along on your beach day. 

Keeping the wipes in a Ziploc bag is also a good way to carry them along because you don’t have to take as many as a whole box and the baggie will keep them moist and in good condition until you are ready to use them. Baby wipes have saved me so many times, and I love having some on hand for any circumstance! 

5. First Aid Kit

Including a small first aid kit with your beach essentials may seem overprotective, but really it’s a very smart thing to do. Bringing simple first aid essentials like Band-Aids, gauze, aloe, tweezers, Neosporin, and sanitizer wipes are good things to keep on hand. You may also consider packing saline eye drops, ear drops for swimmer’s ear, and Benadryl (for any allergic reactions) for any mishaps that are specific to you and your family. 

Make sure you keep a waterproof container with these few first aid essentials in case of any emergency. It doesn’t have to be big, and it can slide right into your beach bag! 

We hope that these items can help your beach trip be a little better and beat out some of that stress that may try to sneak in on your relaxing beach day! 

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