Top 10 Things That Ought To Be in Your Beach Bag

Packing your beach bag may not be something you give a whole lot of thought to, but you should! You don't want your beach day ruined because you forgot something simple—yet necessary. Here's a quick top 10 list of beach bag must-haves to ensure you don't forget any beach day essentials. Double check this list before you head out to Emerald Isle beach this summer.

1. Beach Towel 

Ah, a good beach towel is worth its weight in gold (but hopefully doesn't feel that way). Finding a stylish, comfortable one that is compact enough to carry and easily shakes out the sand is a must. Need suggestions? Check out these top contenders for best beach towel in 2018.

2. Sunscreen

We all need protection from the sun's powerful rays. Choosing a quality, broad spectrum, waterproof sunscreen is a must for your beach bag. Make sure you bring enough to reapply often. And be careful not to miss any spots! One bad burn can ruin your entire beach trip, not to mention your skin. 

3. Lip Protection

"While lips do have some extra color, which people often translate as protection from the sun, it's rarely melanin [the protective pigment in skin]," says board-certified dermatologist Karyn Grossman, MD. "Applying SPF to the lips is a crucial part of your SPF routine." Don't skip your lips! 

4. Sunglasses

Sunglasses are one of the most important travel accessories to pack on any trip, but most especially for the bright sunny days of your beach vacation. Your eyes need protection from the elements of sun, sand and surf. Here are Travel + Leisure's top picks for best sunglasses.

5. Hat

We've talked about our love of a good beach hat before, but it's worth repeating. Protecting your hair, face and even your shoulders from the sun can all be done with the right beach hat. Not only is a hat a good protective measure, but it's always in style, too. 

6. Phone Protection

Just like you, your phone and other electronic devices need some extra beach protection too. Sun, sand and water are not the best combination for your expensive electronics. Read up on how to best beach-proof your phone right here.

7. Entertainment

You'll most likely want to bring your favorite beach read, your newest Audible audio book, or your latest fashion mag to the beach with you. Think about how you want to spend your time when you're not watching the waves and have what you need tucked into your beach bag.

8. Water

Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. You know it's important so don't forget to bring a good supply of drinking water with you to the beach. Want to take your water to the next level? Try these refreshing ways to flavor your water that are low in calories and high in flavor. 

9. Snacks

You know you're going to want a few snacks to munch on during your days on the sand. Pop a few of these easy and delicious beach snacks into your beach bag. These snacks hold up well in the elements. They also happen to be totally kid-friendly, too. Win-win!

10. First Aid

Last but certainly not least is a travel-size first aid kit that can easily fit into your beach bag. You just never know when you might need it. A cut foot on a shell, a relentless bug bite, or a pounding headache can all put a damper on your beach day. Be prepared!

This are our beach bag essentials. What are yours? 

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