8 Beach Bag Essentials You Don’t Want to Forget – LifeSavvy

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Whether you live near the beach, planning a vacation, or just heading to the local pool, a well-packed beach bag is essential. There’s nothing worse than hitting the sand only to find you forgot your sunscreen. (Yikes!) This handy list of necessities will ensure you have everything you need before you hit the surf and sand.

It’s easy to forget things when you’re packing, especially if you’re in a rush. If you often find yourself rummaging through your beach bag for an item that isn’t there, this list of must-haves is a surefire way to have a fantastic day at the beach or pool.

Sunscreen and lip balm

Sunscreen is arranged in a circle and several sunscreens are placed on a beach.
blue lizard

You can’t go to the beach without sunscreen. While some might be tempted to skip this step to get a tan, an SPF is an absolute must.

Broad-spectrum sunscreen protects you from UVA and UVB rays, reducing your risk of skin cancer and preventing premature aging and sun damage like dark spots. Blue Lizard Mineral Sunscreen has everything you need for a day at the beach.

It is a broad-spectrum protector and offers SPF 50+ with mineral active ingredients, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Because it contains no chemically active ingredients, it is also ideal for sensitive skin. Plus, it lasts up to 80 minutes and is sweat and water resistant, perfect for a hot day at the beach.

Your lips also need protection from the sun (they are just skin, after all!). The only thing worse than a painful body burn is chapped and blistered lips. Sun Bum’s Sunscreen Lip Blam has SPF 30 to protect your kiss. The formula is also vegan and cruelty-free.

A reader

A Kindle sits next to a backpack and a person is holding a Kindle.
To light up

Who goes to the beach without something to read? With a Kindle Paperwhite, you can take thousands of books with you to the beach, which can be really handy if you want to make choices.

The anti-glare screen means the sun won’t interfere with your reading, and it’s waterproof, to boot! Of course, you’ll want to make sure it’s fully charged before you go, but once it’s powered up, you get 10 weeks of playtime.

snack containers

The bags are filled with snacks and placed on a shelf.
Zipped top

No day at the beach or pool is complete without snacks. Although what you eat is up to you, you will need quality containers to ensure nothing spills or spoils. This Zip-Top Silicone Storage Bag Set is perfect.

Made from 100% non-toxic, BPA-free silicone, they’re incredibly versatile. Not only can they stand on their own, the zippered top makes them leak proof, so you won’t have to worry about food spilling into your bag.

The set includes eight different sizes for large dishes and mugs, as well as smaller bags for nuts, dried fruit or trail mixes. They are also dishwasher safe and can be placed in the fridge or freezer to store leftovers or food prep.

A beach towel

A woman carries a towel wrapped around her.

An average bath towel will not suffice for the beach. You need one large enough for both drying off and lounging. Something that is very absorbent and dries quickly is also ideal. This oversized WetCat option ticks all those boxes.

It’s incredibly absorbent, but not so thick and bulky that you can’t easily fit it in your beach bag. It also dries quickly, so if you like jumping in and out of water, it’s a great choice. You also won’t have to deal with a bad musty smell lingering in your bag for days. And yes, it is also machine washable.

A portable charger

A man and a woman each holding an Anker portable charger.
Anker

You’ll never have to worry about your phone, speaker, tablet, or eReader dying at the beach if you bring along a portable charger! That little extra convenience that you get knowing you’ll be able to keep your necessary devices powered up all day is worth around $20 or so.

This charger from Anker can charge a phone up to three times and most tablets once. You’ll need to fully charge it at home first, which takes around 5.5 hours, so be sure to plug it in the day before your day at the beach. It’s also super compact, so it won’t take up much room in your bag.

A water bottle

A person places a bottle of water on a log and two people sit in a forest with a bottle of water in their hands.
hydroflask

When you’re going to be out all day in the hot sun, you still want to take precautions against dehydration. A great way to do this during your day at the beach is to bring along a bottle of quality water.

The HydroFlask is a popular option thanks to its sturdy construction and large (but not too big) size. It even has temperature regulation, which can keep your water cold for up to 24 hours. Even if you don’t do any strenuous activity (beach volleyball, anyone?), the stainless steel construction means you won’t have to worry about the bottle breaking in your bag.

You can choose from a multitude of colors and four different sizes, ranging from 24 to 60 ounces.

A Bluetooth speaker

One person attaches a speaker to a backpack and another overlooks a lake.
Bose

Of course, you should always be respectful of those around you, but enjoying some of your favorite tunes is a fairly common activity at the beach. The easiest way to do this these days is with a portable speaker.

The Bose Soundlink is waterproof and UV resistant so it won’t overheat. It’s also rechargeable and has up to 12 hours of battery life, so it’ll last all day. In addition, thanks to the practical clip, it is easy to carry. The sturdy but not bulky construction makes it perfect for summer days near the water.

A first aid kit

A person has a small first aid kit in their backpack.
Coleman

It may not be the most fun item in your beach bag, but if someone cuts or scratches it will quickly become your favorite.

Coleman’s tiny first aid kit contains 82 pieces, but can still be easily stowed in your bag. You get all the essentials including antibiotic ointment, bandages, bite relief and wipes to clean cuts. Basically, if an accident happens, you’ll likely be covered.


Whether you live near the beach, planning a summer trip, or just heading to the local pool for the day, you’ll want all of these items in your beach bag. Not only will you be ready for anything, but you’ll also stay hydrated, sunburn-free and, oh yes, relax and have fun too!

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