What’s in my beach bag?

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 9.09.55 AMSummer is here, and as an island girl, my beach bag goes with me everywhere. You never know when that sudden urge to hit the sand and the water may strike. Now that I am back in Puerto Rico, my beach bag is ready to go back into action. Throughout the years, I have become an expert at packing just the right amount of things to keep me comfortable, entertained and protected while catching that tan. Here are my essentials when packing my beach bag.

Beach Bag & Towel: Well this is a no-brainer! A beach bag is the first thing to have when packing.. A beach bag! A nice, big sturdy bag is what you need that will not only help keep the sand out but also can withstand the water and wind. Weather conditions are a little harsher at the beach, therefore, the materials used for the bag should be able to handle it. The designated beach towel should also serve not only to dry oneself but also to lay in the sand. That’s why they also come in bigger and sturdier materials.

Sunscreen: Now, I am a fan of tanning at the beach, but I am very aware of the risks of sun damage, especially to the face. I have a strong sunscreen designated for this area that is oil-free and light in substance to maintain the skin blemish free as well. We all know the no-no that is to apply tanning lotion to the face! I also lightly apply sunscreen on my shoulders and upper back to further protect them from sun burn.

Tanning Lotion: My absolute favorite tanning lotion is Bain de Soleil. It has SPF 4 ( low, but my skin tone is on the tanner side, so I do not need as much coverage as fair skin types) and it provides a beautiful even tan that will last. Misting Spray: Since it gets so hot and humid at the beach, I find it very helpful to bring a misting spray to keep my face and body cool. I do tend to get very dehydrated at the beach and this is a way of giving my body some moisture. My current favorite is Avene Thermal Spring Water.

Sunglasses and Hat: Although I love the beach, too much sun can be a little annoying and can give me a bit of a headache. That is why sunglasses and a hat are essential to me, not only protect my face and my eyes, but also provide shade and prevent a headache. Remember to remove the sunglasses when tanning face front, you do not want that hilarious sunglass tan line!

Magazines, Books, Ipod: I always bring magazines with me to the beach. Whether is to do some research for my next post or to read a bit of gossip (we all love celebrity gossip, don’t lie!). I also bring my Ipod in case I feel like relaxing. A book can also keep you entertained for hours. 

Snacks: For snacks at the beach I like to bring fruit, because they do not need refrigeration and they are full of water (especially watermelon) keeping you refreshed and hydrated. I also like to bring water and some adult beverages :).

Miscellaneous: In my bag I always carry lip balm with SPF in it, since my lips tend to get dry pretty quickly. I also carry a comb and detangling spray and some hair ties, to keep my hair (prone to worst of tangling) as manageable as possible. The summer is the perfect time to recharge batteries for what is left of the year, make new friends and have some me time. Enjoy the most of it and have some fun!   Share with us, what’s in your beach bag? signature   Dont forget to follow me at:

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